Burlap & Holly Tree Skirt

By  April Moffatt 

size: 50" diameter

  • Burlap & Holly Tree Skirt
  • Closeup View


  • Burlap, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Red cotton fabric, 1/8 yd.
  • Jute twine
  • Polyform Sculpey Ultralight Clay


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Plantation Pine, Cranberry Wine, Alizarin Crimson, Oyster Beige, Hauser Light Green; Duraclear Satin Varnish
  • Loew-Cornell La Cornielle Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7300C Shader #4, #6; Series 7439 Flora Round #2, #6; Series 7230 Long Filbert #6
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin, parchment-lined baking sheet, oven
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, iron and pressing surface, craft knife, measuring tape, straight pins, ruler, needle
  • Tree Skirt
  • 1. Cut burlap into 40" square. Press well. Cut two 2-1/2"x32" strips (binding) from red cotton fabric.
  • 2. Measure to find center of square; mark with pin. Using flexible tape measure, measure 20" from center and mark. Continue moving tape measure slightly while still keeping one end on center mark. Continue marking 20" out from center to create circle. Cut on marks making smooth circle. Choose one place on edge of circle; cut straight into center mark. Cut smaller circle on center with 5" diameter.
  • 3. From remaining burlap, cut four 5"x52" strips for ruffles. Measure 1/2" down from top on short end; grab burlap thread. Pull gently to ruffle strip. Repeat with all four strips. Set aside.
  • 4. Sew short ends of binding strips with right sides together. Press seam open and press binding in half lengthwise.
  • 5. On right side of tree skirt, match raw edges of binding with raw edges of tree skirt opening. Pin binding up both sides of opening and along curved cut out. Machine-sew along raw edges using 1/4" seam allowance. Press binding back. Flip tree skirt over and press binding in half lengthwise so edge covers thread line. Hand-sew into place using ladder stitch. Trim any extra binding at ends of skirt.
  • 6. Pin ruffles along raw edge of skirt so ruffle lays on top of right side of skirt and overlaps 1". Pin in place and stitch along edge, 3/4" from top ruffle edge. From bottom end, measure up 4", 8", and 12", marking each spot with pin. Machines-sew 10" piece of jute twine at each mark on either side of tree skirt opening.
  • Clay Embellishments
  • 1. Roll clay to 1/4" thickness. Cut six 1-1/2"x2-1/2" rectangles. Cut off corners of each rectangle. Pinch corners and sides to shape into holly leaves. Roll nine 1/4" clay balls. Press one ball on end of three holly leaves. Press two balls on end of remaining three holly leaves. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheet following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool.
  • 2. On covered work surface, paint holly leaves Plantation Pine using #6 shader. Let dry. Use #4 shader to paint area of leaf under berries. Let dry. Apply second coat as needed. Let dry. Paint berries Cranberry Wine using #6 round. Let dry. Apply second coat. Paint upper half of each berry Alizarin Crimson using #6 round. Let dry. Dot each berry Oyster Beige using #2 round. Let dry. Apply varnish on leaves and berries using filbert. Let dry.
  • 3. Hot glue holly leaves with one berry on left side of jute twine length and holly leaves with two berries on right side of jute twine length. Let set. Position tree skirt around tree. Tie jute twine into bows.