Fabric Scrap Tree Art

Posted by on December 4, 2013 in DIY and Crafts, Holiday Decor | 42 comments

This year I was am having a tough time deciding what my Christmas decor will be …

Every time I see another display at a store, another mantel pin, another home tour, I change my mind.

Green and gold?

Red and white?

All natural (burlap, cream, white …)?

Traditional red and green?

None of these color schemes, and just use my existing decorations in all colors?

My white yarn wreath has already found a spot on one mantel, and red & white seem to be the theme (for that part of the house)…

But I do love gold …

especially green and gold ….

So … I’ve decided one room will be green and gold, the other red and white? I think. I’m still not sure. Soooo indecisive.

Green and Gold Christmas Decor

Green and Gold Christmas Decor

Red and White Christmas Decor

Red and White Christmas Decor

On a side note … I need a deer head.

Okay, back to the topic of this post:

I LOVE this pin:

Love this pin!

Love this pin!

{Original source unknown, here’s the pin}

Don’t you love this, as well???

I decided that I needed one, and it was going to be a part of my green and gold room.

Here’s my take on it:



Because I’m obsessed with editing my pictures with picmonkey (someday I’ll tell you more about my love of this free tool) … here’s a couple more shots (notice the fancy effects):

Looks almost vintage with this 'dusk' effect

Looks almost vintage with this ‘dusk’ effect

with a fancy holly leaf...

with a fancy holly leaf…

and now with no ‘effect’…


Thanks for bearing with me there …

So, thoughts on the result? Similar to the inspiration?

Here’s how I made mine:

You’ll need these supplies:



  • Green fabric scraps (or whatever color you’ve decided to go with)
  • Background fabric. I used this burlap with gold polka dots painted on it. JoAnn $15/yd (yikes! use a coupon)! I needed just one yard to cover my canvas.
  • Canvas. Mine is 30″ x 24″. I know you’re thinking … “where did that lovely orange canvas come from?” Well … it came from Urban Outfitters … about 13 years ago. It’s been permanently gathering dust in our basement for the last 10 years. Why not recover it with these lovely trees, huh?
  • Steam-a-Seam fusible web. I find mine at JoAnn. I think it’s around $5 a pack. You should only need one.

I also ended up using green sparkly scrapbook paper for the stars, and brown cardstock for the trunks. You could use more fabric instead, too.

And you’ll need these tools:

  • pinking shears (or regular scissors … your choice, purely cosmetic)
  • iron
  • staple gun

So, on with it …

Step 1: Cut all your fabric pieces. Lay them out on your canvas as you go to make sure they’ll a)fit and b)look the way you want.

Cut your fabric, lay roughly in place

Cut your fabric, lay roughly in place

Step 2: Iron your green fabric pieces (if you didn’t do this before). Take out one sheet of Seam-A-Seam. Peel the paper off one side. This side will now be sticky, with the back side still covered in paper:

Peel the paper off ONE side

Peel the paper off ONE side

Step 3: Stick all pieces of one tree to sheet (they should stick fine to the sticky side you just exposed):

One tree worth of fabric scraps on Steam-a-seam

One tree worth of fabric scraps on Steam-a-seam

Do this for all three trees.

Step 4: Cut apart each fabric piece (with Steam-A-Seam stuck on back):

Fabric pieces cut out with fusible web on back

Fabric pieces cut out with fusible web on back

Step 5: Lay all pieces back onto canvas (with fusible web paper still on back)

Lay out pieces again to make sure you're happy with layout

Lay out pieces again to make sure you’re happy with layout

Step 6: Once happy with the placement, peel paper off back of fusible web, and stick fabric piece onto burlap.

All pieces 'stuck' in place

All pieces ‘stuck’ in place

Step 7: Iron back of burlap (making sure tree fabric stays in place). Iron until you’re certain the green fabric is stuck securely in place on the front (test it by trying to peel a corner). It should only take about 1 minute of ironing per tree.

Iron back of burlap, which melts fusible web and permanently adheres green fabric to burlap.

Iron back of burlap, which melts fusible web and permanently adheres green fabric to burlap.

Step 8: Stretch burlap over canvas. Using staple gun, secure burlap to canvas.

That’s it!



Like I said, it’s going in the green and gold room …

A glimpse ... still definitely a work in process...

A glimpse … still definitely a work in process

I’m still working on this room (and mantel). Stay tuned.

{sorry … I can’t stop. That would be the ‘soften’ effect in picmonkey above … }

Speaking of editing photos in picmonkey … Owen, Charlie, and Molly have turned into Santas and a reindeer.

My Santas and their reindeer

My Santas and their reindeer

And, I’m done wasting time with silly edits …

I would love some more green and gold OR red and white inspiration for my decorating. Send ‘em my way if you’ve got any! Happy decorating (if you’re as indecisive as I am, and are still working on your displays…)


  1. I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing. And congrats on your pregnancy!

  2. I have a hard time deciding too. I think I am going mostly white and gold, but I keep wanting to throw some pink and red in there too. We’ll see where it ends up! Love your scrappy trees!

    • Thanks, Alexis!! Happy Holidays!!

  3. Hi Katie! Hi Brittany! Just stopping by again to let you know that I have nominated your blog for a Liebster award. Come by my blog to check out the details. http://trappeddesigner.blogspot.com/2013/12/designer-trapped-in-lawyers-body-has.html.

