DIY Burlap Tree Skirt

I know that I said that the Snowflake Wreath was one of my favorite crafts, but this one beat them all. This is one of my most favorite projects that I have ever done! Last year at Christmas time, I wanted a tree skirt to cover up the very fake looking bottom of our artificial tree. Due to a college student budget there was no way that I was going to drop $50 or more for a tree skirt. And the cheaper ones looked, well cheap! Luckily, I had a handful of Jo Ann’s coupons and a plan! Did you know that you can use multiple coupons at Jo Ann’s for the same amount within one transaction? As long as they have different bar codes, you are free to do so! Often times, I will use the one from the flyer that they send me, the one from their web site, and the one from the booklet in the store at one time. Again, college student budget… Anyways, my plan was to make one without using a sewing machine because we have a college sized apartment and no room for a sewing machine.There was also no way that I was about to hand stitch it either! I dug out my trusty glue gun and sketched up my plan.

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Materials: 

  • Four yards of burlap
  • Flat bed sheet – Do not go out and buy an old sheet. I bought mine at Goodwill. If I had been at home, I would have used an old sheet from the camper.
  • Glue gun & hot glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Craft or Fabric paint (optional)
  • Pod Podge
  • Pins
  • Ribbon

Step 1: Cut your burlap into strips that are 7 inches wide and 4 yards long. My last two strips were a little bit skinnier, but that worked out perfectly! I used them for my two inner most layers.

Step 2: Next, paint circles (or any shape) onto the strips of burlap using craft paint and sponges. I used a metallic Martha Stewart paint and then a glittery sparkle paint over it once the first coat had dried. This step is completely optional, but as always, it needed a little bit of sparkle. Be sure to lay paper under the burlap as you paint because it will go through the tiny holes in fabric and get on your floor or counter.

Step 3:  Now it is time to tackle the base of the skirt.  Fold the flat bed sheet into a rectangle (In half then in half again). Then from the corner on the folded edge, draw a semi-circle from one folded edge to the other. To do this, I cut a piece of yarn to 25 inches long and tied a pencil to on end. I taped the other end to one corner of my sheet and used it like a compass. This will give you a full circle base of 50 inches when the sheet is unfolded. A standard size tree skirt is 48 inches, so this give you a little wiggle room, which is a good thing when you are essentially making a plan as you go! Cut along the line you just drew. DO NOT UNFOLD YOUR SHEET YET!


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Step 4: This next step is important or else you will just have a big circle that you tree awkwardly sits on. In the folded corner that you just had your string taped to, place a cereal bowl to create another semi-circle. Trace around the cereal bowl, then cut it out. This creates the opening for your skirt to go around the tree.

Step 5: You can now unfold your sheet! This will be the base of your tree skirt To finish to finish it up, cut a straight line from the outside edge to the inner circle.

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Step 6: It is now time to create ruffles upon ruffles of burlap. This process takes a bit. It’s not necessarily difficult, just time consuming. To make the ruffles, you will start by pinching a small section upward, folding it to one side and then pin it! It’s that easy. Do this every three to for inches along the top of the burlap strip. Make sure that all of your ruffles are folded in the same direction or else the ruffles won’t really ruffle. Repeat on each strip of burlap.

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Pinch

Fold Over

Fold Over

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Pin

Step 7: Now to start the assembly process. Before you begin, I am going to give you a few tips. 1. Work with one strip at a time. 2. Pin the burlap to the base before you start gluing. 3. Make a handy gluing tool. Since burlap is not a solid fabric, the hot glue oozes through all of those tiny holes. When you are holding down the burlap to the base you will burn your fingers. It only took about 15 minutes of me swearing and scolding myself before Josh made me a tool. He simply took a wood pencil, put some hot glue on the non eraser side and handed it to me. This saved my fingers, a lot.

Now that the tips have been said…  You will start at the bottom of your skirt and work towards the center. The ruffle side should be facing up and at the top of the strip. Line the strip at one side of the slit that you cut into the base earlier and pin it into place. The first strip should hang over the outside edge of the base by about 2 inches. As you place the burlap around the base, pin it to keep it secure. I overlapped each layer over the last by about 2-3 inches to cover the “messy part” of the ruffles. In some tiers, my burlap strips weren’t long enough to fit all the way around the base. But, there is an easy fix! I started a new strip of burlap, overlapping the edge over the end of the previous strip by 2 inches and kept going until it reached the other side. You can’t really even tell that I did this! Ultimately this method worked because the strips got smaller and smaller as I worked up the base, so I didn’t run out of burlap!

