My love for donuts has infiltrated Christmas this year! My bare Christmas tree was in need of a new skirt, so I went ahead and made a DIY donut tree skirt out of felt, complete with colorful sprinkles. The best part…no sewing needed!
Because I don’t consider myself an excellent sewer (sew-er? sewist?), I thought it would be ideal to find a way to make a tree skirt without having to sew it together, making it a quick and easy project for crafters of any experience level. Felt is great because it’s heavy and easy to glue together (compared to standard cotton) and it doesn’t wrinkle as easily is a thin fabric. It adds some fun to my living room now, and if you look closely, you’ll see the matching donut ornament on my tree that I made last year!
- 1 yard tan felt fabric
- 1 yard pink felt fabric
- Scraps of various bright colored fabrics
- Fabric glue
- Measuring tape
- Iron (optional)
Note, if you don’t have existing scraps of fabric, consider purchasing small squares of bright colors from a fabric store. They’re very inexpensive and perfect for cutting “sprinkles.”
Measure the length of skirt needed for your tree. For my 6 ft standard tree, I planned to make a 36-inch (1 yard) skirt because that was the largest size I could make with this fabric.
Cut the tan fabric into a 36-inch square. Repeat with the pink fabric.
Fold the tan fabric in half and then in half again (making a square). Use a pen or chalk to outline a curve connecting the exposed edges of the fabric. Cut along this line to create the circular skirt. Repeat with the pink fabric.
Along the curved line, draw a wavy line to make the “frosting” and cut again. This should be at least two inches smaller than the tan piece.
Use a cup as a template to cut a smaller circle along the opposite, folded end of the tan square to cut the middle circle of the tree skirt. Repeat with the pink, checking that the size matches the tan.
Unfold both pieces. On the back of the pink fabric, apply fabric glue around the edges and in the middle and secure to the tan piece, aligning the middle circle of the two. You can also use spray adhesive, but first ensure you have a safe space to spray it outdoors to avoid a sticky mess.
Cut pill-shaped “sprinkles” out of a variety of colored fabric. Use a piece of cardboard or paper as a template if desired, and glue them in a random pattern around the pink felt.
Cut a straight line from the outside edge to the middle circle and it’s done!
Then just wrap the skirt around the tree! It’s a fun addition to our living room, and I love that felt is thick so the fabric should hold up well over time.