Ruffle Tree Forest

I’ve been loving all the cute little Christmas trees that are all over blogland this year, so I had to make some of my own. Most of the tutorials you find involve sewing, but for whatever reason I’ve been feeling very anti sewing lately. Also, I don’t have ruffler foot for my machine, so I would have to sew by hand….blah. I was however feeling very pro glue gun, so here is my hot glue ruffle tree forest!

I had a whole picture tutorial set up for you guys, but somehow my brand new camera (lost my other one at the zoo last month) and my pretty new laptop (other one took a dump a few months ago) have teamed up against me and started deleting random photos in the transfer process. So here are some pictures, and I’ll just have to fill in the blanks with words. Shouldn’t be too hard, the whole process is very simple.
First step is to gather your supplies. I used styrofoam cones, wooden finals, and mini wooden candlesticks for  the bases (all found at Hobby Lobby).  You will also need something to make the tree out of, I used leftover fabric, ribbon and some gold rope. My favorite is the ribbon, it was the easiest to do and I think turned out the prettiest.
For the fabric trees, I first cut some fabric strips (about 2 inches wide or so), ironed them in half, then added a  bit of fabric glue to hold it together.
Actually, right after I took this picture I ran out of fabric glue (used it all for my lampshades), so i just used hot glue.
To make the tree, all you do is start wrapping it around the cone, gluing as you go. About every inch or so, fold it back over its self ( to form the ruffle) and keep going, like so…
This takes a bit, fortunately Elijah was pretty content playing with the glue sticks and bases.
I wanted a different look for the other fabric trees, so I cut a strip using my pinking shears and glued it on just like that, no folding or ironing required.
When we were decorating our Christmas tree I found a random piece of gold rope in the ornament box, so naturally I decided to make a tree out of it…
Your probably wondering if my toddler was still happily playing with glue sticks. Well no, no he wasn’t….
However, Levi (seven weeks) was behaving himself very well. He’s my favorite, lol.
I wanted the bases to be different heights, so I made some cuts and glued the pieces to each other (using hot glue! If only hot glue would clean my house…)
Then I painted those suckas white, glued them and the finals to the trees and suddenly it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
(if your wondering about that epic baby picture, you can read about it here)

I love them! I want to make like twenty more for all the other tables and shelves that are feeling unchristmasy.    Perhaps that would be overkill, lol.


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  1. Love them – great job!

  2. These are so cute!!! I would love to do these for a shelf in my home…I would love for you to share it at my “18 Days til Christmas” Linky party…

  3. What i lovely idea! They all came out so so cute! I like how you cut the fabric with the scissors! And may i add that your two little bundles adorable! Found you over at Cherished Bliss and I'm your newest follower :)

  4. Ohmyword. I love these. I want to make 100 of them. Well, probably not 100, but these are too cute. AND no sewing!

  5. These are great! I was just thinking that my Christmas-scape could use a little height. I think these would be perfect! Nice job!

  6. Cute! If only hot glue would clean my house… now that's funny! I totally agree, though. We're neighbors on A Bowl Full of Lemons link party this week… Thanks for sharing!

  7. bahahahahahahahaha!

    I love the professional photograph of your son peeing.

    The trees look great too.

  8. These are so cute! I love each one! I'm a new follower! i hope you'll follow me back!

  9. Hi, Ashley. What a cute forest of holiday topiary trees! Come & post a photo on our StyroCraft Facebook page — we'd love to see you there! Thanks. Sharon

  10. Great look. I'm a new follower. Stop by and enter to win my Heirloom ornament…only 1 day left to enter. Warm wishes

  11. I totally understand the urge to make a forest – they come together so nicely, don't they :) And, my computer randomly deleted photos for a while when I first got it, but then one day, it brought them all back. I think it's a conspiracy!

  12. Love them. Hot glue is one of my favorite things to use. Your little helpers are adorable, BTW.

  13. YOU sweet mom are amazing and I can't stop laughing. It takes me way back to wanting to have everything merry and bright and babies! You've managed to create both…congratulations and Merry Christmas.

  14. Cute! I like the finials at the tops of them.

  15. Those turned out so cute!

    Visiting from Someday Crafts! Feel free to drop by & say hello!

