Ruffle Christmas Trees!!

Yes girls… It’s that time again! Well, for me it comes a bit sooner in the year than most but I am pretty sure that is a hereditary thing (our mom puts on Christmas music in late September).  So… Let’s get to it!  Here is my latest project…


How cute are those?? I can only take credit for execution on this one.  My sweet friend/ partner-in-crime Erincame over for a craft day this week.  She told me she would be bringing lots of “goodies”!  Not only did she bring goodies… She also brought LOTS of super cute ideas! This is just one of them.
We started with a few supplies…
We started with some super cute ribbon from Hobby Lobby.
And a few styrofoam cones!
STOP! Don’t click the red X just yet!! I am hoping that this will be the post that I will finally convince all of you that you need both a basic sewing machine and a ruffler foot.  This is so super easy and everything is cuter with a ruffle 🙂
I ran one end of the ribbon through the ruffler and a few minutes later I was done.
I started by glueing the ruffles from the bottom to the top.  I used my hot glue gun at a low temp setting to keep it from melting the cone.
On this tree I alternated my ribbon on each row… Just because it’s cute.
We needed some feet for our trees and I quickly remembered the stash of wooden spindles I scored in Round Top that have been hiding in my garage.  My hubby has asked if he can throw them out about 16,465 times so I am sure he was happy to see at least two of them leave the pile.
I used my saw to cut off the ends of a couple of them to use as bases.  You can also use a candlestick like Erin did on her paper trees!
Then I gave them a coat of our very fav Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Heirloom White!
I also used it to paint these super cute mini finials I found at Hobby Lobby!
Finally, I glued my base to my bottom.
Yah, that’s a different tree but I will share that later 🙂
I glued my finial to the top and wrapped some twine around it just because it’s cute.  I had some little silver jingle bells that I tied on to each end.  That’s it!
Don’t you love them!?! So now is the time (if you have not already) to get a sewing machine and ruffler on that Christmas list!! It’s so easy… I promise!!


I hope you like trees because there are more to come :-)!!
Have a happy Friday!
Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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  1. Mrs.B on November 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I love these…but not sure I can make the ruffles!

    This blog is FAB!

  2. this blessed nest on November 13, 2010 at 5:01 am

    may i pretty please, copy you completely on this!


  3. Allison @ House of Hepworths on November 13, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Please tell me how & where to buy a ruffler foot. I've never heard of one and now I have to have one! I googled it but I'm still a little confused. I just bought a sewing machine. Do basic machines come with one?

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  4. Embellish on November 13, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Oh my, these are fabulous. I especially love the red one. Also, I pray that your new niece is doing well!!

  5. [email protected] on November 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Ooh ruffles- I love them! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking. Off to check out Erin's blog…

  6. [email protected] Beneath My Heart on November 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Those are soooo stinkin' adorable!! I don't know if I have a ruffler foot, but I have to get one! I am going to make one of these for sure.
    Thanks for the idea!

  7. Kim on November 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Love–we'll be seeing this all over!

  8. Helena on November 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I am in LOVE with this idea. And intrigued by the idea of a ruffle foot.

  9. Erin on November 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    So Cute! I'm definitely trying these!

  10. Dee on November 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    When you attach the ruffle to the tree are you doing one layer, cutting the ribbon or do you wind it until you get to the top??? Love the look. Dee

  11. Ashley @ Little Miss Momma on November 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    BEST tutorial ever! Oh my hec, these are the cutest trees in the UNIVERSE, and how simple! I am in LOVE!

  12. [email protected] Hand Me Down House on November 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I just love these, Whitney! They turned out absolutely gorgeous! I'm SO into Christmas trees right now — so thanks a bunch for sharing!

  13. Bethany on November 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Those are so adorable it actually hurts a little bit 🙂

  14. taidyeoriginal on November 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    these are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!
    taidye original

  15. Jane on November 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Great idea! I have a lot of Christmas ribbon that could be utilized this way. Thanks for the details.

  16. Shelly on November 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I absolutely love these! I'll definitely be making a few. I'm not going to get started until I see the muslin/burlap reveal.I am, however, a little challenged learning to use my ruffler foot. Great project idea!

  17. House Revivals on November 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Really adorable. I just love how they turned out!

  18. Kara on November 12, 2010 at 6:10 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! So stinking cute!

  19. Cathy on November 12, 2010 at 6:10 am

    …forgot to add….I love the cotton branches in the background. We recently went to a pumpkin patch that had a cotton field…we picked the cotton but it never occurred to me to get the branches….what a cool way to decorate for fall.

  20. Cathy on November 12, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I can't wait to try this!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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