Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ruffle Christmas Trees!!

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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 Erin came 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!!

Check out Erin's blog for more fun ideas!  She just created this super cute book tree and has a great tutorial for it!





I hope you like trees because there are more to come :-)!! 

Have a happy Friday!

~Whitney

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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80 comments:

Plum Crazy said...

Ok...Love the trees...I have a pretty advanced sewing machine but never heard of the ruffler foot? Does it go by a different name? Great idea!

Nancy W said...

Adorable!!! I love going to roundtop too and have stuff my hubby wants to throw out too, lol. Hugs from Conroe, texas

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

These are super cute! I do not, however, own a sewing machine. :)

Erin said...

Holy cow!!! You took those and ran with them! Seriously, Whitney, they look amazing! Super great job. And I'm seeing burlap...can't wait to check out that version. You rock.

oursweetstory.com said...

I love love love this idea! I have been thinking about getting a sewing machine for a while and I think this might have convinced me!

Nancy W said...

I came back to leave a link to a project I did last month with one of those foam trees. Would love it if you dropped by when you get a chance to see it. And I love the logo and style you chose for your new look!

http://www.lovestocreate.com/2010/10/floral-topiary-with-my-silhouette-sd.html

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

LOVE my ruffler.. I don't know whatever I did before I bought one. AND.... I had a little girl! Oh, those ruffles.

These little trees are as cute as they can be. I'm going to whip some up one of these days... :-)

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Josh&Jenna said...

These are cute! I made something very similar with a drink bottle and hot glue gun (no sewing). http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=576185743559&set=a.564632860629.2076836.156801171
It's a really bad picture from my phone.

very merry vintage style said...

These are really cute. I need one in muslin, one in burlap.... thanks for the idea!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

These are darling! Oh...I want to make some.

Heather said...

these are ADORABLE!! And you have convinced me to buy a ruffler foot for my machine :)

Lorie said...

Those are BEYOND CUTE! I love them! I will be featuring them tomorrow morning!

Claire said...

Soooo cute-girly girl tree!!

Infarrantly Creative said...

So cute! I stumbled your post and facebooked it out. LOVE IT!!!! Ruffles and Christmas trees? Yes please!

Lisa said...

Those are adorable! I am actually looking for a sewing machine for Christmas. What model do you have? Any tips for picking one??

Shirley said...

I LOVE these!!! So cute! And you know I have to try them out since they involve ribbon. Now to get a gathering foot. :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh My Gosh Sweetie...
I love, love, love the trees. The ruffles just make them. And those little finials, and then to know that something you had been saving all this time, was finally coming out for use? Oh I bet DH was thrilled to death, and then probably asked, can we throw them away NOW?

Oh thank you for the beautiful share. I am definitely going to be making a couple of these. So darn cute.

Many hugs, Sherry

Lori said...

This is such a fantastic idea, thanks for the tutorial. Heading to Hobby Lobby tomorrow, I have to make some of these.

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Okay, I am a pretty avid sewer and I DIDN'T click off the page!! LOL I am going to buy one those!!!!! Hopefully, by the end of the weekend, you totally convinced me. I didn't realize it was that easy! Thanks for sharing.

MODAVESAİRE said...

oo its so easy but it looks wonderfful :)))

Cathy said...

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

Cathy said...

...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.

Kara said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! So stinking cute!

House Revivals said...

Really adorable. I just love how they turned out!

Shelly said...

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!

Jane said...

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

taidyeoriginal said...

these are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!
taidye original

Bethany said...

Those are so adorable it actually hurts a little bit :)
xo,
Bethany

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

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

Ashley @ Little Miss Momma said...

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

Dee said...

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

Erin said...

So Cute! I'm definitely trying these!

Helena said...

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

Kim said...

Love--we'll be seeing this all over!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

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!
Traci

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

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

Embellish said...

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

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

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

this blessed nest said...

may i pretty please, copy you completely on this!

LOVE THESE TREES WITH ALL MY HEART!

Mrs.B said...

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

This blog is FAB!

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

Whitney - love those trees. Here is another tree idea you can do and use up those spindles. I make these every year for our towns huge antique festival and they sell out.
They are called spindle trees:
http://www.tatteredandtimeless.com/2010/11/spindle-trees.html
the trees are the burlap based ones from michaels- 24 inch for $6.99
tammy

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

must. find. something cone shaped in my house TODAY and make these!

I LOVE that green one!

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Adorable! The spindle leg add just the right touch!

hipchic~cynde said...

I love it!!!! Have got to make it!!! Hope you don't mind...I am sharing this post on my blog it is just too great. :) Have a great weekend

Ashley said...

These are incredible! I love ruffles and you can't beat them mixed with Christmas. These are now on my "to Make" list. Thanks.

La-Dee-da crafter said...

I am in texas....where or what is Roundtop? Love the trees.
creationsbyladeeda.blogspot.com

Angie said...

