Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Reversible Ruffle Burlap Tree Skirt || $10

Ruffles. Burlap. Reversible. 
For under $10.
Why, hello lover.

If you've spent any time scouring over rustic holiday décor via Pinterest, you've definitely seen your fair share of DIY burlap tree skirts.  I've looked at A TON of them and after reading over the instructions, I was more confused than before I began.  Either there weren't enough pictures or too many pictures & not enough explanation.
Therefor this post was born.
The worlds easiest & cheapest DIY burlap ruffle tree skirt.
Your old tree skirt
3 yards of burlap ($2.97 a yard at Walmart)
LOTS of hot glue (approx. 15 sticks)
 Hot glue gun
Measuring tape
Step one:  Flip over your old tree skirt & lay the burlap on top.  Cut around the edges so that you have a large circle of burlap fabric you'll use as your base.
Step two:  Cut a slit in the burlap along the current slit in your old tree skirt along with a
circle in the middle.
Step three:  Hot glue the burlap to the back of your old tree skirt.  I did about 6 dots of glue around the outer edge and then about 4 additional dots along the slit.  You want to ensure your burlap is well attached to the back of the old tree skirt as you will be moving it around ALOT as you glue on your ruffles.  You don't want it moving at all.
Step four:  Measure from the inside circle to the outer edge.  Divide this number by the number of layers of ruffles you'd like.  I chose 4 large layers, but you could easily do less or more based on your preference.
Step five:  Lay out the remainder of your burlap.  You'll then cut long slits of burlap in the width that you chose.  Since I wanted 4 large ruffles, my slits of burlap were 6 inches each. 
(24 inches/4 = 6 inch ruffles)
Step six:  Begin gluing your burlap slits to the burlap base.  This part is tough to explain, but I'll give it my best shot.  Begin gluing the burlap slit to the burlap base, approx. 4 inches at a time.  You'll then create a fold and glue it to the part of the burlap slit that you just glued down.  You're essentially bunching up the burlap to form a ruffle.  It doesn't have to be perfect, trust me!
  It will come together as you go. 
Step seven:  You've now completed one row of ruffles.  Keep on gluing!
A part of me almost stopped here because I liked the look, but I figured more ruffles wouldn't hurt anything.  Am I right or am I right?

2 hours and 15 hot glue sticks later, we have ourselves a tree skirt. 
The best part, outside the ruffles of course, is that if you're feeling a different decorating vibe a few years down the line, you can flip it over and have a "new" tree skirt.
 With a new baby in our home, we're all about economy this holiday season! 
If you're looking to freshen up your holiday decorations with a new look, but not wanting to spend a ton of money, give this tree skirt a try! 
You won't regret it.

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