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DIY Painter’s Drop Cloth & Burlap Ruffled Tree Skirt

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. It is around our house at least!  I started getting in the mood WAY too early this year as I put together a silent auction basket full of homemade Christmas goodies starring a painter’s drop cloth and burlap ruffled tree skirt back in September.

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Putting together all of that delicious Christmas decor made me ready for Christmas music, Christmas decor, and all of the Christmas festivities, STAT!

Fortunately, it is finally time where I can (sanely) get into the Christmas spirit.  So first thing’s, first!  I had to share the tree skirt with you.

It is stunning.  And it is doable for pretty much anyone who can cut a straight line and yield a glue gun.  The process is a bit tedious, but it is easy.

What you need to make a DIY Painter’s Drop Cloth & Burlap Ruffled Tree Skirt

  • 1 large painter’s drop cloth- these can  be found at your favorite home improvement store, or here on amazon.  I used a little over half of a 12′ x 15′ cloth
  • 1.5 yard cream colored felt
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 2″ burlap ribbon – I was sent this by request from

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  • First cut your drop cloth into 8″ strips using your rotary cutter.  I used about 11 strips, but how many you need will vary depending on how tightly you gather your ruffle.
  • Cut your felt into a circle.  I measured the middle of the felt and then took a string that was half the length of the felt and tied a pen to the end of it.  I had my husband hold one end at the middle and I pulled the string tight and traced a perfect circle onto the felt as if I was using a giant compass.  If you look closely at the second picture you can see my blue string and the pin mark that traces the circle onto the felt.
  • Cut the large circle out and then cut a smaller circle out of the middle by folding the felt in quarters and repeating the same method using a 6″ string.
  • Cut a slit straight up one side of the circle from the outer edge to the inner edge to give a place to put the tree in the skirt
  • Now you will want to start at the outer edge of the circle at one side of the slit, and glue the end of your first drop cloth strip to the felt.
  • You will work your way around the circle by folding a small section of the drop cloth and hot gluing it down then repeating to create a ruffled effect.  It will take multiple strips to do the larger circles
  • Repeat around the circle until you make a complete circle by reaching the other end of the slit.
  • Start the next layer by starting the same way as the first above the first layer, but leaving about 2″ of overlap in the layers.
  • Repeat until finished.

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  • Once you get completely done creating your ruffled layers, use your 2″ burlap to create a finished border around the smaller circle bu gluing the ribbon around the edge, 1″ on top and then folded over the edge and the second inch glued to the bottom.
  • Secure burlap bows down the slitted side of the skirt on each layer.  I will have a tutorial later this week on how to make perfect burlap bows for your crafts, so stay tuned!

Hopefully that was thorough.  This is not a hard project, but it is definitely time consuming.  I think it adds such a beautiful and elegant touch to any tree and it’s neutral palate can compliment almost any decorating style!

Like I mentioned I used this as a part of a basket that was auctioned off to raise money, but I now have sever tree skirt envy and am looking forward to getting started on my own!  In case you are curious about the basket here are the contents.  You will see many of these in upcoming tutorials!

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I would love to hear how you decorate for the holidays!  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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But before you go make sure and check out some holiday fun and freebies from my friends.  And don’t forget to check back next Monday, as we have a HUGE giveaway from oneof our favorite vendors, Easy Canvas!

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  1. Holly says

    Hi! Just seeing if your tutorial on tying the perfect bow is posted yet? I Just finished the tree skirt, and now I’m struggling with the bows! It turned out so good!! Thank you! :)

  2. says

    How big does the final skirt end up being? I’m so excited to do this project, but I’m wondering if I need to adjust material amounts/measurement before I start.

  3. Rebekah says

    I LOVE this tree skirt. I’ve seen several drop cloth tree skirt how tos but this one is gorgeous! Hope mine turns out as well.

  4. Cyndi says

    I’m so excited about this tree skirt! The one thing I’m running into as I make mine is the abundance of fraying going on by the drop cloth. Do you have any advice to clean up the edges? Thanks!

    • says

      I didn’t have much of an issue with fraying. Maybe the drop cloths vary by brand. You could try trimming the frayed edges and using some fray check. You can get it at Joann or most stores that carry fabric.


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