Tuesday, December 19, 2017

EASY Christmas Tree Drum Skirt - Video Tutorial

How to make a metal Christmas tree skirt that looks just like a soliders drum Easy to follow video tutorial

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Christmas is less than a week away. Are you in a total scramble mode yet? I got a late start on my decorations this year. I sweet talked my husband into helping set up the Christmas tree a few days ago, but we didn't have a tree skirt to put on it. If you're a procrastinator like me, no worries! I've got an easy tutorial that will give you something I think is even better than a boring old skirt. 


I came up with a cool tree stand cover that looks just like a solider's drum, and my boys are obsessed. I made a step-by-step video tutorial with all the deets. Keep scrolling to see how easy it was to make. 



Materials List:



Or if you'd rather have the steps layed out for you, here you go:

1. Measure the circumference of your quilting hoops. Even though they are technically 23" hoops, the exact diameter is a little larger. You can use the simple formula C=2πr to calculate the circumference. Or if you're not a math fan, grab a piece of string and wrap around the hoop, then measure the string. 




Take that measurement and add 2-3". Head to Home Depot and pick up a roll of roof flashing. Transfer the measurement to a length of roof flashing. The fastest and easiest way to cut thin metal like roof flashing is to use cordless power shears. I used my Ryobi shears and they made quick work of the cuts. If you're not the power tool kind, manual tin snips or shears work just fine. 

2. On the top and bottom edges, sandwich the roof flashing between the two rings of each embroidery hoop. Twist the wingnuts to tighten the hoops tightly. 


3. Whether you use aluminum or galvanized steel, roof comes coated in a small amount of oil. You will want to use a de-greaser like TSP before painting the drum. 



4. Paint the middle section first. Wait until the paint is VERY dry, and then you can use painter's tape to mask off the middle and create the top and bottom stripes. 



5. Decide on how many knobs you'd like to use. On my 23" drum, 10 evenly spaced knobs worked perfectly. Shift the lower row of knobs 1/2 step in either direction, so they create a triangle when you run the rope through them. 


6. Zig-zag the rope between the top and bottom rows. Secure the ends of the rope in the back of the drum and set it in place under your tree. 

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This 23" Christmas drum can accommodate most tree stands, but if you have an extra large tree, don't worry! It actually looks really good sitting on top of a stands legs. 


I first made the red and green version and took it over to my in-laws to photograph (since they had their tree up first). It looked so good, I told them to keep it and decided to make a second drum. I switched up the colors and I think I like the white even better!


  
Believe it or not, the actual build only took me about 30 minutes! Waiting for paint to dry was definitely the most time consuming part of the process, but this is still a project you can complete in one day. You still have time to bust one out before holiday guests show up. 


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What do you think? Are you ready to give your Christmas tree a major upgrade? Feel free to pin the image below to save the idea for later!

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1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic project. I just finished a drum project myself but in a much smaller scale and had to think about the criss cross along the sides. It was great to see how you solved this. I really like your solution. Beautiful!

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