As we have all confirmed by now, I am a DIY Pinterest loving addict. I have come across the ruffled tree skirt pins before, but they always link to tutorials that either sew or use hot glue guns. I hate hate hate hot glue guns. I never come away from a hot glue project unscathed, so when I decided to make this rustic tree skirt, I went in search of another way. Below is the tutorial I came up with. Trust me, if I could do it, then you can make a ruffled tree skirt too and it won’t cost you $100 on Etsy.
2 Yards of two different fabrics (I used a red silk and a light burlap)
An old tree skirt or fabric cut into a tree skirt shape
Iron on adhesive (I used Heat N Bond)
Step 1: Lay out your tree skirt flat on the ground. I had my mom cut me a big circle shape out of an old fabric she had laying around. I then cut a small hole in the center and a slit to make it a tree skirt form. You can also use any old tree skirt you have laying around though.
Step 2: Cut the two different fabrics into about 3 inch wide strips. It is easier if you fold the fabric in half and cut the strips that way instead of laying the fabric out flat.
Step 3: Place a strip of fabric face down on the floor and place the iron on adhesive along the top of it. Make sure the paper is face up on the adhesive strip.
Step 4: Place the iron on the adhesive strip for two seconds. Be sure to get the whole length of the strip.
Step 5: Peel the paper backing off of the adhesive strip and place the fabric adhesive strip down onto your tree skirt. Start at the bottom of the skirt and form ruffles as you go along. Place the iron on the sections you want to adhere to the tree skirt fabric for 4-6 seconds each.
Step 6: Work your way to the top repeating steps 3-5 alternating fabrics until you get to the top.
That’s it! No burnt fingers, no sewing machine required, just a little bit of time and patience.