Sunday, December 4, 2011

Two Super Easy DIY Tutorials for Christmas Decor

My Christmas decorations are starting to come together.  This past weekend was a busy one but I managed to squeeze in a couple of quick and easy projects to add to my Christmas décor. 

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Here’s two quick tutorials that I did this weekend. 

Christmas Tree Skirt
I wanted a simple tree skirt and didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  I knew I wanted a fabric like burlap and shopped Etsy for a  bit to see if there were any in my price range, but unfortunately, though there were some gorgeous ones, there wasn’t any in my price range.  So a quick run to Walmart and I picked up a $10 round table cloth

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My initial idea was to use a drop cloth that I’d cut into a circle and them make it into a tree skirt… but got the idea of using a round table cloth idea which saved me a step in the process and worked perfectly.

First I ironed the fabric so it laid flat and easier to work with. 

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Then I folded it up into 1/8ths {fold it on half, then quarters, then one more fold}.  And used a round plate and centered it on the tip of the “cone shape”.  Then using a pencil I traced the outline of the plate onto the fabric and then cut along that line.  This gave me the center hole for the skirt.

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Next using a yardstick I drew another line from the center circle to the edge and cut.  {hey! looks like a tree skirt}.  For a super easy tree skirt you can leave the raw edges and just throw it around your tree base, or hem the raw edges as I did.

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I just folded each raw edge under and hemmed a quarter inch all the way around.  Then wrapped it around my tree and placed a few presents underneath and….
{HAPPY DANCE}

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A super easy tree skirt! Simple and inexpensive too!

Next easy tutorial is….

Napkin Pillow Cover

I started with two 18” napkins from Target that were white and silver and sparkly – right up my holiday décor style.  They were $5 for the two of them from Target.

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I didn’t take a before picture of the napkins before I started my project but here’s the image from Target.com

Next I flipped them so the pretty sides were facing each other and pinned all the way around the edges.  On the final edge I pinned in about two inches on each side but then left the middle section open, this is where I’ll put in my pillow insert and hand stitch closed.

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Then I just sewed along the napkin hem line all around the pillow except the opening I left for the insert.

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Once it was sewn, I flipped it inside {right – side technically} out and put in my pillow insert.

Next just hand stich the opening closed and you have a new cover for your holiday throw pillows!

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{HAPPY DANCE #2}
The other pillow is a sweater pillow I did too! See that tutorial here


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Love the Holiday season!!!

Linking up with these great parties plus others from my party page!
Cherished Bliss

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10 comments :

  1. Beauty! Great ideas and I LOVE that sweater pillow. xo Jenna

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  2. Beautiful!! Thanks for the inspiration, I need to get busy!

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  3. I love the diy tree skirt, so wish I had of thought of it last year before I brought that annoying glitter skirt. Glitter is all over the place...I will have to try this next year:)

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  4. PRETTY!!! I love them both (& your tree is so sparkly and pretty). Great work friend :)

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  5. Oh my gosh, that was so clever- turning a tablecloth into a tree skirt! My hat goes off to you smarty pants!!

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  6. Pamela!! I love the pillow and skirt! I posted about my tree skirt too! :) We are working on the our post for you too!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  7. Lovin that sweater pillow! Great idea!!

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  8. Oh my gosh this is so smart, and so up my alley. inspired!

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  9. Great idea! I have always wanted a nice tree skirt, but they always seem to cost more than I want to spend. I'll have to try this!

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