Friday, 15 December 2017

DIY Skirts for Mini Christmas Trees

I had SO MUCH FUN making my donut skirt for our big Christmas tree (and apparently you guys had so much fun reading it as it is my second most-read post of all time! πŸ˜± ) that I knew I had to make some for our mini trees, too.

I adore mini Christmas trees. Daniel and I bought our first one back in 2013 (our first year of dating, aww!) because I apparently wanted one to keep in his room πŸ˜‚  I don't even remember that, but it definitely sounds like something I'd say! 



Since then, I have acquired four more including these two, a purple one that I got from Typo last year, and a white one that I bought from eBay that is currently on my Sailor Moon shelf. I decided to give these two trees themes of things that I love: junk food, and fruit! 

Since I had already made a donut skirt for the bigger tree, I didn't want to do the same thing for junk food themed tree, so I went with my second favourite treat - cookies! I love all kinds of cookies, but there's something so familiar about a good ol' choc chip cookie, so I decided to go with that.

For the fruit tree, I went back and forth between a few options before finally deciding to go with watermelon. Daniel and I both love watermelon - it's one of the most commonly eaten fruits in our household - so it made sense to have one on display amongst our decorations.

One problem that I ran into was that I could only find one fruit-themed tree ornament: a pineapple. I bought two of them, then made lemon, lime, grape, and cherry ornaments from felt. They're perfectly cute, but I hope to track down more real ornaments for next year.

Now, enough of me yammering on (as usual), and onto the tutorials!



Choc Chip Cookie Skirt

MATERIALS:
πŸͺ Dark brown felt
πŸͺ Light tan felt
πŸͺ Scissors
πŸͺ Fabric glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Place your mini Christmas tree on top of your light tan felt and trace a circle that is 1-2 cm wider than the tree stand.

2. Cut out your circle in a wavy manner to more accurately mimic the shape of a cookie, then cut out a very small hole in the middle for your tree trunk to go through.

3. Cut out multiple "choc chips" from your dark brown felt and play around with where you want them placed on your cookie. When you're happy with their placement, glue them on with a tiny dot of fabric, making sure that you hold them down for a little while until the glue sets.


SIDE NOTE: 
I was able to take my tree's trunk out of its stand, which means I could simply stick the trunk through the hole in the middle of my skirt. If you can't detach your tree from its stand, cut a line from the outside of your tree skirt to the hole in the middle, then glue or stitch the two sides together again, then face the glue/stitching side at the back of the tree.



Watermelon Skirt

MATERIALS:
πŸͺ Green felt
πŸͺ Red felt
πŸͺ Black felt or paper
πŸͺ Scissors
πŸͺ Fabric glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Place your mini Christmas tree on top of your green felt and trace a circle that is 1-2 cm wider than the stand for the tree.

2. Cut out your circle, then cut out a very small hole in the middle for your tree trunk to go through.

3. Trace your green circle onto your red felt and cut out a circle that is 1-2 cm SMALLER than that one, then glue the red circle onto the green one.


4. Cut multiple seed shapes from your black felt or paper. Play with their placement on the red circle and glue them down once you're happy.



How EASY are these skirts?! I could have made 100 different types and, believe me, next year I just might! I already have quite an extensive list of Christmas projects and recipes to do next year and you better believe that tree skirts will be making a few appearances once again πŸ˜œ

Do you guys like to theme your tree's when you're decorating them? I've seen a lot of people position their ornaments in a gradient effect on their trees this year and I am SO doing that next year! Imagine how nice it would look with all the colours of the rainbow πŸ˜ Hope you're all having a lovely December!

Until next time,

Indya xx