Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bow Tree Skirt {Tutorial}

Hey friends, guess what?
Yesterday on my lunch break I went to Hob Lob in search of a tree skirt for Charles, my Christmas tree.
Turns out, tree skirts are a complete rip off.
I'm talking $60 for a piece of fabric.
I don't know about you guys but my budget doesn't have $60 to spare for something I will only use for the next month.

-Insert my ballin' on a budget mindset here-

So, I took a detour and headed to the fabric isle, trying my best to remember all of those things I learned while obtaining that degree I don't use in Fashion Design.
All I knew is that I was not interested in sewing so I really had to pull out my creative juices.

Today, I present...
Here's what you need:
3-4 yards of tulle
Straight pins

That's it. Guys, I made this for under $5.
1. Wrap tulle around the tree stand as if you were prepping to tie a normal bow.
Leave one "tail" longer than the other.
Be sure to surround the tree stand so it's fully masked with pretty tulle.

2. Take 3 straight pins and connect the tulle in the center - like this:
3. Form each side in to a bow shape using straight pins to help keep it's form. 
Be sure to pin the side with the longer "tail" last so that it's sticking out.

4. Wrap your long tail around the center to create the final bow appearance and pin in the back as much as necessary. 
Note: I used a couple of extra pins to tack back extra fabric that stuck out.
Let the straight pins be your amiga, compadre, BFF.

And viola! You have yourself a Christmas tree wrapped in a bow.
Tilted star and all. Just kidding, that's Charles and his swag.


Like it? Love it?

64 comments:

  1. that looks really good. mine would NEVER turn out like that, I can hardly tie my shoes! I kid. but seriously, tree skirts are a total rip!

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  2. Ohhh what a neat idea! I'll have to try it!

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  3. Well that is by far the cutest tree skirt I've ever seen! Love it, girl!

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  4. This is such a cute and easy substitution! Love it!

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  5. You're tree is so cute! I think the bow suits it. Very girly :) The tilted star had me cracking up. I didn't even notice until you pointed it out and I scrolled back up to look at it. Dang those stars... can never get them straight!

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  6. This is so adorable. Just like you. Love you and your Christmas Tree Skirt more than I love gifs.

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  7. I love that you went all out with the pink tulle, too! So girly, so fun!

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  8. You have a pink tree... named Charles... WITH a bow. This is serious perfection at it's finest!!

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  9. I Love this tree bow! Charles is quit the ladies man!

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  10. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! WAY CUTE :-D

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  11. I love Charles and his swag!! Of course I love the bow too. So creative!

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  12. Shut the front door, I LOVE this! LOOOOOOOVEEEEEEE. Charles is so fly

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  13. wow! impressive! how hilarious is it that the tree's name is Charles, and is straight sat.ur.ated in pink? :)

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  14. This is such a great idea! I definitely want to try it. Tree skirts are super expensive and my cats always wind up just laying on it and covering it in hair.
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  15. Dang girl you make Charles look goooood. I think Albert is going to turn out to be his busted up big brother. Fack. To be continued.. Ps. Did you pin this shit yet ;)

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  16. Your tree is beautiful! Love the skirt idea too.

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  17. This is the cutest freakin thing! I love your tree, it's so you!

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  18. you are a fucking genius!

    and my star tilts too.. in fact, we have the same star.

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  19. Your tree looks super cute! I love it.. and the name! Unfortunately, I already jumped the gun and purchased a stupid tree skirt :-/

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  20. Love this!! So cute! I skipped the skirt this year...I couldn't believe the prices! Not to mention my cats like to rip my tree skirts to shreds every year:(

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  21. I love that your tree is named Charles. I love that Charles has swag. Charles is also decorated beautifully, and I love his handsome pink bow. This made my morning :)

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  22. This is great! Really finishes the tree and for $5 you can't go wrong! Thanks for posting!

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  23. This is such a cute idea! I doubt my family or boyfriend would let me do this in their home, but it would be perfect for female roommates!

    Life Unsweetened

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  24. That's such a cute idea! I love it!!

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  25. Looks really cute! I agree, pre-made tree skirts are outrageously over-priced.~Brett

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  26. AMAZING also your blog and you and everything looks amazing....and I heart you

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  27. This is so cute! I love the bow and the PINK! :) Freakin' HL is ripping off people that aren't blessed with the DIY skillz we bloggers have. haha :p

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  28. It looks so great!!!
    I totally agree - treeskirts are a major rip off.

    Erin
    www.cali-landchic.com

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  29. Love this! and LOVE the fact that Charles is "dressed" in pink!

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  30. that is awesome! I might have to attempt that for my little tree. All the crafts I've been trying to make from pinterest lately have been a big fat fail, so we'll see how this one turns out. =)

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  31. You got so many talentz fren :)

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  32. You're so crafty. Stop it. You're making the rest of us look bad.

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  33. Charles has legit swag. Love him all wrapped up with his tilted star ;)

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  34. Look at you, Martha!!! Charles is looking good!

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  35. LOVE IT!! Everything in life needs a bow!

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  36. Ummmm seriously? Charles is adorbs with that bow!!! I am thinking my nameless tree needs one of those...Hobby Lobby here I come! :)

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  37. PRETTY!!! Nifty idea! I love this. Thanks for sharing, will def be doing it to ours! :)

    Followed your blog, sucha big fan already!! :)
    ♥,
    Shari

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  38. Such a good idea. Charles is a pretty little thing! :)

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  39. This is ADORABLE Whitney! I think it's perfect for a princess palace! Charles is the most fabulous Christmas tree in town this year :)

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  40. that tree is so cute! & I love "Charles and his swag"! that's absolutely AMAZING!

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  41. What the EFF. That may be the cutest thing EVER! I don't think we are getting a tree this year [insert sad face] but next year I so want to do this! Good thinking Whitney! Adorbs and a half!

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  42. This is adorable! I'm definitely stealing this idea for my mini-christmas tree for my apartment!

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  43. You named your Christmas tree too?! Ours is named Kevin :)

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  44. That's easy! I LOVE IT!!!
    I'm all jacked up on lovin' the pink deco's!! It's a serious weakness for me! Very pretty!

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  45. Too funny! I would never in a million years think to try something like that. Excellent creativity!!

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  46. Aww, I just spent a pretty penny on a brand new tree skirt. Man!!

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  47. I've been wrapping my fanciest blankets around my trees for years because of the outrageous cost of tree skirts!

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  48. Love this, I am going to attempt this on my child's tree in the morning. Thank you for sharing!

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  49. OH my goodness - what a wonderful idea! We don't have a tree skirt yet..although a bow might be too girly for my husband?! I also love all the pink ornaments!

    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  50. cutest ever!! I need to do this next year. i used a color trash bag this year under our tree and put gifts on top ASAP. I found $40 skirts at TJ Maxx...for real?

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