I came across a pair of foam Christmas tree forms at the thrift store for just a dollar each this week, so I grabbed them to make this quick, last-minute Christmas craft.
- Cotton fabric
- Rotary cutter, ruler, self-healing mat
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine and thread (or use glue or fusible web strips to make it no-sew)
- Fabric scissors
- Pins (thumb tacks work in certain spots too)
- Wood star, acrylic paint, and brush
- 22-gauge craft wire and wire cutters
- Garland (optional)
Directions Cut about 10 strips of fabric measuring 5×44 inches (so if your fabric is 44 inches, just cut from one side to the other). Then, fold each strip in half lengthwise and press. Sew all the way down each strip on the non-folded side. Or, either use glue or some fusible web strips if you prefer not to sew. Use your scissors to snip on the folded side to create your fringe, making sure not to snip the stitching. Space them out about half an inch (you can eyeball it). Now you’re ready to wrap the fringe around the tree forms. I started at the bottom and secured the end using a thumb tack. Then I overlapped the strips so the end of the fringe touched the top of the fringe, i.e. covering the raw edge of the strips, securing the strips as I went up with more thumb tacks. When I reached the top, I folded the raw edge inward so it would look cleaner. I think I used 4 strips for the small tree, and 5 strips for the taller tree. Fold in the side edge as well, and secure the end on the inside of the fold with a pin. I painted two wood stars I found at the thrift store with gold paint, and wrapped them with gold craft wire. I wrapped all around the star and left a tail at the bottom, to poke through the top of the foam tree (this is the back…it looks neater in the front!). Here are the stars poked into the foam trees. I also added some gold star garland that I found at the thrift store (it was a good thrifting day!), securing every few inches with pins tucked underneath the fringe. All finished. The part that took the longest was making the fringe fabric, but it wasn’t too bad, and I love the result. The linen and gold combo is pretty and breaks up all the color on our mantel!