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Ruffle Tree Forest

I’ve been loving all the cute little Christmas trees that are all over blogland this year, so I had to make some of my own. Most of the tutorials you find involve sewing, but for whatever reason I’ve been feeling very anti-sewing lately. Also, I don’t have ruffler foot for my machine, so I would have to sew by hand….blah. I was however feeling very pro glue gun, so here is my hot glue ruffle tree forest!

Ruffle trees made with glue

I had a whole picture tutorial set up for you guys, but somehow my brand new camera (lost my other one at the zoo last month) and my pretty new laptop (the other one took a dump a few months ago) have teamed up against me and started deleting random photos in the transfer process. So here are some pictures, and I’ll just have to fill in the blanks with words. It shouldn’t be too hard, the whole process is very simple.

First step is to gather your supplies. I used styrofoam cones, wooden finals, and mini wooden candlesticks for the bases (all found at Hobby Lobby).  You will also need something to make the tree out of, I used leftover fabric, ribbon and some gold rope. My favorite is the ribbon, it was the easiest to do, and I think turned out the prettiest.

For the fabric trees, I first cut some fabric strips (about 2 inches wide or so), ironed them in half, then added a  bit of fabric glue to hold it together

fabric Christmas project

To make the tree, all you do is start wrapping it around the cone, gluing as you go. About every inch or so, fold it back over itself ( to form the ruffle) and keep going, like so…

simple Christmas project

This takes a bit, fortunately Elijah was pretty content playing with the glue sticks and bases.

toddler friendly christmas projects

I wanted a different look for the other fabric trees, so I cut a strip using my pinking shears and glued it on just like that, no folding or ironing required.

DIY christmas decor

When we were decorating our Christmas tree, I found a random piece of gold rope in the ornament box, so naturally, I decided to make a tree out of it…

different christmas projects

You’re probably wondering if my toddler was still happily playing with glue sticks. Well no, no he wasn’t….

toddler holiday projects

However, Levi (seven weeks) was behaving himself very well. He’s my favorite, lol.

I wanted the bases to be different heights, so I made some cuts and glued the pieces to each other (using hot glue! If only hot glue would clean my house…)

unique holiday decor

Then I painted those suckas white, glued them and the finals to the trees and suddenly it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

cheery holiday decor

If you’re wondering about that epic baby picture, you can read about it by clicking below


fabric christmas project
what to do with leftover fabric scraps

I love them! I want to make like twenty more for all the other tables and shelves that are feeling unchristmasy.    Perhaps that would be overkill, lol.

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  1. What i lovely idea! They all came out so so cute! I like how you cut the fabric with the scissors! And may i add that your two little bundles adorable! Found you over at Cherished Bliss and I'm your newest follower :)

  2. Cute! If only hot glue would clean my house… now that's funny! I totally agree, though. We're neighbors on A Bowl Full of Lemons link party this week… Thanks for sharing!

  3. I totally understand the urge to make a forest – they come together so nicely, don't they :) And, my computer randomly deleted photos for a while when I first got it, but then one day, it brought them all back. I think it's a conspiracy!

  4. So adorable! I have a similar helper in my kitchen at all times :-)

    Thank-you so much for joining up to our Pin'Inspiration Thursday Party. You have helped to make it a real success!

    Happy follower, would love if you popped by and grabbed a button :-)

  5. Love these trees!! Love everything about them! I would love for you to come link this up at our link party…junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-it-up-wednesday-7.html

  6. Wow, these are so awesome and I especially love that they are no sew for those of us that lack skill in that dept. :)
    Beautiful, beautiful! Love the picture of your two little ones too! Hard to get what you wanna get done when our kiddos constantly try to thwart our big plans, huh? :) At least that's how it is at my house.
    Stopping by from Serenity Now!

  7. Super cute! I love how you showed what the kiddos were doing. So often I see posts from moms with this perfectly made item, and Im thinking WTH are the kids doing… LOL, now I know!!

  8. These are so gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that you had the most views of the Show & Share party! Congrats! I will be featuring this tomorrow!

  9. love these and I haven't seen them all over the internet . To me they were new and fresh. I love how you always show your wee ones and what they are doing while you are creating. Such a fun look into your world. Merry Merry Christmas and thank you for linking this up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  10. These are fabulously cute!! I love them! Thank you so much for linking up with the frog last week. You will be featured during this week's linky party and will also be one of the frog favorite friends of the week!! Happy Holidays & HUGS~

  11. love the trees! Love the kids too. I used to spend naptime being productive. Now I have teens and find I finally have time once again. :)

    Thanks for sharing your ideas for the rest of us.

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