Whether artificial or natural, most people tend to use an actual store bought Christmas tree skirt to cover the bottom of their trees. There are of course alternatives like using a wool throw blanket, table cloth, sheepskin rug and even ‘planting’ the tree in a large container (for more inspirational tree skirt ideas head over to The Pink Chalkboard). But here is another pretty simple idea I came up with just last week:
It all started with not wanting to use my old tree skirt (from when I was a kid) or the newer Martha Stewart one I purchased at the same time as my artificial white Martha Christmas tree (more on the white tree here). This year we got a natural 10 foot Christmas tree -over the years I had used the sheepskin rug, throw blanket, planter and even leftover burlap fabric from my DIY curtains. Then I thought about how cute my plaid wool skirt (which I bought at a local thrift shop and modernized/modified last December: more on that here) would look but I wasn’t prepared to sacrifice it for my tree (at least not this year!). So I popped back into that same thrift shop and was psyched to find that they had a few plaid skirts to choose from -AND one with an actual purple stripe running through it! (I’m trying to work hints of purple in the living room). Not really a typical color found in most plaid skirts (SCORE!) and although I wasn’t in love with that blue color, I figured I really couldn’t afford to be that picky. I mean it is a tree skirt after-all! It’ll only be on display for a couple of weeks -and even then, mostly covered up by gifts.
I took it home and with a good pair of scissors cut it open along the side from waist to hem (see photo) and that’s it. DONE : cheap, cheerful, original and new (to me) Christmas tree skirt in an instant!
What do you think? Are you doing something unconventional to your Christmas tree this year? Please share your comments below!
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