DIY :: No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

Hello lovelies!  Some of you may have seen the picture of the burlap tree skirt I posted on Facebook this weekend. If not, here’s the image…

DIY No Sew Ruffle Tree Skirt

Well today, I’m going to show you how to make your very own NO SEW (yep, you heard right- there’s not a hint of sewing involved or pinning for that matter) ruffle Christmas tree skirt for about $12.

Not only is this tree skirt gorgeous but it’s easy to make! The only thing that’s challenging is the time involved. It took a little over 4 hours to make and the first row of ruffles is the most difficult.  You feel like you’re gluing for what feels like days and there’s no end in sight but fret not. You WILL finish. It’s just going to take some time. So grab your materials and a glass of wine, turn on some Christmas music once the kiddos are in bed, and get to gluing because in the end you’ll have a beautiful tree skirt to show for it. As always, if you have questions please leave them in the comments section and I’ll respond as soon as possible!

Happy Crafting!

Xoxo Lindsey

DIY No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

Materials Needed:

  • 4 yards total of fabric (I chose two different shades of burlap- natural and white so I bought 2 yards of each)
  • Rotary board and cutter
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun with LOTS of glue sticks (I used a mini glue gun and easily went through 20+ glue sticks)
  • An old tree skirt to use as the base OR use an old tree skirt (48” is standard size) and trace it onto an old vinyl table cloth (bought at the Dollar store) and cut the table cloth into a tree skirt.


First thing’s first: cut your fabric. I found the quickest way to do this was to fold the fabric in half (width wise) and cut 3-inch strips. It doesn’t have to be perfect so don’t worry if it’s a little off, you’re making ruffles :)

Cutting Fabric for DIY Tree Skirt

Strips of burlap

Table cloth as tree skirt

Now the fun begins, time to make your ruffles.  Watch my video (it’s only a minute) and it will make so much more sense than I could ever explain via writing.

To make your ruffles, you’re going to squeeze a line of hot glue about 6-8 inches long at the edge of your tree skirt. Fix one end of the burlap down onto the glue and then make the ruffle by folding the burlap back over itself and then smoothing it out (on the hot glue), folding it back over itself, etc. This is what you’re going to do over and over again until you’re tree skirt is complete. When you get to a new row you’ll want to start about 1½ inches above your previous row and then make the ruffles the exact same way.

Steps to make a DIY Ruffle Tree Skirt

Tree Skirt Progress

Completed Ruffle Tree Skirt This part is totally optional but I figured since I had already invested 4+ hours in this project, then another few minutes wouldn’t hurt so I added some closures. I used cream-colored grosgrain ribbon (left over from my DIY washer necklace) but you could use twine or any other coordinating fabric. Simply hot glue your ribbon to the underside of your tree skirt and then tie a pretty little bow. And guess what? You’re DONE!

Tree Skirt Closures

Time to congratulate yourself and stare at your gorgeous one-of-a-kind ruffle tree skirt!  Like I mentioned earlier, that first row alone was enough for me to want to call it quits. After all, it took me about an hour. But after that, it was smooth sailing. Ok, there were a few hot glue burns and there was enough burlap covering my floor to have doubled as a rug but the end result was more than worth it!

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December 6, 2013 - 3:06 pm

LaCosta Gaston - Thank you so much for sharing this!! I love it! I have wanted to get ideas of making my own personal tree skirt. My theme is A Natural Christmas and this will go in perfect with the theme!!! I love it! :-)

August 14, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Camilla - Wow, this is so adorable! I don’t consider myself crafty but I just may have to try to make this! I think no sew could be pretty manageable. Yes, it is August but like I said I am not crafty. If I start to plan for this now it just may get done before Thanksgiving haha!

And your blog is darling- this is my first time here. It looks like you are on hiatus right now, but thank you so much for sharing what you have shared. You look like a woman with many talents.

God bless you.

April 11, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Brittany - Such an easy tutorial to follow!

I am attempting to create a ruffle couch cover (only making ruffles for the cover over the cushions) with top sheets using your ruffle technique. fingers crossed! :)

December 6, 2015 - 11:08 am

Amy Miller - Love this could not find one in the store so glad I found your blog.

April 4, 2016 - 7:13 am

The Sassy Momma - That was actually why I ended up making my tree skirt in the first place too :) Couldn’t find anything I actually liked!