 

Step 8: It’s finally time to glue down all of the strips! Working in a full circle, start gluing the burlap to the base using your hot glue gun. I started at the bottom tier and worked my way up. This is when the little pencil tool is handy. I glued the fold of each ruffle down (after removing the pin!) and then glued that to base. I then added a dot or two of glue in the space between each ruffle, removing the pins as I worked. I did this with each layer.http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/ruffled-burlap-christmas-tree-skirt-tutorialDSCN2976

Step 9: To secure the skirt around the tree, cut eight pieces of ribbon to the same length. Glue them to either side of the opening in the skirt in equal distances. This gives you four ties down the center.

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Step 10: Using the same ribbon that you used to make your ties, cut as strip big enough to fit around the inner circle in the opening in your skirt (Where the skirt fits around the tree.) Glue one-half of the ribbon to the top of your skirt then flip it over and glue the other half to the underside of the the skirt.tree skirt inside

Step 11: Using Mod Podge, seal any open edges of burlap on the skirt. This will prevent it from fraying.

Step 12: You are done! Put your skirt around your tree and enjoy it! And probably vacuum up all of the little burlap frays that are now all over your work surface…

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I know that this seems like a lengthy process, but I finished it in about a day! I watched a ton of Christmas movies on Netflix and powered through it. And it is totally worth it when the skirt will cost you only $10 (If you use coupons and materials you already have like I did!) rather than $45-$100+ if you bought a ruffled burlap tree skirt!

Enjoy!

Katelyn

Chirstmas extravaganza palooza

 

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Snowflake Wreath

Wreath




The Snowflake Wreath is still one of my favorite holiday crafts that I have made. I love it because it is sparkly and it can be kept up past Christmas! It was also a lot of fun to make. I may have gotten stuck in the wreath form and Miranda and I got to spray it with glitter paint! Who could say not to that?! Okay maybe a select few, like my future mother-in-law. But, we are starting to bring her over to the sparkly side!!!! Let’s get started!

Materials: 

  • Roll of Tulle – I bought mine at Micheal’s. If you can’t find it, ask an employee. It can be bought at almost any craft store. If you can not find it, you can by tulle off of the bolt and cut it to size.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic snowflakes- I bought mine at the Dollar Tree.
  • Wire wreath form- I found this at Jo Ann’s by all of the creepy doll heads and doilies.
  • Glitter fabric spray- Totally optional
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge021

Step One: This step is truly optional. The snowflakes I bought already had glitter on them, but they weren’t sparkly enough for me. So of course, I added more… I brushed a light layer of Mod Podge onto each snowflake and then sprinkled glitter on them. I used two different colors of glitter to mix it up a little. Let the snowflakes dry while you do the rest of the wreath.

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Step Two: Cut all of your tulle strips to size. The length of your tulle depends on how long you want the tuffs on your wreath to be. Mine happen to be huge! I kind of cheated a little bit. Being resourceful, I used the book “Milkweed” and wrapped the tulle around the book multiple times. Next I cut at the fold of the tulle at on end of the book and then cut those strips in half. You can also do this with a piece of cardboard. This saved me a ton of time rather than cutting each piece individually. If you want to know how big my strips are, they are approximately the size of the book “Milkweed”…

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Step Three: Start knotting your pieces of tulle onto the wreath form. To do this, I folded my tulle in half then set it under the form. Next, I slipped the ends of the tulle through the loop and pulled it tight. I did all of mine the same direction so that each knot looked the same. Here are some pictures to better explain this process…

Loop tulle in half and place under the wreath form wire.

Loop tulle in half and place under the wreath form wire.

Pull the ends of the ribbon over the wreath wire and through the loop.

Pull the ends of the ribbon over the wreath wire and through the loop.

Pull the ends tight to create a knot.

Pull the ends tight to create a knot.

Step Four: This step is optional, but Miranda and I thought it would be a great idea if we did it. We sprayed the tulle with glitter fabric spray that Miranda had left over from another project. This just helped the tulle sparkle a little bit more. The fabric spray can be found in most craft stores by the shirt making kits, puff paint, or tye dye kits. Let the spray dry before moving on to Step 5!

