This is definitely my favourite DIY project that I have ever made! I can honestly say that I am so proud of myself for completing it. I worked with materials that I had never even held before and, even though I ran into a few problems (that caused quite a few tears), I was able to overcome them all – and I have something that I am so, so in love with as a result.
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Working with clothing fabric was so out of my comfort zone – I mean, I’ve only just begun working with felt – and I had very little idea of what exactly I was looking for, but everything ended up working out, and now I have a donut under my Christmas tree! 😄 😄 😄
Before I get onto the instructions, I want to talk about how this idea came into fruition. You see, up until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of a tree skirt. Daniel and I were trying to figure out where to put my donut bean bag once the Christmas tree went up, since the bean bag was sitting where the tree went last year.
We both said how cool it would be to have the bean bag sit under the tree, but that wasn’t possible due to the bean bag’s size.Sometime after that, I stumbled upon this DIY project for a pizza tree skirt by Aww Sam (AKA, one of my biggest blogging and creative idols in the world) and I instantly thought: I could make a donut version!
Once I had thought of it, the idea didn’t leave my head. I was already in the middle of multiple DIY projects – as usual – but this one had to be done, and I had to start it ASAP.
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Daniel drove me to Spotlight like the angel he is (for the second time that week too – Christmas really brought out my creative side!) and we stood in the fabric area for far too long feeling very overwhelmed by all the different kinds of fabrics, and whether or not the brown fabric should be warm or cool toned.
Eventually we made our decision, and with two square metres of fabric and a few sheets of felt in our hands, we came home and started working on the tree skirt! You’ll see in the instructions that we decided to use double-sided tape, which I have to credit Daniel for.
He immediately sprung into action with some alternative ideas while I was just a sobbing mess when I realised the fabric glue we had left some very obvious “glue marks” even when dry.
If you’re a more experienced DIY-er than I am and wish to sew or glue the fabric together, then I encourage you to do whatever you feel comfortable doing! Now, enough blabbering, read on to find out how to make this fabulous tree accessory!
YOU WILL NEED:
♡ Something sharp to mark the middle of your donut (I used a push pin)
♡ Felt in various colours
♡ Masking tape
♡ Fabric glue
♡ Double-sided tape
♡ One metre square of brown fabric, and one metre square of pink
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1. Cut your string into the size that you want the radius of your circle to be. Attach one end of the string to your pencil with masking tape, and the other end to your sharp object.
Starting with the brown fabric, put your sharp object where you want the middle of your donut to be. Since I was making mine on our carpet, I just stuck the push pin into the floor, but if you can’t do that, you may need someone to hold it in place for you!
2. Pull the pencil attached to your string as tightly as you can and slowly draw onto your fabric as you move around to make a circle. If your pencil doesn’t show up on your fabric, stick some masking tape onto the fabric and draw on that instead. Once you’ve drawn your circle, cut it out.
3. Detach the string from your pencil, cut off around two inches, then re-attach it. Lay out your pink piece of fabric and put the sharp object where you want the middle to be once again.
Carefully draw onto the fabric or masking tape as you move around in a circular motion just like before. Cut out the circle, but this time cut out the edges in a wavy manner so that it looks more like icing on a donut would look.
4. To cut out the middle of the donuts, you could do the same trick with the string, remembering to make the hole on the pink fabric larger than the one on the brown fabric, or you could get two circular items – one bigger than the other – and trace around them. Whichever way is easier for you! Remember to cut out the pink circle wavy once again so that it looks like icing.
5. Attach your pink circle to the top of your brown one in whichever way you choose. I personally laid mine out with the pink one on top and put a small piece of double sided tape under the edge of the pink fabric a few inches apart, and did the same for the inner circle as well. This won’t be as durable as sewing or gluing would be, but it’s not like this donut has to pass any vigorous tests or anything 😉
6. Grab your felt and sketch out a bunch of sprinkles in various colours, then cut them out. I would recommend playing around with their placement on the donut before sticking any down.
Whilst I usually love my donuts smothered in sprinkles, I think with this project less really is more. Once you’re happy with where they’re sitting, glue them on with a tiny dab of fabric glue – and ta-da! You’re done!
If you managed to get through all of that without crying or nearly breaking your knees from kneeling on the ground, then you already did a much better job than me! Haha.
I really hope you guys like this project as much as I do. I wanted to do something new and prove that I can do whatever I put my mind to even though I am lacking so many basic adult skills 😅
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I am really proud of myself for coming up with this project and actually making it. I am also now so in love with tree skirts and already have about five ideas for next Christmas – I’m really not joking!!
I hope you all have a wonderful and fabulous Christmas, and if you recreate this project leave me a link or send me a photo, I would love to see you do way better than me 😜
Until next time,