Here’s a short, little tutorial on how to make these trees. Promise it’s not hard.
First…about the grain sack scraps. Obviously you don’t have to use grain sacks. Any type of fabric will work perfectly. Muslin, drop cloths, fat quarters, an old sheet. You need strips (length doesn’t matter) that are about 1-2 inches wide. Random is good.
Fire up your glue gun so it’s nice and hot when you’re ready. Start at the bottom and pin a strip of fabric to the tree.
Don’t worry about the pin heads because you will be covering them up. Wrap the strip of fabric around the tree. You have to sort of pull it to make it go on smoothly.
When you get to the end of a strip, overlap with another and pin where they meet. Continue up the tree until you reach the top. Make sure the top of the tree doesn’t peek out.
I used vintage bells but you could use anything you want for the garland.
String the bells on thin twine. Knot one end. Decide now which side of your tree is the front. Start the garland on the back of the tree at the bottom, securing the knotted end with a pin. Wind the garland around the tree and secure at the top with another knot and pin.
Glue on groups of buttons spaced evenly around the tree. Make sure and cover any pin heads with a couple of buttons.
Attach your star to the top.
There you have it. Finished.
Here’s a quick look at my tiered basket all dressed for Christmas. I left my blue Ball jars and added pine cones and red balls. It literally took 30 seconds and I didn’t buy a thing.
If you look very closely you can see what’s left of my South Carolina cotton bolls in the blue jar on the bottom tier.
I’m up next for our Homespun Christmas Link Party. My linky will go live tomorrow (Saturday, December 8th) at 8 p.m. EST. Please join me and link up your front doors and wreaths. Any wreath will do…it doesn’t have to be on a door!