I needed a tree skirt. I have this pet peeve about trees without them. It was a week until Thanksgiving and I was getting down to the wire (I put up my tree the day after Thanksgiving because I love Christmas so much!) I digress, I went to Target one day and they had these red tree skirts for $5. Can’t go wrong with that so I bought one and went home. I opened it and it was a big felt mess. I decided to upcycle it into something great. And Voila! The Poinsettia Tree Skirt was born.
What you need
-2 Red felt tree skirts from target or and where else your heart desires
-Green felt sheets. I bought 6 and used 5. I had about 38 flowers to make you may need more or less depending on the size of your tree skirt.
-Needle and thread
1. I started by making a pattern. I made a few different flowers until I made one I was happy with. This pattern included 2 four point flowers layered on top of each other and two green leaves. Then I took that pattern and measured how many it would take to cover the skirt. My skirt was scalloped so I just counted the peaks and measured how many flowers it would take to cover a peak and a valley. It took three flowers, and ultimately It was around 30 some flowers. I rounded up and made extra to be sure. I believe I cut out 74 flowers all together.
2. I traced the pattern on the second tree skirt. I traced all of them before I cut them out.
3. I cut out (along with Mike) all the flowers
4. Then I traced the leaves on the green felt and cut those out
5. now the fun part, Mike and I hand-sewed every flower. We layered the petals then adjusted the leaves so they were showing and put a gold jingle bell in the middle.
6. after all the flowers were made (which took about 3 evenings sitting in bed watching movies) we attached all the flowers along the edge. I placed my flowers to get rid of the scallop. I wasn’t feeling it that day.
7. And you’re done! The pictures don’t actually do it justice, the red kind of blends together but in real life it looks great.
Tips and Tricks
-Have a friend or your boyfriend/girlfriend help you cut everything out
-Trim the top flower so the center is smaller. It looks better if the jingle bell covers most of it.
-Double up your thread.
-You will have floppy flowers. but they lay on the floor and until x-mas morning there isn’t a lot of stress to them.
As always, thank you for reading!