1 Dec 2011
I didn’t exactly set out to make a Christmas tree skirt. It’s just that I didn’t really like any of the ones I found in the stores. I was planning to sew one, but fabric isn’t cheap, and I am a bit short on time, since we’re now about two weeks away from the dissertation filing deadline (always so much to do at the last minute! I can’t wait until I’ve filed for many reasons, not the least of which is that I’ll have the time and mental space for some of the projects I’ve really been wanting to work on). That said, this is our first Christmas together, and I wanted to make something special. This tree skirt cost altogether about $7, and it didn’t take much time at all: score!
I found this “holiday cover” at the hardware store, and it’s basically just felt. It’s a long roll, and I just cut it in half and then stitched the two pieces together side by side to give it some width, leaving an opening for the tree in the middle. I was thinking about dyeing it, but since many of our ornaments are red, I thought white would be a nice contrast. I rounded the edges a bit, but I wanted it to be more rectangular than round: more room for presents!
Then I made some snowflakes out of q-tips (thank you, Pinterest!), and I painted them silver. I happened to lay them down to dry on this crazy picture of Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, and some other lively ladies. I have no idea what’s going on in this picture, but I like it!
Once they were dry, I glued the snowflakes down on the tree skirt with Aleene’s Tacky Glue, which holds a special place in my heart, not only because it is awesome, but because it is the glue my dad and I used to build dollhouses together when I was little. 🙂 The final touch came from this long strand of beads that came with a big pack of ornaments we bought for our almost naked tree. We decided not to use it as a garland, so I just glued it down around the edges of the tree skirt. Voila! It is already covered with pine needles, but that is the way of real Christmas trees. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I might make a more traditional tree skirt next year, when I’ve got more time on my hands, but I like this one for our Christmas together. Hope you’re all enjoying the seaon as much as we are!