To make our first Christmas as a married couple extra-special, my husband and I decided to go all out with decorations. We decked out our front yard with energy-efficient LEDs, chose a locally-grown spruce for a tree, and pilfered my parents' ornaments from years past to adorn the branches. For an extra eco-friendly touch, can you guess what we used for a tree skirt?
We turned to a few old burlap coffee sacks we had laying around from art projects past (each bag cost us $1 from a local coffee roaster). We'd previously cut the sacks into 18-inch squares for another project, but knew they'd be perfect for our tree.
Using absolutely no sewing whatsoever, we used safety pins to secure the panels together, winding up with about six feet of burlap to wrap around the base of the tree. Sure, it's a little rough-hewn, but we love the look (it fits with our home's aesthetic) and we didn't have to spend another dime to make it happen.
You could do the same thing with any fabric you have laying around the house; even a sheet would do to make a casual tree skirt. The rugged edges of burlap are especially forgiving for this project, though, so we recommend it.
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(Images: Amber Byfield for Re-Nest)