    • So sorry for the typo, Katie! I am notifying all of my nominees tonight and Brittany is next on my list. Clearly my fingers are one step ahead of my brain. Sorry!!!!

    • Hi Tasha,
      Thank you so much! I’m thrilled and very flattered! I will work on it this weekend, and hopefully have a post (with new nominees) by early next week! I’m also following you, and can’t wait to see more of your blog!
      Thanks again! ~Katie

  4. Such a cute idea :) Love the little Santas too ;) I would like to invite you to link up to this week’s Freedom Friday – we would love to see you there! http://www.lovebakesgoodcakes.com/2013/12/freedom-fridays-with-all-my-bloggy.html

    • Hi Jamie! Thanks for the invite! I did link up!! Thanks for stopping by, and for saying “hi”. Happy holidays!!! ~Katie

  5. Love how your trees turned out!

  6. Adorable. I’m going to try this!!!!!! Pinned

  7. I LOVE your version! So cute. I am pinning this so I remember it next year. Great work!

  8. Your canvas turned out too cute, Katie…love the fun trees! I have a hard time commuting to a color scheme with my decorations as well…there are just too many pretty combos!

    • *Committing*…dang iPhone. ;)

      • Ha! Glad my phone is not the only one that tends to think its smarter than me sometimes! Thanks for your note! Happy decorating! ~Katie

  9. awesomely cool! I love this idea, adding to my list of must makes :) I know I already asked on another post, but if you have time, we would love if you linked up to our Snickerdoodle Sunday @ http://2crochethooks.com/snickerdoodle-sunday-8/!

  10. Love this.. I like how you showed your inspiration and then how you made it.. Looks really good!! Love the polka dots

    • Hi Marni,
      Thanks! I think I still like the inspiration tree, but I love how mine turned out, too. Happy Holidays!

  11. It came out so lovely. In our house we don’t really have a colour scheme, the kids juts bung up all their old favourites and we just go with that, I do love to pin beautiful things though and dream about the “one day”!

    • Hi Julie,
      You should see our real Christmas tree (not picture worthy) … my kids have thrown in some tennis balls, a couple legos, some cars … basically whatever will stay in the branches, and have removed all the ornaments and trim within their reach. Looks lovely (joking), but they are so proud of their ‘decorating’ I keep allowing it….
      Thanks for stopping by! Happy HOlidays!

  12. These turned out so incredibly adorable! I love the green fabrics you selected and you can’t go wrong with the gold polka dot background fabric. I’d love for you to share at our Link It or Lump It party!


    • Hi Amy! Thanks for stopping by and for the note! Just linked up at your party … thanks for the invite! Happy HOlidays!

  13. These are great will have to have ago at these for next year x

  14. What super ideas! i love the scrap tree art :-)

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

  15. This looks great and is so easy to achieve – mine would have to be in shades of gold to match my Christmas decorations – antique gold though, never yellow gold! :D

    • Thanks for stopping by! Happy Decorating!

  16. It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I love this post and would love for you to link up to the Merriest Blog Hop and share your creations!

    I made a pillow just like this, you’ll have to come check it out!

    • Hi Deonna,
      Thanks for stopping by! I just linked up! Thanks for the invite. Happy Holidays!

  17. Super-cute! Thx for the inspiration!

    • Hi Val,
      Thanks for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

  18. These are toooo cute. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Angel! Happy holidays!

  19. super cute! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday link party!

  20. It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Thank you so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop! You were FEATURED! Yay! Please keep those good ideas coming and grab a button to tell everyone you were featured :)

    • Hi Deonna,
      Thanks so much! How exciting! I will grab a button! Thanks for hosting the party! Happy Holidays!

  21. This is so cute and I love the idea of scrap busting always! And those little beards… so stinkin’ cute! I laughed so hard :) Thanks so much for sharing at Link It or Lump It this week!

  22. HI Katie,
    Thank you so much for linking up your adorable Fabric Scrap Tree Art at the Link It or Lump It Link party last week. I wanted to let you know that one of my co-hosts picked your project as a feature! Come on over and grab a button and don’t forget to link up again this week!

  23. This is a really great idea and such a perfect way to use fabric scraps. I featured it tonight at the Project Inspire{d} link party!

  24. Thanks for sharing this beauty at Project Inspire{d}! I featured it this week. http://yesterdayontuesday.com/2013/12/project-inspired-45-holiday-crafts/

  25. Your trees are so cute! Thanks for linking to Whimsy Wednesday! I featured them in this weeks roundup!

    You can see the post here..

    Hope you will be linking again the week!

  26. LMHO!! LOL LOL I can soo relate! I thiught i was the only one with “Christmas-Colour-Chaos-Syndrome”!!! Its 7 days away & I STILL dont think Ive made up my mind, little handmade ornaments of different colors on tree, 2 colours through wall decor but mainly, i have decided only on: i like red. period. Hahaha! I am so happy to hear that someone else is so confused by pins and stor fronts! Phew! ; ) oo i laughed my way through the photo app love too: search my blog under search word “popagraph” im nuts!! See how many photos come up, of the same item, with multiple effects and tools lmao… Oh thanks so much i needed the good laugh! And another way to be confused with fabric choices ;) thans, jeanine canada

  27. Love this idea! Have seen this done with washi tape, but love this take on it! Thanks for sharing at Take it On Tuesday!!

  28. Hi Randi! Thanks so much for the feature! I was so excited to see it this evening! Thanks for the fun party! Happy holidays!


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