Step Five: Now it is time to glue on all of those beautiful snowflakes that you made earlier. Using hot glue attach the center of each snowflake to the knots on the wreath. You can space them how ever you would like! After you get all of your snowflakes on,  your wreath is finished! Every year, I have to re-fluf the tuffs when I hang it up on the door, but it has lasted beautifully!2014-12-08 14.29.50

Now remember when I said that I may have gotten stuck inside my wreath? Well that really happened at some point during Step Three… It was terrifying. Miranda and I both thought I could probably fit in it to wear it like a tutu and she convinced me to try it. And I did fit! We just didn’t have a plan for if it didn’t fit back over my shoulders or over my hips, which it didn’t. It was at this point that I started panicking because I really didn’t want to have to explain to our CA (We were living in the dorms at the time) why I was stuck inside of a wreath. Luckily, after a lot of tugging and deep breaths, we got it off! Oh and don’t worry, Miranda watched as I lost my head and photographed the whole thing!

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Wreath wearin' like a boss. If you decide to try on a wreath, this is probably the best way to go about it.

Wreath wearin’ like a boss. If you decide to try on a wreath, this is probably the best way to go about it.

 

Enjoy,

Katelyn

Chirstmas extravaganza palooza

Glitter Ornaments

This project was a lot of fun! I made them for my friends a couple years ago when we all lived in the dorms. These ornaments are simple enough that even little kids can make them! In fact, I am making them with my Little next week as a gift for her parents. Just make sure that you plan in advance so that they are able to dry ahead of time!

Materials: 

  • Clear or Iridescent craft ornaments- I bought mine at Hobby Lobby (1/2 price of course!) I’m pretty sure my first round of them were clear but when I made some last year, I could only find the iridescent ones. They worked perfectly and there wasn’t a huge difference between the two.
  • Glitter
  • Paper
  • Elmer’s Clear Glue
  • Puff Paint *Optional*

Step 1: Pour a good amount of glue into the ornament. Not a whole lot, just enough to fill the bottom of the ornament.

Step 2: Unscrew the cap of glue bottle and let the ornament opening rest inside the top of the bottle. Let the excess glue drip back into the glue bottle. This takes a minute or two. That sounds really confusing, but I am not sure how to word it. Look at the picture below. It does a much better job explaining what I mean than I do.

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Step 3: Fashion a paper funnel and pour a lot of glitter into the ornament! Then put a thumb over the ornament opening, and shake the glitter around. Then pour the excess back into the glitter container. Glitter ornament 2


Step 4: Put the top back onto the ornament and hang them up to dry! THAT’S IT! It’s that easy!

BONUS:

Now lets say you wanted to make them a little bit more personal or you wanted to add to them. I wrote UWSP on them in gold puff paint because that’s where we go to school. Last year, I used a clear/white shimmery glitter and used sparkly puff paint to make snowflakes on them. When I hung them up in the window, they sparkled in the sun light and when the Christmas lights were on.


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Still having trouble understanding what I did? It’s okay, sometimes I don’t even understand me! That is why I made this video to help better show you what I did. Mind you, this was filmed in my dorm room on my laptop. Also, enjoy all of the faces that Miranda is making in the background!

Enjoy!

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Christmas Picture Frame

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Today, I am sharing with you how I made a Christmas picture frame. I made it last year for our Christmas pictures. We needed something that indicated what year it was so that when I put it in the ornament, we knew! And I was probably bored which always leads to crafting with glitter…

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Materials: 

  • Picture Frame
  • Paint
  • Glitter (Optional)
  • Mod Podge (Only needed if you are going to use glitter.)
  • Round Sponges (Only needed if you are going to use glitter.)
  • Silver or Gold Sharpie
  • Gel Pens
  • Black Card Stock

I already had a wooden picture frame that I had bought from Goodwill lying around, glitter, the paper, and the pens. So all I really had to buy was the red paint which I bought at Walmart for 97 cents. Appropriately enough, it is named Holly Jolly.

Step 1: I started by removing the glass and sanding my frame and painting it with three coats of the Holly Jolly red paint. I probably could have gotten away with two, but I wanted to make sure it was completely covered.

Step 2: Once it was completely dry, I use my Martha Stewart “foam pouncers” (Which can be bought at Micheal’s.) to make different sized circles around the frame with Mod Podge. If you are not using glitter on your frame, you can omit this step. If you would like to add to your frame, you can use the pouncers to add another color of paint on top of the red!

Step 3: Pour the glitter over the frame. I did this step over scrap paper so that the excess glitter could be put back into the container. Then I shook off the excess and let it dry. If you are not using glitter on your frame, you can omit this step.

