Burlap and Tulle Christmas Tree
THE IDEA– The same angel has perched on the top of my Christmas tree for at least 10 years. Every year, after a full day of decorating I would dust off her rumpled dress and set her on top without a thought. This year I was longing for a different look for my tree while still highlighting the ornaments we have collected as a family over the years. So, I started at the top. The angel’s time with our family has past. Time to donate her and start with a new design.
THE MATERIALS– With a blank slate, I started with material. I like the matte look and cottage feel of Burlap. Tulle is a great layering fabric for a Christmas tree because the lights shine right through. In addition, pearls play right into my cottage country design with their ivory natural hue. I purchased 9 yards of creme burlap, 7 yards of tulle with translucent glitter, 3 strands of pearls, some pretty crystal snowflakes and cream ornaments for filler. I hit the 50% off sale at Micheal’s so all my materials cost under $50.
THE DESIGN– Once I had what I needed, I had to make the bow. After much confusion and several tears of frustration, along with a crazy mess on the floor from the glittered tulle, I’d made this. It felt a little like riding a bike for the first time. This is a basic double bow, I just laid the tulle behind the burlap and tied it like a giant shoe. The only advice I can give you is don’t give up, just keep working the fabric until you get what you want.
Once I’d tied this on the top, the rest was easy. I cut long strips of tulle and burlap and let them run down the tree tucking them in at the top to create the illusion it is all one piece. I just tucked the fabric in along the way until it felt complete. Next I layered the pearls over the burlap and tulle. I didn’t mention lights because I have a re-usable tree (I hate the word fake) with lights but if you are recreating this look on a natural tree you’d want to get your lights in place first.