funEZcrafts

  New projects!

Welcome!

Come on in and visit awhile...

 fun, easy and inexpensive craft projects for pleasure and profit

funEZ NewsFeed funEZfeed

 

Visit our funEZ Bazaar Celtic Mugs Section!

funEZ Bazaar Celtic Mugs

Easy Christmas Crafts: Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree


How about a little Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree to add to your decorations this year? It's fun and easy and only requires a few materials and tools.

And, it does involve a needle and thread, but the stitches are just to gather the edge of the tulle and won't be seen at all. Quick and easy even for the non-sewers.

Take a look - isn't it pretty?

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree finished and on display

The little tree is "little" and would be lovely as part of a tablescape. Add more sequins if you prefer lots of "ornaments" or leave them off entirely for a simple yet elegant decoration.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree Materials and Tools:

  • Tulle or tulle ribbon 
  • Organza ribbon, 7/8 inch wide 
  • Four 12-inch long chenille wire stems
  • Sewing thread
  • Needle
  • Ruler   
  • Scissors
  • Sequins (optional for "ornaments")
  • Glue for sequins
  • Tweezers to help place sequins (optional but very helpful) 

Optional for tree skirt (not shown in materials photo)

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here for the tree. 

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree materials and tools 

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree:

Measure and cut the tulle.

The length for all pieces is 36 inches.

The widths are 2 3/4, 2 1/2, 2 1/4, 2, 1 3/4, 1 1/2, 1 1/4 and 1 inch.

If using 6-inch wide tulle ribbon, cut three pieces each 36 inches long.

Cut the first piece into the 2 3/4, 2 1/4 and 1-inch widths.

Cut the second piece into 2 1/2, 2 and 1 1/2-inch widths.

Cut the remaining 1 3/4 and 1 1/4 widths from the third length.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 1 cut tulle

Group the four chenille wires together.

Use lengths of doubled thread to tie the wires together at the 8-inch mark, the 1 1/4 inch mark and roughly halfway between those two.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 2 prepare chenille wires

Wrap the wires securely with the thread, tie knots and trim the threads.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 3 tie wires together

Separate the loose ends of the wires.

Bend them into four supporting wires for the "tree trunk."

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 4 separate supporting wires

Connect the ends of the supporting wires to form a rough circular support.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 5 connect supporting wires

Thread the needle with doubled thread.

Make in and out running stitches along the length of one side of the 2 3/4 inch width of tulle.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 6 sew running stitch

Pull the thread ends to gather the tulle.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 7 pull to gather

Tie the thread ends around the chenille wires just above the support.

Pull firmly, but not too tightly. You want to be able to spread the gathers evenly around the wire "tree trunk."

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 8 tie above support

Gather and add the remaining tulle sections in decreasing sizes.

I left the threads for demonstration purposes. It's easier to trim the thread ends after you add each section. Leave ~1/2 inch thread beyond the knot.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 9 add remaining tulle layers

Distribute the layers evenly along the "tree trunk" with the top layer just below the top tied thread around the chenille wires.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 10 distribute layers

Measure and cut the organza ribbon into four lengths of 16 inches each.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 11 measure and cut organza ribbon

Form a loop in one of the top chenille wires.

Thread one organza ribbon through the loop.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 12 form wire loop

Tie the ribbon into a bow.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 13 tie bow

Perform the same steps for the other three chenille wires and three organza ribbons.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 14 tie other bows

Trim the ribbon ends at an angle.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 15 trim ribbon ends

Add sequins to the tulle.

I use a scrap piece of paper to hold a drop of glue and the end of a wire paper clip to put the glue on the back of each sequin.

The tweezers help position the sequins on the tulle.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 16 glue sequins

Add as many or as few sequins as you desire.

I chose to add a few just for a hint of sparkle under the lights.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 17 random sequins

You can use tissue paper, handkerchiefs, a t-shirt or a piece of fabric for a tree skirt.

This tree skirt is a piece of white craft felt.

Use a circular object of 6 to 6 1/2 inches diameter as a pattern.

Place the object over the felt and draw around the circle.

Cut out the circle.

Fold the circle of felt in half and in half again for a pie-slice shape.

Cut 1/2 inch off the point to form an open area that will fit around the "tree trunk."

Cut a slit from the edge of the circle to the open center area.

Or, print and use the Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree Skirt pattern.

Slide the felt over the bottom support and underneath the bottom layer of tulle.

Overlap the cut edge in your display. 

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 18 add tree skirt

Display the fun and easy and pretty Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree among your decorations this year.

Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree step 19 display

Just a few materials and a little time turns into a pretty decoration for a table, an office, a nursing home or wherever a little tree could add some sparkle.

Have fun!

A few inexpensive materials and tools can make a whole forest of these pretty Tulle and Chenille Christmas Tree decorations.


funEZ Bazaar 

Sign Up!
for our randomly produced funEZ news!

View funEZ News archive

Follow us on Twitter @funEZcrafts

Find Us on Facebook

Visit our
funEZ Bazaar
!

funEZ Bazaar

Celtic Primary Angles Ornament on the funEZ Bazaar

I Heart Christmas Tote Bag on the funEZ Bazaar

Jolly Santa Claus Greeting Cards on the funEZ Bazaar

Button and Bow Ornament on the funEZ Bazaar

Angels Everywhere Calendar on the funEZ Bazaar

I Heart Xmas Greeting Cards on the funEZ Bazaar 

Parson Brown Snowman Snowflake Ornament on the funEZ Bazaar 

Sign up for our FREE newsletter and receive free access to a How to Sew Stitches downloadable e-book and a Cute Kitty project. Even fun for those who already know How to Sew Stitches!

funEZcrafts e-books!

Our fun felt Christmas Ornaments

Christmas 2009 Ornaments e-book

 

Click on Sam the Siamese for access to our Cute Kitty project

Sam the Siamese is a Cute Kitty Project

 

Jolly Soul Snowman Ornament on funEZ Bazaar

Celtic Plaid Hearts Mug on the funEZ Bazaar

Funny Green Frog Cork Coaster on funEZ Bazaar

Earth Wind and Rain Shower Curtain on the funEZ Bazaar

Twas the night before Christmas Note Cards on the funEZ Bazaar

Spring Sun Shower Framed Print on the funEZ Bazaar

Golden Leprechaun Path Ornament on the funEZ Bazaar

Kiss Me, I'm Irish Shamrock Hearts Large Mug on the funEZ Bazaar

 Reindeer and Snow Ceramic Ornament on the funEZ Bazaar

Pastel Celtic 12 Circles Mouse Pad on the funEZ Bazaar

Flower Beach Tote Bag on the funEZ Bazaar

 Celtic Rectangles Pillow on the funEZ Bazaar