With all of the alternative Christmas trees we’ve spotted, we decided to use some of our versatile fringe trim to create our own! We especially loved creating this version because you can place it right above a table or chair that will hold all of your holiday presents. That way it looks magically larger than it really is!
6 yds of emerald 4″ chainette fringe
2 yds of gold 2″ chainette fringe
Green and yellow tacs
1 yd of metallic cord (optional)
Ruler and pencil (not shown)
1. Your tree is going to measure 34 inches tall and 20 inches wide. Using a pencil and ruler, measure and mark these points on your wall.
2. Using your tacs, add your first layer of fringe along these points.
3. Continue adding fringe from the bottom to the center and to the other side using your tacs. When pinning at the center, you can leave about an inch of wall space to cover up later. This will save fringe to complete the entire tree.
4. Once the “tree” is completed, use your gold trim as “decorations”. Cut out pieces that will drape across the tree to cover up the bare wall spaces. Tape or glue these pieces on. I taped them so I could salvage the emerald fringe for any future DIYs.
5. Add a star to the top of your tree. If you don’t have one, you can always use some metallic cord you may have leftover from last week’s DIY to create a star using your tacs.
6. Add any additional ornaments you may have and you’ve created a festive alternative Christmas tree!
Decorating our homes for the holidays has been on our minds for quite some time. We love the idea of creating garlands and mantle pieces using fringe and some holiday ribbons. Hopefully, these pictures allow you to fall in love with the idea too! If you want to put your DIY skills to work, make sure to check out our Holiday Ribbon and our Fringe sections to get started!
The holidays are quickly creeping up on us which means it’s time to start getting our homes ready for those holiday dinners! These images definitely want us to ‘deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la…”
Now that Holiday Season is in full swing I am sure that you’ve all got an enormous amount of cards poring in. Running out of room on the mantel? We may have a solution for you; this project is quick and relatively inexpensive. All you will need is; some ribbon, left over fabric, and a hot glue gun, and you’re in business.
- Piece of foam cork, we cut ours down to 24” x 24”
- 1 ½ yard of each ribbon you’d like to use
- Piece of fabric 2” larger than the measurement of your foam cork
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Cut foam cork down to desired size
- Place foam cork over top pressed fabric and center. Starting on one side fold over 1” remaining fabric and hot glue to the back of cork. I like to glue the corners over first at a 45 degree angle before the sides; I believe it makes the cleanest looking corners.
- Cut ribbon 2” longer than your board. Lay them out the way you desire.
- Fold ends towards the back and hot glue. You may want to pull out a ruler to be sure you get them all nice and straight.
- Fill with your holiday cards or pictures and enjoy!
The thought of having to design Holiday decorations was a bit scary for me, I have to admit. I wanted to design a décor that is not the same old boring red and green you see year after year, yet it should some how be traditional. I was perplexed, so I began to rummage through decorations of the past. I found a box of traditional Christmas bulbs used for decorating trees and garland and began playing with some of my favorite trims. The trims I found work best include; all sorts of fringe from glass to leather, sequins, pleated ribbons, and cording. The results are well, interesting. I think the looks are funky and fun and with our Black Friday Sale on November 27th at www.MJTRM.com, I hope they inspire you to try something different.