You are standing in the Christmas section of your local store. The muscles in your neck are a little bit tense and your nerves are frayed. Supper needs to be cooked and you are standing with your hands on your hips in an aisle full of other frazzled people. You realize the selection of Christmas tree skirts is appalling. I may not be able to help you get through all of this holiday season, but I do have one tip for you. Make your own Christmas tree skirt this year.
If the store you are in has a craft/hobby section, head there without haste. During the holidays, a fabric or discount store will have a selection of fabric for that holiday. Christmas is a special time, because you have unlimited choices for fabrics. You could choose lace, a solid color, a plain background with little star sequins on it, or any number of things. As you are walking through the aisle of fabrics, pick up the one that calls to you. When you have the best fabric for you, take it up to the attendant anxiously awaiting you. You should get one to two yards of fabric to make your tree skirt. Don’t be daunted by sewing if you are not handy at it. This is a no sew idea. When you get your fabric home unfold it and take a gander at it. Nice, huh? Now what do you do?
First things first, take a nice hot bath and relax. Going to the store to shop at this time of year is very stressful and a good hot bath will set your spirit right. Now you should already have your tree up and in its base. If not, do that first. Take your newly purchased fabric and loosely wrap it around the tree stand. You want to have it open enough at the top so that you can water your tree without messing up the skirt. Stand back and look at how it looks. Think, snow softly billowing around the base of a majestic tree, not there yet, then reposition the fabric. Work with it until it looks heavenly to you. And that’s it. I have solved the mystery of the dreaded tree skirt.
Now for those that are crafty with a needle and thread, you can embellish your fabric with appliqués and buttons. The kids could help out if you wanted to let them. Maybe they could pick out what buttons to put on and then you sew them on. If it doesn’t bother you to not have matching patterns or buttons, don’t tell them that they shouldn’t have picked a certain color or design. Help build their confidence and yours with a beautiful hand crafted piece of history. Who knows, they may like it so much that you pass it down to them in the future.
Remember that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a very nice Christmas Tree Skirt. Your imagination is the limit to the possibilities that are open to you.