How to Make a Tulle Tree

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Tulle ruffles help create festive, colorful Christmas trees.
Tulle ruffles help create festive, colorful Christmas trees. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Tulle trees lend a vintage, whimsical air to your Christmas decorations and they make lovely gifts for friends and family. A cluster of these little trees could even replace a real tree for an interesting change, if your decor budget is low or if you’re allergic to pine. Tulle trees are also infinitely customizable, starting with the material, which comes in dozens of colors. Use just one color or mix and match them to suit your style, then embellish the tree as you wish.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot glue
  • 8-inch dowel rod, 1/2-inch diameter
  • 4-inch wooden disc
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iridescent beads

Squeeze a bead of hot glue onto one end of the dowel. Press the gluey end into the center of a 4-inch wooden disc. Let the glue dry for about 10 minutes.

Cut 13 pieces of tulle. Make four of the pieces 6 feet wide and vary their lengths to 15, 14, 13 and 12 inches. Make another four pieces 5 feet wide with lengths of 11, 10, 9 and 8 inches. Make the last five pieces 4 feet long and 7, 6, 5, 4 and 3 inches long.

Fold each piece of tulle in half, width-wise. For instance, your largest piece of tulle will measure 6 feet long and 7 1/2 inches wide after folding. Stitch the tulle down the folded side, 1/4 inch from the fold, using the longest straight stitch on your sewing machine. Leave long tail ends at the beginning and end of the seam and do not back stitch at the beginning or end of the seam.

Leave the threads on both ends of the tulle loose. Tug on both ends of the thread, gathering the fold into a tight ruffle. Tie the two ends of the ruffle together to form a ring. Repeat this process with each of your tulle pieces.

Slip the tulle rings onto your dowel from largest to smallest. Gently separate and fluff the tulle layers and glue on some iridescent bead ornaments with hot glue.

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