Easy Alternative Tree Skirts




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Tree skirts can get expensive to buy and all just for some fabric to sit under the tree for a portion of the year. If you don't want to invest in one, or just don't have the time, try one of these cheap and easy alternatives to a traditional Christmas tree skirt.

If you feel like putting in the effort, there are many different tree skirt tutorials right here on Instructables :)

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Step 1: Table Cloth

Many people already have table clothes and they are easy to clean and are usually pretty durable. Try wrapping one around the base of the tree and see how it looks! Can work for rectangular and circular.

This one here is actually the one we used last year and are using this year.

Step 2: Skirt

Not surprisingly, you can use an actual circle skirt as a tree skirt. Make sure you put this on before you put the tree up or you're going to have some trouble! A true circle skirt will work best, but you can attempt this with other ones (just not a pencil skirt).

Step 3: Blankets

Just like table clothes, blankets are durable and easy to clean. You probably have a variety around the house and it's easy to wrap one around the tree. For a nicer look, you might want to go for a shiny bed sheet.

Step 4: Curtains

Give up a set of curtains for a short time and you can have an easy skirt for your tree.

Step 5: Cotton

Okay, now for a nontraditional idea.

If you are a crafter, you may have a sack of stuffing just sitting around. Tear it up and spread it out for a fun snowy look under your tree.

This can also look nice combined with other ideas here.

Step 6: Tissue Paper

Tissue paper isn't very durable, but it's cheap and lots of time you have some left over from gifts. Spread it out in any pattern you want under the tree and don't worry about just throwing it away when you are done with your tree at the end of the season.

Step 7: What Else?

Have any ideas to add?

Most cloth things should work such as towels, cloth napkins, placemats, etc. Just check out your linen closet and you may already be set to go.

I'd love to hear what "out there" ideas people have!



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    6 Discussions


    3 months ago

    Cotton is my favorite option, and my cats will appreciate that for sure))

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    Penolopy BulnickAuroris

    Reply 3 months ago

    They might like tissue paper too! Though I think either way you'll have quite the mess :)


    3 months ago

    An old welding tarp or truck tarp would be very durable and you would be sure to get all of those pine needles out of the house using it. Wrapping it around the tree would work but if it is headed for the garbage, you could slice an "X" in the center to accommodate the tree trunk. This could be re-used the next year. When summer rolls around, drape it over the patio table and put the umbrella up using the "X" shaped hole you cut in the middle. Let the kids decorate it for next Christmas. My favourite is the white stuffing that looks like snow. It would be a great effect with a miniature train running around the tree.

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    Penolopy Bulnicksnowf7

    Reply 3 months ago

    That sounds like a very very sturdy idea and fun idea to have kids decorate :)
    I also like the cotton. I kind of just threw it under the tree (my daughter only naps for so long) but you can certainly make it look nicer and I think a train set or those miniature houses would look so cute under there :)

    Penolopy Bulnickmisterxp

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thanks! One day I'll make a tree skirt, but until then it's nice to have other options :)