  16. So adorable! I have a similar helper in my kitchen at all times :-)

    Thank-you so much for joining up to our Pin'Inspiration Thursday Party. You have helped to make it a real success!

    Happy follower, would love if you popped by and grabbed a button :-)

  17. love these! thanks for sharing!

  18. these are great!!! love the patterns and how they look together :) and love the non-glue-stick-loving-toddler ;) blessings! -lauren

  19. Very creative! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  20. Your trees are beautiful. I would love for you to share them at Bacon Time's weekly fri-monday linky.

  21. Great ideas, I love the rope one too! Also the pics of your kids are so fun, thanks for sharing!

  22. Love these trees!! Love everything about them! I would love for you to come link this up at our link party…

  23. Wow, these are so awesome and I especially love that they are no sew for those of us that lack skill in that dept. :)
    Beautiful, beautiful! Love the picture of your two little ones too! Hard to get what you wanna get done when our kiddos constantly try to thwart our big plans, huh? :) At least that's how it is at my house.
    Stopping by from Serenity Now!

  24. Now I have another thing that I want to make this Christmas – thanks for the inspiration! Stopping by from Serenity Now.

  25. Adorable! I'm all over the no sew part!

  26. Those are adorable! Great job :)

  27. I'm a new follower!! I love this idea and would love to have you share this at my Christmas link party over at Rustic Crafts ~
    I hope to see you there!

  28. new follower :)
    very cute gonna have to do this next year
    pls follow back :)

  29. These are beautiful! I love the one with the pinked edge best! Can't wait to try these!

  30. I absolutely love this!! So cute and festive! I'd love for you to link up to my Feature Friday Linky Party

  31. Very cute! I love that they are no sew!!!

    Creatively Living Outside the Box

  32. They are so cute and really easy to make. Thanks for the tutorial and that baby pic is classic!

  33. These are fabulous! I'm imagining a few made from my scrap stash! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Rinni @ Rinni'sPlayground

  34. Everything no sew is great!!! Would love love love for you to share this at our party going on now Happy holiday! My

  35. These are adorable, I can't wait to make a small army of them! The finial top is perfect, and I love the varied heights of the trees.

  36. Super cute! I love how you showed what the kiddos were doing. So often I see posts from moms with this perfectly made item, and Im thinking WTH are the kids doing… LOL, now I know!!

  37. Love these!! Super neat…so are the kids!

  38. These are so gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that you had the most views of the Show & Share party! Congrats! I will be featuring this tomorrow!

  39. Great job! Love the little stands!


  40. So cute. Pinned these!

  41. love these and LOVE that picture :)

  42. These are so darn cute, super-cute, & would use up some of my scraps. Thanks for sharing!

  43. I love these! So simple and classy. Next year, I'll make some-no time this year. Your boys are adorable!

  44. These are super cute! Thanks for linking up to Show & Share! I’m featuring you! Feel free to come grab a button!


  45. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time. I hope your Christmas is as magical as your lovely decor'.

  46. love these and I haven't seen them all over the internet . To me they were new and fresh. I love how you always show your wee ones and what they are doing while you are creating. Such a fun look into your world. Merry Merry Christmas and thank you for linking this up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  47. These are fabulously cute!! I love them! Thank you so much for linking up with the frog last week. You will be featured during this week's linky party and will also be one of the frog favorite friends of the week!! Happy Holidays & HUGS~

  48. Really adorable. All of then are quite unique and adorable, and you did a great job. Thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best and happy holidays!

  49. I'm so glad I found you on The Sunday Scoop! You had me at “no-sew”. These are so pretty and so easy.

  50. Thanks so much for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's. Your ruffled trees turned out amazing! I'm featuring them today!

  51. These are so adorable! Can't wait to make them with my girls. So glad I found you over at Sugar Bee Crafts.

  52. Anonymous says:

    love the trees! Love the kids too. I used to spend naptime being productive. Now I have teens and find I finally have time once again. :)

    Thanks for sharing your ideas for the rest of us.

  53. Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on my Christmas tree craft collection.
    Please grab a featured button from my side bar when you get a chance. Thanks
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