TUTORIAL ~ Burlap Christmas Tree

HoHoHo…in the Spirit of the upcoming Holiday Season I thought I would create a little Burlap Christmas Tree. 

 I used the same concept as my Burlap Wreaths, starting with the cutting of the burlap itself. If you have never cut burlap before I thought I would show you a quick and easy way.

For this project you will need:
One long 2″ strip of burlap
Numerous 3″ burlap squares (any color or multiple colors)
One Styrofoam tree shape (any height)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pen or pencil
First step ~ cut a small strip in the burlap

 Second ~ grab a strand of burlap and gently pull.  It will gather the material so just work the strand down until it is all the way out.  I re-purpose these strands to tag my finished furniture pieces.  You could use them to tag Christmas presents as well.
 See the wide cutting line it leaves for you to follow?  This will keep your burlap cuts straight.
Measure and cut your 2″ strip
 Measure and cut 3″ strips and then go back and cut into squares.  I think it would be pretty to use multiple colors in a striped pattern, I just didn’t have enough on hand to do it this time.
I picked up this tree form at Hobby Lobby.  $4.99 – 40% discount coupon
 Take the 2″ strip and begin wrapping in a circular motion, hot glue in sections along the way. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it will be covered up but this ensures no white Styrofoam will be show through.  I cut my strip 3 or 4 times so that I wouldn’t have puckers. 

 Once your tree form is completely wrapped, taking one square at a time, wrap it around the end of a pen or pencil, dab the tip with hot glue and begin placing them around the base of your tree.  You will have to hold each one in place for several seconds, then twist your pen and release.  Place each square fairly close to each other to reach the ultimate desired look. 

 Just keep adding rows, around and around you go!  This process takes awhile so I suggest popping in your favorite Christmas movie while you work.
 Here’s the finished product. I added squares at the very tip top to stand up straight.  You could leave your tree just like this or you can decorate it with ornaments or even vintage jewelry.  I think a grouping of multiple sizes would be really pretty.  I will make a taller one next time.  I think it would be more dramatic.
 I chose to decorate mine.  These are the colors of my 9′ tree but since I couldn’t get to my Christmas decorations yet, I picked these cute little ornaments up at Walmart for just $ .97 each.

(What I would do next time…cut out a round base to glue the tree on, a piece of hefty cardboard or even wood.  The burlap tends to lift the light weight tree form off the table a little.  I just squish it down to stabilize it but if the base was more substantial you wouldn’t have to worry about it.)

If you have any questions, please ask away.  Happy Crafting & Happy Holidays!

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  1. Adorable and great tutorial! ~ Maureen

  2. What a brilliant idea, and such a beautiful tree for such little $$.

  3. Cute, cute, CUTE! I remember making wreaths with my mom when I was a kid, but I never thought about making a tree – I love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. Very cute and creative!

  5. Great tutorial – I think I could even make it.

  6. That is absolutely fabulous! I love the idea, never even came to mind, thank you girl! Im definitely going to try this! 😀

  7. Bellissimo alberello di Natale!!!! Bacetti dall’Italia JERRY

  8. VERY nice! I think I will make one, since I have a styrofoam cone left over from years ago & haven’t known what to do with it in all this time. Thanks for the tutorial too!

  9. Wow! That is super cute and a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/11/make-it-pretty-monday-week-22.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Hi Judy, I love your little burlap tree. I’m featuring it tonight on Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy

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