I recently participated in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge and created what I liked to call my Rustic Reindeer Christmas Tree. This tree features everything that I imagine you’d find in the reindeer’s barn at the North Pole. From snow balls and jingle bells to wooden logs and Rudolph’s shiny red nose. This sophisticated yet cozy tree is the perfect mix of natural elements with just the right amount of glam.
One of my favorite elements of my Dream Tree, which by the way was also featured on Country Living, is the ruffled burlap garland. This was such a simple project to create, but it helps set the tone for my entire rustic tree. So today I wanted to share with you how to create this incredibly easy burlap garland. And while this is a very simple tutorial I’d recommend that you get in your cozy PJs, play some Christmas music or watch your favorite TV show because it does take a little bit of time to pull it all together.
1. Thread your needle with the twine thread, you’ll need about half the length of your roll of burlap garland.
2. Tie a knot at the end, it’s best if you go through the surged seam at the end to make sure the knot holds and doesn’t pull through the burlap.
3. Now thread your needle up and down through the burlap about 1-2 inches apart each time. You can use long stitches and it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact I found that if I went in a slight zig zag pattern when threading my needle it made my ruffles prettier.
4. Gently pull the burlap and scrunch it down as you continue to work through theentire roll of burlap. Don’t worry about making it pretty just yet, just keep scrunching until you reach the end of the roll.
5. Once you reach the end of the roll tie a knot and then start to gently pull and fluff until you have pretty ruffles. Continue making ruffles with the rolls of burlap and once you have them all complete you can attach them together to make your ruffled burlap garland for the Christmas tree.
Tip: I used safety pins to attach two sections of ruffles together, it was easier to work with and get it positioned right on the tree rather than having 1 giant and long strand of garland to work with.
6. Start at the top of your tree on one side and weave the garland in a spiral pattern down the tree. Once you reach the bottom go to the other side of the tree and do the same so that you have a beautifully woven ruffled garland spiraling down your rustic and glam Christmas tree.
Tip: For my 7 ft Christmas tree I used 8 rolls of the Ashland Burlap Garland. This may vary depending how full and fluffy you want your ruffle garland to be. Just play around with the ruffles until you get the desired look you want.
If you haven’t seen all of the Michaels Dream Trees yet, stop by The Glue String to see all 30 – they will blow you away!
You can help spread some holiday cheer by sharing a photo of my dream tree or any of the trees that inspire you this year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag your friend and use the hashtag #TagATree and encourage them to do the same!