After seeing these trees from Inspiring Homestyle, I thought ,"hmm, that might not be too hard, I mean I had several of those rags left over from the rag garland last week so this will be easy peasy".
While it wasn't as time-consuming as the rag garland, making all my ruffles even, hiding the straight edge of the fabric and making sure everything lined up right was an OCD nightmare, but after the first one, I got the hang of it!
1. Now, if you follow Traci's directions, you would have bought ribbon like a smart person. Since I already had fabric, I decided to cut my fabric into 3.5" wide strips (like the ribbon she used) and then wrap them around the cone to see how long they needed to be.
3. Cut along the side to make little ruffles. I cut about half way up and put about half an inch between each cut. You can't really see it very well, it shows up better on Traci's version.
4. Next, wrap your ruffle with the flat side around the tree, securing with hot glue. This is where things got frustrating for me.
ribbon (or fabric)
cone (Styrofoam, paper mache, wood, doesn't matter)
2. Fold the strip of fabric (or ribbon) in half vertically and hot glue the sides together (so it will go from being 3.5" inches wide to 1.75" wide).
|Staci's ribbon version|
You see, as I wrapped the fabric then tried to repeat the step again with my next layer of ruffles, the ruffles weren't covering the flat section of the layer underneath. Because of the little bubble of fabric that wasn't wrapping tight to the cone.
So, I went back, cut a little notch and hot glued that booger down.
5. Repeat the steps above, measuring, cutting, gluing, making ruffles and securing each ruffle strip to the cone until you
give up get to the tip.
6. Now, Traci made a cute little burlap cross over thing to finish out her tree, but I had a little mini star from Michael's (from their "My Own Tree" collection). So I went almost to the top then just colored the paper mache cone red around the tip and put my little star on top. Oh, and I made a white & red one too.
|I'll tell you about those little bags in the background on Wednesday...|