Stash Dive Your Way to the Cutest (and Most Unique) Christmas Tree


It can be hard to justify revamping your holiday tree decor when you already have a pretty solid collection of ornaments. But not if you're using stuff you already have! Enter, the fabric scrap tree.

With an easy braided garland plus a simple ornament (done up in multiple fabrics!), you've got a tree that's 100% original and easy on the wallet.

Braided Fabric Garland

What you need:

  • Fabric scraps
  • Heat N Bond Utrahold Fusible Adhesive
  • Clipboard (or cardboard and a bull clip)
  • Pinking shears or scissors
  • Iron

1. Fabric prep

Use scissors (or pinking shears if you have them — they'll keep your fabric from fraying too much) and cut your fabric into strips about 1-1/2" wide. It doesn't matter how long the strips are at this point. We'll deal with that next!

Pro Tip: For a thicker garland, cut your fabric into wider strips.

2. Join the strips

Time to start joining those strips together to create pieces long enough to braid. Cut a small square of your fusible adhesive, and sandwich it between the ends of the fabric strips you're joining. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to join. Keep going, until you have three strips about 3 feet long.

3. Braid, baby, braid

Knot the three strips together and clip them to your board. Now it's time to start braiding – fan out the three strips, and place the outer right strip over the middle strip. Then, place the left strip over the middle strip. Keep going, alternating right and left until you've braided it all. You may need to move your clip down the braid to keep things taut as you work.

If you get done braiding and decide your garland is too short, don't panic. Just fuse some more fabric onto the ends of your braid and keep going. When you're happy with the length, knot the end, and wrap it around your tree. Voila!

Fabric Rings

What you need:

  • Wrapping paper tube
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scraps
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Wax paper
  • Thumbtack
  • Perle cotton embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Pinking shears (optional)

1. Prep your rings

Cut your wrapping paper tube into 1" sections.

2. Cut the fabric

Use your pinking shears (or scissors) to cut your fabric strips to size. You want them long enough to wrap around the tube with a bit of overlap, and wide enough to fold inside the tube on the edges.

3. That's a wrap!

Lay the fabric scrap on the wax paper and brush ModPodge onto the wrong side of the fabric. Wrap the fabric around the tube, glued side down, and then cover with more Mod Podge, smoothing out the fabric as you do. Allow the ornaments to dry overnight.

4. Hang time

Poke a hole in the top of the (dry) ornament. (A thumbtack works well for this.) Cut a piece of embroidery thread about 6" long. Knot the ends together to make a loop. Thread the loop onto your needle, and pull it through the hole in your ornament, going from the inside of the tube to the outside. Ta-da! Ready to deck the tree.

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