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Sunday, December 25, 2011

How We Made Our Christmas Tree Skirt

This was originally posted at kiwicrate.com, and I'm re-posting here for the sake of keeping memories in one place.

The holiday break is here! Hopefully you’re able to soon take a step back and focus on the activities you most enjoy about the holidays. Looking back on Christmas as a kid, it occurs to me I remember more about the simple rituals of decorating the tree, baking, and playing board games with family than I do about any particular present.



This is the first year my oldest has gotten into crafting, so I’ve been taking plenty of opportunity to create memorable traditions for our family. We’ve been making our own ornaments, and even made a new batch last night. They’re great gifts.


But this time I’m making something for myself. I never got around to buying a Christmas tree skirt, which is a good thing since now I can make my own!



For materials, you’ll need:

  • Felt for the skirt
  • Felt or paint for handprints
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Fabric glue
  • Markers or Glitter glue for writing names and dates
  • Fabric ribbon for adding a border, if you choose
  • Tape measure, if you care about precision


The task of cutting a big circle is easy if you start with a square piece of felt. I used a 3 ft X 3ft piece since our tree is relatively narrow.




For the handprints, my son picked out his favorite felt color, and of course he went for kelly green! It’s a nice contrast to my red skirt. He traced his own handprints using chalk and then we cut his handprints out. The reason I chose felt for the handprints instead of paint is because of that darling baby.

We have a 5 month-old, and I was doubtful I was going to be able to get a clean hand print from him using paint. Nor was I able to trace his chubby little balled up baby fists with chalk!


So I used paint as a go-between. It definitely took a few tries to get his fists to relax enough so I could press his tiny hands onto the felt with non-toxic, washable finger paint. That would’ve been a disaster if I was trying to press his handprint directly on the skirt!

Now I was able to cut out his paint-on-white-felt print and use it as a pattern for the green felt.



After the kids were finally in bed, I glued on the handprints and my shiny red border. I went for a more subtle look with the border, though considered a stronger-contrasting gold one.


Now my tree skirt complete with handprints brightens the base of our tree! I used gold glitter glue to write their names (altered for the pic) and date. Markers work too, if you don’t happen to have a glitter glue stash.

What are some of your family holiday traditions?

Hope your holidays are very merry!!

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