When I was little, every December I had my own Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree on my nightstand. Now that I have my own family, the mini Christmas tree tradition carries on. With it comes the need for a super–easy-to-make tree skirt. This project is nearly no-sew and can be made with kids 5 and over or made for kids, by you, in about an hour.
Whether the mini tree is a freebie from the tree lot or an impulse buy from the grocery store, tiny trees add tons of Christmas spirit to the home. Last year, we decorated a branch from the big tree in the living room for my baby son. This year, he has a live (flocked!) mini tree from Trader Joe’s. With the holidays already full of DIY expectations, I needed my boy’s mini tree skirt to be a quick project that could be completed during his nap.
Things You’ll Need
- Paper grocery bag
- Paper scissors
- Blue (or red) wool felt (at least 18 inches by 18 inches)
- White wool felt (18 inches by 18 inches)
- Fabric scissors
- Fabric glue
- Paper plate
- Wooden toothpick
- Tacky glue
- Small, circular mirrors
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery floss in blue (or red)
- Mini Christmas tree (available at most grocery stores)
Cut open the brown paper grocery bag and tape it together so that you have a large, 18-by-18-inch square to work with.
Fold the square in half twice so that it is quartered. Fold it one more time and draw an arch across the widest part. Cut out the shape to reveal a flower pattern that is roughly 18 by 18.
Cut along one of the folded seams to the center of the flower, and cut a small hole in the center.
Iron your blue and white wool felt, and gather your chalk and fabric scissors.
With the chalk, trace the shape of the flower onto your felt. Don’t worry if your lines are a little uneven or if your felt is just shy of 18 inches. You can build up the edges later by adding white felt pieces to round out the shape.
As you did with the paper pattern, cut a straight line to the center of the flower, and cut a hole in the center of your felt. My center circle was approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. It needs to be only big enough to fit around a small tree trunk.
From the white wool felt, cut several strips of varying thickness.
Snip the strips into squares, and then shape them with your fabric scissors into circles.
Squirt a dollop of fabric glue onto your paper plate, and with the toothpick, dab it to the back of your white circles. Place the felt circles along the perimeter of the blue flower. Note that if you use Speed Sew, you will want to work in a well-ventilated room, as it has a strong smell.
Layer the circles on top of each to mimic the look of snow, or if using red felt, to look like Santa’s cap. Sprinkle a few down into the center.
Continue placing the white circles until the border of the skirt is layered in white snow, and then gather your Tacky Glue and small mirrors.
Dot the Tacky Glue onto the back of the small mirrors and place them around the entire tree skirt. The small mirrors help make the white circles look more snow-like and will reflect any holiday lights you hang on the mini tree or around the room.
To finish the tree skirt, use a blanket stitch and your threaded embroidery needle to run along one edge of the cut in the felt.
Continue stitching along the cut seam, not to close the cut but to add a decorative trim.
When you are done stitching, your tree skirt is complete. Whether your tree is potted in a decorative tin or nailed to a couple of small planks of wood, the design of this tree skirt works on nearly all mini trees.
Adjust the fullness of the tree skirt by folding the opening over itself.
Your little elves will enjoy their tiny tree and tree skirt year after year!
All photos by: Megan Andersen