Let me begin this post by stating I am not a Christmas enthusiast, rather a minimalist living enthusiast, so this is not for the Martha Stewarts of the world. That being said, I love the idea of repurposing as many currently useless items as I can so I dug out some of my old PROM dresses from the early 1990's and made a lovely Christmas tree skirt out of 'em. You can do it too (and probably a lot better) by reusing your ugly bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses, and/or that teenage daughter's PROM dress you refuse to give away because it cost more than your first car! *TIP this upcycled tree skirt idea is an excellent addition to any type of charity Christmas tree decorate-o-rama you might be participating in. Many times the dresses are not typical holiday colors which can make a fantastic looking charity tree!
- Step 1) Find yourself a couple of dresses and do not be afraid to cut them to fit your purposes...I remember the Alfred Angelo red number like it was yesterday...I thought paying $100 for a dress was insane 15 years ago, I cannot imagine what I will think when my own daughter goes to PROM - inflation, sigh.
- Step 2) Find some fluffy stuff like excess tulle, bubble wrap, or plastic grocery bags you can stuff under the skirt and make it extra fabulous.
- Step 3) If you can take your tree apart and isolate the base from the tree, great, otherwise you will have to cut and drape your dress(es) around the base as you please. Another option is to unzip the dress and try to fit it up and around the base.
- Step 4) Tuck in all signs of tags, zippers, and straps so that only the base sticks out from bountiful layers of taffeta, silk, and chiffon!
- Step 5) Shove the fluffy stuff up under the skirt like its PROM night 1999!
- Step 6) Tah-dah, you have a fabulous tree skirt with zero felt applique reindeer in sight!
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