Project Runway Junior designer Cartier Dior creates a stunning holiday dress out of faux tree branches!
Hey guys, it’s Cartier Dior and I am so excited to share with you guys this tutorial for a DIY Christmas tree dress. I’ve been seeing them all over social media and they’re so simple and relatively inexpensive to make. It’s the perfect addition to any fashionista’s holiday wardrobe. Here are the materials you’ll need:
- A plastic Christmas tree. This DIY is the perfect way to upcycle an old tree you have lying around, or you can buy a tree for it. I made mine from a white Christmas tree that I bought from WalMart for $40.
- A mannequin. The mannequin I used is one for dressmaking so it is a bit expensive, but you can find clothing display mannequins that run for closer to $25-$100 that will do the job.
- A skirt. I made a simple floor length gathered skirt from a few yards of cotton to use as a base for my tree. If you don’t sew, a thrifted skirt is fine. I would recommend getting one made from a non stretch fabric with a bit of weight to it, like cotton or satin, so that the skirt can support the weight of the materials. I would also recommend getting one that matches the color of your tree, just in case a bit of the fabric shows through.
- A top. I used a white leotard that I made a few years back, but any kind of top is fine! I would recommend going to the thrift store and finding something fun and unique that goes with the theme of your decorations.
- Hot glue. Lots and lots of hot glue.
- Scissors or some kind of blade. Needed for tree branch deconstruction.
- 1-2 yards of 3-4 inch wide ribbon. For the waistband.
Step 1: Deconstruct the tree.
The first thing you want to do is take apart your tree so that you have a supply of single branches. Cut away the thread that wraps the individual branches to the metal rods using scissors or a blade. This is the hardest part and it takes quite a long time, so I would recommend recruiting a few friends or family members to help.
Step 2: Glue the branches to the skirt.
Starting at the bottom of the skirt, glue just the top inch or so of each branch to the skirt so that the branches can have lots of movement. Once you have finished, fill in with even more branches to make it fuller.
Step 3: Style and decorate!
Finally, attach the ribbon around the waist to cover up any raw ends. Decorate as you like and you are finished!