I found a massive, 23 inch wide embroidery hoop at a thrift store for just a couple of dollars about a month ago. I used one when decorating my Christmas mantle last year and thought that it could be fun to add another one into the mix. But I wanted to do something a little different this time around… something more than just a few simple, painted words.
So I gathered all of the supplies that I thought I could possibly need to make some sort of Christmas art.
I wasn’t quite sure what I would come up with, but I knew I’d figured something out… eventually. After a bit of thinking and a little bit of Google inspiration I decided to make a scrap fabric Christmas tree.
I cut a large circle out of some inexpensive muslin. Then I began raiding my pile of scrap fabric in search of anything green or even semi-green to use for the body of my tree. Luckily, I had some Ikat patterned fabric left over from a project a while back that seemed to be perfect for the job (p.s. the “project” I’m referring to turned out to be an epic fail… the roman shades were beautiful, but definitely couldn’t stand the test of time… especially in a house with two young kids). So I cut out the green and brown portions of the pattern and began constructing a tree.
The next step was to some how adhere the fabric cut-outs to the muslin fabric. Instead of gluing or sewing, I decided to go a simpler route. I used an iron-on adhesive (Heat n Bond Lite to be exact). This was a much simpler application because it allowed me to place each piece of scrap fabric where I wanted it and it allowed me to fine-tune things if needed. It would have been so much more difficult to scoot things around just a smidge if I had been using glue or sewing. Luckily the iron-on adhesive worked perfectly! And this is the sweet little tree I was left with.
I suppose I could have stopped here, stuck the fabric in the embroidery hoop and called it a day. But I didn’t! I decided to add to the charm even more by adding a couple lines of a very appropriate Christmas song… “Oh Christmas Tree”
Using Microsoft Word I printed out the words you see below. I grabbed a fine-tip black paint pen, slipped the paper under the thin muslin and began tracing out my lyrics.
Once finished with one side I slid the paper over and did the same thing to the other side.
When I was all done I popped scrap fabric tree into the embroidery hoop and stuck it up on the mantle! And I’ve got to admit… I’m in LOVE!!! It’s adorable and fun and it fits the feel of this year’s mantle perfectly!