Tips for saving money on a Tree Skirt as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Post your ideas below.
When I was a kid, we just draped a white sheet around the tree and over the tree stand. As Jean Shepherd noted in his classic In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, with the lights of the tree, it looked like a magical snowbank.
Felt is a traditional fabric for tree skirts, and it's easy to work with. You can cut a simple circle with a slit for the tree and glue cookie-cutter shapes for decorations. Check your local fabric store for discounts and by-the-yard colors. Fleece is available in many prints and colors now, too, and like felt, requires no hems or sewing, as neither will ravel.
There's also patterns and craft books with ideas - be sure to check your library and crafty magazines ! I always note what I like about what's available at retail, and if I can't buy it after the holidays at 50 percent off, or I need it now, I copy it my way !
Hope you get lots of good ideas!
Felt is fairly inexpensive and comes in a wide range of colors with a generous cut. If you have a Joann's in your area you can use a 40 percent coupon or if you have a local Walmart you can find felt at a reasonable price. To cut your felt ,use the old "1950's" poodle skirt pattern and you have a tree skirt. Now get creative and decorate your skirt with old buttons, kids handprints (use fabric paint), use other felt to make dolls, snowflakes or snowmen. You can also use old beads and plastic jewelry. You can pick up fabric glue in the glue section at ither store mentioned above or your local fabric/craft store. Have fun!
I've seen many people using tree skirts growing up and we didn't at our house. Well, I found out why when my husband and I had our first live tree. I had gotten a plaid throw and table cloth from someone and used that. Old flannel sheets in Christmas colors or even table clothes (wash and can be used on table again) under our tree.
A Christmas tablecloth in red and green with gold threads woven through it - matches/complements the ornaments and garland. Bought 75 percent off after Christmas.
I bought a round vinyl tablecloth, folded it in half several times so I could cut the center out. Then just cut once from the outer edge to the center.
This has lasted me for about 10 years or more. This time of year you can find them in all sorts of Christmas patterns and colors. Mine is red.
I got one at the Christmas Shop which just opened. I bought a beautiful tree skirt in creamy white that is stenciled around the edge, 3 creamy white buttons with satin bows to match going up the slit to the middle $2.99. Great Buy! Had them in all colours!
And all of a sudden I got a brainstorm, New baby is coming into family before Christmas and I thought what a lovely wrap it would make.
I made a Quilted Tree skirt with some inexpensive 100 percent cotton in green and red prints. I put a red ruffle around all the edge and then tied it together with small red ribbons in half of the squares. I used it for years when kids were growing up. I still have it for memories.
However I got sick of red and green every year so this year it's silver lame, last year's was gold lame. I have a serger and all I do is buy a yard of material and it takes about 15 minutes of doing a rolled hem around the edges. Maybe I'll use the quilt again if I ever have grandbabies. Waiting patiently!
Just watch out putting good tablecloths or linen under a real live tree because after coming into a warm environment they can drop sap onto the material and you can never get in out.
Last year I bought mine after Christmas it was like 3 dollars instead of 22. Anyways this year I thought I'd let everyone know they are at the dollar stores suddenly 3 $ doesn't seem so good. lol jj I still like mine.
We use a sheet under the tree, then set all of our miniature houses around on top of the sheet with the cords going to various strip outlets. We put an "O" gauge Christmas train around the outside then put a layer of quilt batting between the houses and ceramic people, etc. We usually take a small ceramic sledder and tape him to the top of a rounded butter dish before putting down the batting and mound it up to the base of the trunk. The batting is very inexpensive and can be bought at Walmart or craft stores. It is beautiful and looks like snow! At night it is magical all lit up with just the tree lights on and the houses lit under the tree.
By Happy helper
Like others, I use a sheet for my tree skirt. My tip is to try a fitted sheet instead of a flat sheet, especially if you like a full, draped and gathered look. The elastic at each corner seems to create a rounder shape that is very pretty.
I bought a round white table cloth years ago, cut it and put some velcro to close it up around our artificial tree. I added a ruffle around the edges but when family and friends would come to visit, I had them all sign the tree skirt with a fabric pen. This skirt has became a family treasure filled with fond memories as some, like my mom and mother-in-law have now passed on.
I've had quite a few tree skirts that I've made for myself or given as gifts through the years; some out of fabric and others that I've crocheted or bought. My favorite though, is an old antique lace tablecloth that my grandmother gave me. She was going to throw it out because it had a few tears in it. I've used it as a tree skirt or on my buffet to place my Christmas village on. It just looks so homey and special, and envelops many years of memories. I've often thought of cutting and backing it to make an actual skirt for my tree and to top Christmas stockings, but it seems wrong to desecrate it.
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