DIY: Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Yesterday was November 1.  So, I took down all of my Halloween decorations and I put up my Christmas decor.  I have never decorated for Christmas so early before but I did it for several reasons:

  1. I am shooting Holiday mini sessions this weekend so I feel like I need to make it festive around here.
  2. If I’m going to even drag out all those boxes and fluff the faux tree which makes my hands dry, I better well enjoy it for as long as I can.
  3. I don’t have “fall” decor so I figured if I was already in storage putting away Halloween, why not drag out the next holiday?
  4. It’s my house so it’s my rules.

Mr. Wonderful didn’t mind that I decorated but he did plead with me to keep the soft curtains drawn so the neighbors wouldn’t see.  Hey, what the heck.

I then headed over to The French Bee‘s new amazing location on 32nd Street and Camelback Road right by Hava Java (best coffee ever in my opinion) and bought more Christmas decor.  I also saw Michael the owner and he showed me around in the new rooms and the boxes of Christmas stuff that is waiting to find their place.  Next Thursday from 6-9 is their Grand Opening for you Phoenix locals.  You’ll be rubbing your eyes the entire time.   I bought this stand up vintage boy that is holding a gift (he’s on a flat board) and he’s so cute.  I put him outside already and when I told Benjamin, his eyes widened.  Ha!  No hiding that from the neighbors!

I also then came home and worked on a little project just spending $16 at Ace Hardware for a large drop cloth that then became my new ruffled tree skirt.  I started to take photos then I gotta be honest.  I’m not a DIY step-by-step picture taking patient kind of photographer.  (Remember I never showed you before pictures of my house, only after).  So, here’s the result and you can visit this blog to see instructions, thanks to Pinterest searching.

Things you need:

  • Paint drop cloth (4×4 is the approximate size you need to cut from it)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun + sticks
  • 3 yards of fabric (use whatever you want, I used some of the dropcloth material because surprisingly, I liked it.) Cut to 2-3 inch strips – just eyeball it.
  • Ribbon to tie it shut (any thickness)

Click here to see instructions.

Diana Elizabeth says she will only allow herself to have enough Christmas decor to fill one giant tupperware bin.  However, as she’s seeing so many darling things, maybe two would be okay?  But no more than that…

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Lisa A

    I clicked on directions and it says I have to be invited to read them.. is this a private club or can anyone get in??

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Lisa, sorry that must’ve been to a private link that is now taken down (by someone else). It was pretty much cutting strips and using a hot glue gun to make it ruffle and keep going from outside in.

  • Mailinh Nguyen

    Love, love, love it!!!! I wasn’t quite in the holiday spirit until now. :)

  • Krystal C

    It was the year before that hubby didn’t get the chance to decorate the tree with me…and when I realized it was a big deal to him, too :)

  • Krystal C

    We are even more alike, Diana! I USED to just have 1 big tupperware box but it is overflowing…eek! And that doesn’t include our lights.

    I had Fall decor up, but I also put that up “early”…beginning of Sept. So come Halloween, I’m ready for something new! And who doesn’t love the feelings and sights of Christmastime?! Our inside is already decorated…minus the tree which we will do this weekend because last year Brad was bummed he didn’t help decorate it :) awww! I’m glad he’s an early Christmas bird with me (the inside of the house at least)!!! Last year on Halloween, he excitedly asked me, “Want to put up the tree tomorrow?!” YES!!!
    PS that skirt is amazing! And something I can attempt because I can’t sew a button.

  • Renee

    I seriously LOL’ed at, “…he did plead with me to keep the soft curtains drawn so the neighbors wouldn’t see!” Totally hilarious/cute comment! And I say at least three tupperware bins for Christmas. I buy more and more every year! Ahh! I am a total Christmas hoarder. :)


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