Try on something new this holiday season with an elegant evergreen Christmas tree dress in your home. This stunning project uses tree trimmings from the Christmas tree lot to create the skirt over a foundation of chicken wire and a bodice of burlap.
Begin by sourcing greenery. You can ask for tree branches and trimmings from the Home Depot Garden Center, and embellish with branches pruned from your own evergreen trees and shrubs. The dress shown is made of fir, but pine, cedar, and even magnolias would work.
- Dress form or mannequin
- Chicken wire (poultry netting)
- Floral wire
- 2-3 packages of 100 black 4-inch cable ties
- Greenery such as evergreen trimmings from fir or cedar Christmas trees, pine, boxwood, cypress, magnolia, holly
- Embellishments such as ribbons, ornaments and LED lights.
Building a Christmas Tree Dress
1. Make the bodice. Cut a 24 x 43-inch piece of burlap and drape around the dress form. Fold fabric under one inch from the top and secure with T-pins. Cinch the burlap at the waist.
2. Make the skirt. With the tape, measure around the dress form. Using tin snips, cut a piece of chicken wire to this length. (You may want to have a helper to hold the wire while you unroll it.) Fold in the sharp edges of the chicken wire. Shape the chicken wire around the dress form, tying the edges together with pieces of floral wire or zip ties.
Tip: Wear long sleeves and gloves and protective eyewear when working with chicken wire.
3. Attach the greenery. Trim the branches with pruners. You will need longer pieces at the bottom and smaller pieces at the top. Working around the bottom, attach the branches to the chicken wire with zip ties.
4. Be creative. Keep working up the dress, selecting branches that will give the desired look. Incorporate different kinds of greenery for a unique design. Every other round, step back from the dress to check the progress and make adjustments.
Tip: Wrap green floral wire around the dress to control the volume for a slender shape.
5. Finishing touches. Trim excess greenery with pruning snips. Finish with embellishments such as lights, ribbon, garland and ornaments.
The dress will last a few weeks indoors. When it’s time to break it down, use pruning snips or scissors to cut the zip ties and compost the greenery. The poultry netting frame can be used again, just remove it from the dress form and store it with your Christmas decorations.
Get more Garden Club Christmas inspiration with these lists:
- Make a Christmas Light Globe from 2 Planters
- 4 Reasons to Love Fresh Cut Greenery
- How to Wrap Christmas Gifts in Garden Style