Tree skirts sure have come a long way since their humble beginnings. Originally, when candles were used to light up Christmas trees, any old fabric was placed along the trunk to catch falling wax — and that's not very glamorous. These days, you can make your tree skirt as fashionable as the branches above it with modern fabric and a matching tassel detail. Goodbye wax and hello good design!
Things You'll Need
- Round tablecloth (36 inches for a small tree, 70 inches for a large tree)
- Washable marking pen
- Sharp scissors
- Peel and stick hook and loop fasteners
- Embroidery floss
- Hot glue gun
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Step 1: Fold and Cut Out the Center Circle
Fold the tablecloth in half once, and then in half again, so that it's in quarters. Place a glass over the center point created by the folds. Trace around the glass and cut on this line to create an opening in the center of the tree skirt.
Step 2: Cut From Edge to Center
Lay the tablecloth out on a flat surface and cut a straight line from the outer-edge to the center opening.
Step 3: Press and Sew Raw Edges
Fold 1/4-inch of the raw edge created by the cut toward the wrong side of the fabric and press. Then, fold another 1/4-inch in and press again.
Sew along the folded edge to finish the raw edge. Do this for both raw edges.
If you're using a vinyl tablecloth, you can skip this sewing step because the vinyl won't fray.
Step 4: Attach Hook and Loop Fasteners
Remove the backing on the hook and loop fasteners and attach them along the opening of the fabric.
Step 5: Create Tassels
Place a 6-inch piece of floss under the center of a skein of embroidery floss.
Tie a double knot in the center of the embroidery floss skein.
Fold the skein in half and tie another piece of embroidery floss about 1-inch down from the fold.
Trim the bottom of the tassel to your desired length.
Step 6: Attach Tassels Around the Tablecloth
Use a hot glue gun to attach the tassels at even intervals around the outer edge of the tree skirt.
Step 7: Place the Skirt Around Your Christmas Tree
Place the skirt around the trunk of your Christmas tree, and admire the chic finishing touch to your holiday scene.