Create a new kind of Christmas tree this year when you make a dress form Christmas tree. This stylish project will be the talk of your holiday parties and may become your new holiday tradition.
Although it looks complicated, the skills involved are basic. If you can cut poultry netting, burlap and tree branches, and secure them to the dress form, you can make this tree in an afternoon.
This is the second Garden Club Christmas tree dress. The original instructions make a glamorous evergreen evening gown. This go around, we’ve shortened the hemline, and by doing so, have taken a good bit of the work off the project. Instead of a couple of days, this project will take just a couple of hours. Get a helper to trim the greenery and style the dress and you could finish sooner.
The key is having all the materials on hand before you begin. Use fresh greenery for the skirt, from your landscape or your local Home Depot Christmas tree lot. Go on a busy day and fill your car with greenery. Wrap the bodice with landscaper’s burlap and finish with LED lights, ornaments, a wired ribbon sash and a bead garland necklace.
- Dress form
- Poultry netting (chicken wire)
- Live greenery; cypress is shown here. Use evergreen trimmings from fir or cedar Christmas trees, pine, boxwood, magnolia or holly
- Floral wire
- Cable ties
- Embellishments like bead garland and ribbon
- Christmas ornaments
- LED battery-operated Christmas lights
Make a Dress Form Christmas Tree
Use the tape measure to get the waist and hip size of the dress form. This will determine the width to trim the poultry netting skirt foundation.
Wear leather gloves when working with poultry netting. Carefully roll out the netting. Use the tape measure to mark off the hip measurement and cut that length with the tin snips.
Wrap the poultry netting skirt around the dress form and secure with floral wire or cable ties.
4. Measure and trim
Measure 19 inches from the waist for a mini skirt. (The dress can be longer, but you’ll need extra greenery, cable ties and embellishments, and the project will take longer to complete.)
5. Cut the skirt
Cut around the poultry netting skirt with the tin snips. Discard the excess poultry netting.
6. Measure and cut
On a level surface like a table, roll out the burlap. Use the tape measure to mark off 4 feet and trim the length with scissors. This will be the bodice of the dress.
7. Trim the branches
Trim greenery into sizes ranging from 12 to 18 inches. Pruning snips like bypass pruners make the job easier.
8. Build the skirt
Use cable ties to attach the branches to the poultry netting foundation.
9. Trim the skirt hem
Shear the hemline of the skirt using garden scissors. It’s a good idea to step back and view the dress every few cuts to make sure it’s even.
10. Wrap the bodice
Fold the burlap in half lengthwise, for a 1.5 x 4-foot rectangle. Center over the back of the shoulders of the dress form and cross over in front. Cinch the waist with a ribbon and bow.
11. Add finishing touches
Weave strands of LED lights through the skirt, securing the battery packs underneath the chicken wire. Embellish with small ornaments and a bead garland necklace.
Have fun with your Christmas tree dress during the holidays. When the holidays are through, remove the accessories and store. Save the burlap, ribbon and poultry netting for next year to make this project again in a snap.
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