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How To Make A Fabric Christmas Tree

This small fabric Christmas tree is the perfect rustic Christmas decor for the mantel, shelf or tablescapes. They are the perfect simple DIY Christmas craft…so easy, even the kids can make them.

I love making Christmas decorations…like I really love Christmas DIYs. When I think about Christmas decorations, I can’t help to think of all the fun I will have making Christmas crafts. If you love making Christmas DIYs too, you’ll love all of these ideas too!

These mini fabric Christmas trees are so easy & inexpensive to make. Even though I used plaid homespun fabric, you could really use any fabric you have on hand, fabric scraps or even rip up some old clothes that are stained or damaged!

The best part is that since they are so simple, this is a great Christmas craft that you can make with your kids too! There’s nothing better than working on some crafts with your little ones around the holidays. Just turn on the Christmas music, pop some cookies in the oven and get to crafting your own mini Christmas tree with fabric!

This fabric Christmas tree tutorial contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

Birch log and homespun fabrics, supplies for the fabric christmas tree

Supplies for fabric Christmas tree:

Drilling the center of the birch log to put a wooden dowel for the base of fabric Christmas tree

Step 1. Drill hole in wood pillar base.

First of all, I got this birch wood log base from some spare birch logs we have laying around in our backyard…convenient, I know. I doubt you have a similar situation…so don’t worry…you can buy them!

Also if you have another type of wood log that you could use, feel free! Ideal width of the log base is anywhere between 3-5 inches.

Start by marking the middle of your wood pillar base. Then, using a drill bit just a hair larger than your wooden dowel, drill a hole in the middle of the wooden pillar base about 1-2 inches deep.

Measuring a wooden dowel and marking at 12 inches to make the center of mini Christmas tree with fabric tied
Cutting a wooden dowel using a mitre box

Step 2. Cut wooden dowel.

I used a mitre box and saw to easily cut the dowel down to about 12 inches tall.

Birch log with hole on the center and the wooden dowel with glue at the tip
Wooden dowel inserted on the birch log base to make mini Christmas tree

Step 3. Attach wooden dowel.

Add a little bit of wood glue to the bottom of the wooden dowel and place upright in the drilled hole on the wood pillar.

Make sure it’s straight and then let it be until it is fully dried. I waited overnight.

Measuring and cutting the homespun fabrics.

Step 4. Cut fabric strips.

For the fabric strips, they are all about 1”- 1.5” inches wide and I ripped them rather than cutting. I love the rustic, stringy ends the ripping creates and it saves a tons of time.

As you can imagine, the fabric pieces get shorter as you make your way up the fabric Christmas tree. I started at the bottom using 11 inch pieces and at the top I was using 5 inch pieces. I went down in increments up 1 inch….so I made a handful of 11 inch, 10 inch, 9 inch, 8 inch…and so on…all the way to 5 inch.

It wasn’t an exact science, but I would estimate there is about 10 pieces of fabric tied on at every increment. Use your judgement to add more or less fabric to your liking! Yours may vary slightly, but here are the estimates of what you’ll need:

  • 10 pieces cut at 11 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 10 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 9 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 8 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 7 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 6 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 5 inches
Homespun fabric strips and one strip tied to the wooden dowel for the fabric Christmas tree
Some layers of the tied fabric to make the fabric Christmas tree.
Nearly finished fabric Christmas tree.

Step 5. Tie fabric on dowel.

This part is the easy…but kind of time consuming part! Turn on a fun Christmas movie (this is one of my faves) and start tying the fabric onto the wooden dowel to create the fabric Christmas tree.

Just a simple knot will do. Start with the longest pieces (11 inches) at the bottom and work your way up.

Finished fabric Christmas tree with vintage star on top.

Step 6. Attach metal star.

Once you have filled the entire wooden dowel with tied fabric pieces, now is time to add the star, of course!!

I used this adorable metal star and I think it works perfect for these fabric Christmas trees.

To attach, I added a large dot of my favorite 3-in-1 glue to the back of the star and press onto the top of the dowel. Hold in place until the glue is set, about 30-45 seconds should do.

image of the finished fabric Christmas tree with vintage star on top

Super simple, right?! I wasn’t lying! This fabric Christmas tree is so much fun to make! They look adorable up on a shelf or your mantel. And can you just imagine a few of these worked into a rustic Christmas tablescape?

Fabric Christmas tree and Christmas advent calendar

It’s a perfect complement to my Christmas advent calendar, don’t you think? It’s almost like they belong together! I’ll have to be sure they end up near each other when I finish getting all of my Christmas decorations up.

Full image of the Fabric Christmas tree with text overlay that says Easy Christmas Craft that Kids can Make

Where would you put this fabric Christmas tree in your home??

Let me know in the comments below!


Here’s a replay of my live video demonstrating how to make these fabric Christmas trees on Facebook. If you love videos, be sure to check out my video page before you leave!


How To Make A Mini Fabric Christmas Tree

How To Make A Mini Fabric Christmas Tree

Active Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

This small fabric Christmas tree is perfect rustic Christmas decor for the mantel, shelf or tablescapes. They are the perfect simple DIY Christmas craft - so easy, even the kids can make them!

Tools

Instructions

    1. Drill hole in the middle of wood pillar base 1-2" deep.
    2. Cut wooden dowel approximately 12" tall.
    3. Attach wooden dowel with wood glue. Let dry.
    4. Cut fabric strips.
    5. Tie fabric on dowel.
    6. Attach metal star to top with 3-in-1 glue.

Notes

It wasn’t an exact science, but I would estimate there is about 10 pieces of fabric tied on at every increment. Use your judgement to add more or less fabric to your liking! Yours may vary slightly, but here are the estimates of what you’ll need:

  • 10 pieces cut at 11 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 10 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 9 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 8 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 7 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 6 inches
  • 10 pieces cut at 5 inches

18 thoughts on “How To Make A Fabric Christmas Tree

    1. You can really use any fabric. I just found that I love the thin nature of the homespun fabric, how easily it rips, and the patterns they offer. Homespun is not a “brand” per se, it’s more of a style of fabric – like “flannel” or “cotton”. You should be able to find it at any fabric or craft store too.

    2. My sister & I made these in 2014 for a craft bazaar & 2015 for our work Christmas party for dinner table centerpieces & 2016…we made them again just to sell. Ours were 12 inches in height. We also used tuelle by itsself & by mixing it with cotton fabrics. We also tore our fabric in strips instead of cutting…What alot of stripping we did…LOL..The more fabric strips that you use the fuller the tree & it makes it look alot nicer.

  1. A friend made me some bases..some are only 7-8 in high..should I still start out with 11 in, but use less and still end up with 5 in on top?? Or, start with a smaller base…like 9 in??? Your video was good…my hearing is bad so I didn’t hear how tall your dowel was when you started. Thanks for the good directions.😊

    1. My bases were 3-5 inches tall + the 12 inch dowel, so 15-17 inches total. If your entire base + dowel is only 8 inches tall, I’d definitely recommend cutting the fabric a bit shorter, but you probably don’t want to do anything less than 3″ or so on the top because any shorter and you won’t be able to make a tie. Hope that helps!

  2. I showed my hubby your Christmas tree…it wasn’t even 10 minutes later and he was back in the house with my tree base and dowel! Now I just need to get to JoAnn’s to purchase the homespun fabric! Approximately how much of each pattern fabric would I need to purchase for one tree? I can’t wait to go shopping!

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