Step 4:  This part was the trickiest part. I wrote Merry Christmas about 100 times before I was satisfied with it. I probably could have just printed it out on the computer, but that would have been too easy. Since I was trying to not buy a whole lot for this project, I made my own transfer method. On the back of my paper, I lightly scribbled with a pencil. It doesn’t have to cover everything, just where your words are. I then place it (pencil scribble side down) on top of my black card stock and traced my letters that I had written on the front.

Step 5: Using your metallic Sharpie, go back over your letters that are now lightly traced onto the card stock.

Step 6: This is completely optional, but I felt like my card stock needed something more. I added some little snowflakes using a Stardust shimmer Gelly Roll pen. These can be bought at Micheal’s or Jo Ann’s.

Step 7: Reassemble your frame and you are done!

When I got the frame out this year, I realized that I put 2013 on it… And I really didn’t want to make a card stock picture. Instead, I wrote 2014 on a small piece of cardstock and used painter’s tape to attach it over the 2013. I used painter’s tape so that it could easily be removed and be replaced with 2015 next year!

Enjoy,

Katelyn Chirstmas extravaganza palooza

Snowman Door Decoration – Christmas Extravaganza Palooza Kickoff

The Christmas Extravaganza Palooza is officially starting! I am starting off with something fairly easy and quick. This week was pretty busy school wise, so I need something that wouldn’t take to long to make. I chose the Snowman Door because it is adorable. I also already had a compass that I had to buy for ONE math problem on my homework last week… I needed to get some more use out of it! This only took me about a half hour to make from start to finish.

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MATERIALS:

  • Black and Orange paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Compass or Hole Punches, or Different Sized Lids
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Step One: Make several circles on the black paper. I used my handy dandy compass! But you can use different sized lids or hole punches (If you have the big ones) to use as your templates. Then cut them out!

  •  3-4 big ones for the buttons
  •  2 Medium sized ones for the eyes
  • 8-12 small sized ones for the mouth (Just depends on how big you want the mouth to be!)

Step Two: Draw a slanty triangle on the orange paper and cut it out. Of course I glittered it! That shouldn’t have even been a question!

Step Three: Draw a scarf shape onto the wrapping paper and cut it out.

Step Four: Cut out a hat! I have no scientific method for this. I drew a rectangle onto a piece of black paper and then added two smaller rectangles at the bottom on either side. After I cut it out, I cut a strip of wrapping paper to make a ribbon which I taped onto the hat!

Step Five: Using tape, attach the eyes, mouth, nose, buttons, hat, and scarf onto your door. Our door just happens to be white on the inside so it worked out perfectly!

I hope you have lots of fun creating your own snowman door! And I hope you come back to check out the rest of the Christmas Extravaganza Palooza!

Enjoy,

Katelyn

Chirstmas extravaganza palooza

 

Are You Sure You Are Ready For This?

There’s something you should know.

I love Christmas. 

I don’t even try to hide it. I tried talking Josh into putting up our tree last week and he laughed at me. I love it because I love to decorate and bake and whatnot. But I also love Christmas because of what it is really for. Growing up, I loved doing the Nativity story and reading the “Legend of the Candy Cane”. It is still one of my favorite books and I will talk more about it in a later post. It was also the one time of year that I got to see my whole family. We are a pretty big group and when I was little I was always so excited to see everyone and spend a whole day with them. There was also really good food. I still get excited, but I haven’t gotten to go to Phillip’s Family Christmas since I started college. This will be the first time that I get to go in quite a few years! Christmas also gives me a lot of anxiety. Not knowing what’s right in front of me freaks me out. And waiting. I hate waiting. So much so that it makes me super jittery and almost sick to my stomach waiting for Christmas. Which is why my parents started the 12 days of Christmas. But more on that later.

I have a Christmas present for all of you.

Drum roll please!

    Next week will start the Christmas Extravaganza Palooza!!! 

I know it’s early to be starting it, but it’s almost the end of the semester. I have finals starting the week after Thanksgiving. That kinda frightens me, so I want to be on top of my game! I have lots of fun things planned that I can’t wait to share with you. Some will be repeats, some will be newbies. You will just have to wait and find out!

I’m just kidding! Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • Door decorations
  • Snowflake Wreath – The very one I got stuck in…
  • Tree skirt
  • Snowflake Ornaments
  • Big Giant Paper Snowflakes
  • Cookies
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Popsicle Snowflakes
  • Picture Frame
  • Glitter Confetti
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

So please join me while I deck our apartment out in glitter and drive Josh nuts with Christmas music!  🙂

Enjoy,

KatelynChirstmas extravaganza palooza