I wanted something a little different for our living room tree this year, so I decided to go with natural colors. I decided to use the white tree with browns and tans a’la The Nester.
Since I’m not buying any Christmas decor, I used what I have. Here’s the tree.
First, I added lights and a lot of pine cones that I still have from the wedding. Then, I added a dried floral arrangement that my mom made. Then, I added any ornaments* that I had that were in the brown family (browns, tans, golds). I had more than I remembered. I even picked up that lovely tree topper* from JCPenney last year in January for $1.00.
Then I remembered – burlap is brown. And, I have a lot of burlap (I’m hooked to burlap and I blame Emily for addicting me.)
So, I draped a lot of burlap around and I made these burlap banners – Hope, Peace, Love, Joy.
I used burlap to make some “ornaments” for the tree. All were quick and easy.
Top left is just a square of burlap tied around a silver ornament (that I had). The others are just burlap put into hoops. I added vinyl letters that I’ve been saving forever for a little pizazz.
The tree skirt
Thanks to Whitney at Shanty 2 Chic, I had a great idea for a tree skirt. As soon as I saw her post, I had to make a tree skirt out of a drop cloth! Genius. Thanks, Whitney. Instead of buying a full-size drop cloth, I spotted a 5×5 foot one for only $4. Score!
I brought it home, cut it based on another tree skirt I had, and thirty minutes later, I had this.
I’m happy with how it turned out. The pleats are not quite as neat as I’d like, but I’m happy with it overall. Especially for a beginner sewer.
What do you think?