I adore these! So cute!

Tardevil said...

Most awesome. I'll take 3 please! Lol! I've got to get one of those ruffler thingies.

Christy said...

These are super cute! I am going to make these with my girls this year! What a fun project, I love it!

Chateau Chic Boutique said...

These are so cute. I must say though that I REALLY love the new ones you just did with the burlap. I have not sewn on my own...yet. My Mom is an awesome sewer and highly recommended a great Brother machine for me from Costco but I think it doesn't take a ruffler. I think it just takes a gathering foot. Do you think that would work too?
Thanks again for your inspiration!
Missy

Pamela Michelle said...

OMG, amazing! Newest follower :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

These are adorable trees! I love them!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Very cute! Loving them. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

Maria said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I am so copying it! How the heck did you score those banister things? I am interested in the store you got them at! Also, what do you consider a resonable price for a ruffle foot? I want to get one. Sorry for all the questions! :) You can find me at
youcraftmeup.blogspot.com

concretenprimroses said...

Very pretty and unique trees.
I'm still using the Singer touch and sew that my parents bought me almost 40 years ago, and I've not used all the attachments. Now I'm wondering if it has a ruffle foot. gotta go look!
Kathy

SewSpecial said...

when you layered the different ribbons, did you do one row at a time?

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Love this idea! So cute!!!

Kelly and Nate Wright said...

So cute! Since my new phone is my Christmas present this year, I have asked my hubby if I could get him a sewing machine :)

Tracy said...

In love. Got tricked into decorating a table for a Christmas banquet ... I'm thinking you just saved my skin. Never heard of a "ruffler" foot before ... am going to break down and buy one. Thanks for the great idea!

tomiannie said...

Oh, my goodness! I LOVE it!

Liz said...

These trees are great! Thanks for sharing. I will be featuring you ladies over at ziggycrafts.blogspot.com.

April said...

These are so cute!!!

she wears flowers said...

These are gorgeous - thanks!

Jeanne Lobsinger said...

Super cute! So glad I stumbled on your blog!!

mmtncrfts said...

Oh, these are tooooo great! I just had to feature these on my blog. Linked back to you so I hope you'll come over and check it out.

http://www.mmtncrfts.blogspot.com

BikerCandy said...

I just had to say I love these! I already copied you. I'll be posting mine on my blog soon but I will definitely give you the credit and a linky dink on my blog. I didn't have a ruffler foot for my machine so I just did the old fashioned gathering way...but hey it still worked. I'm making them for gifts for co-workers and members in my stamp club. Thanks so much for a wonderful idea. Oh, by the way did you know that when this came out I went straight out to Hobby Lobby and all of the wood stuff was half off? How about that for good timing?

Jenny said...

Wonderful! I featured you on my blog!
http://aworldofcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/11/ruffle-christmas-trees.html

Lauren and Michele said...

We tried out your ruffle trees, 1st one was a learning experience and the 2nd one went great....it was fun, thanks for sharing. Heres our pixs..www.coffeeatthree.blogspot.com

Lauren and Michele

Ms.Alethia said...

I love this project! What a great idea! I linked back to it from my blog on HOLIDAY PROJECTS at Sew Much Talent. It reminds meof a couple of ornaments that I did some years back; one was a christmas tree made from artifical leaves, and the other was an angel made using an empty serger thread cone. Check it out.

Dacia said...

These are soooo cute!

Esbe Chic said...

Super Cute, I had to share on my blog:

http://www.esbechic.com/1/post/2010/11/christmas-tree-decor-diy.html

Gay Vaughan said...

So cute! I HAD to make these and I posted on my blog with a link to you. I don't have a ruffle foot, so I did them the old fashioned way. I love them, thanks for sharing your ideas!
~Gay~
itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

http://itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com/2010/11/busy-with-2sprouts-consignment.html

Stephanie (SandyChic) said...

Cute Cute Cute!! I tried it out for myself (without sewing the ruffle...). Didn't turn out as good. Next time I won't be so lazy ;)But still pretty happy with it!

http://sandychic.blogspot.com/2010/11/craft-idea-ruffle-tree.html

Thanks so much!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing. I am featuring it at Not Just Decorating. Feel free to grab a featured button if you'd like and have a great day :)

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I featured this cute thing on my blog today

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

tomiannie said...

LOVE these! I had to make some and share them with you:

http://tomiannie.blogspot.com/2010/12/my-grown-up-christmas-trees.html

Inspire Me Heather said...

I loved these trees (and the ones you just posted too) - I linked them up to my "Christmas trees" post today!!

Amanda said...

Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) This will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/25-christmas-tree-crafts/

If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

dollystar said...

linda demais; simples de confeccionar e com efeito final deslumbrante e inusitado.
Parabéns, Dolly

dining room table said...

I am planning of making this as my Christmas tree for the next year. Very pretty and I like the size.

 
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