DIY Sunflower Christmas Tree: How to make sunflower Christmas tree decorations that coordinate with your tree and Christmas lights.
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I LOVE nature, gardening, and I love the idea of creating Christmas tree decorations using natural looking decor like pine cones, sunflowers and more. When I saw that sunflower trees were trending on Pinterest, I KNEW I had to give it a try.
I wanted to see how all of the colors would blend together… but I also had some perfect blue burlap cut into strips that I thought would contrast well with the green of the tree and the yellow of the flowers.
Creating a Long Burlap Contrast Ribbon
I had blue burlap leftover from a few other projects so I decided to sew the short strips together into a long ribbon.
To do this, I took two pieces, sewed the short ends right sides together, then flipped to top stitch… then I kept adding pieces like that. I wanted the thread hidden so I tried to color match as best as possible.
If you don’t want to sew pieces together, you can buy a longer cut of the fabric (several yards), or buy blue burlap ribbon.
Big or Small Sunflowers?
I saw a bunch of Sunflower Trees with larger sunflowers, but I thought it was a bit too much for my taste. I wanted all of the colors to contrast prettily, not have one color take over the tree.
These are the fake sunflowers that I bought; there’s 100 in the bag. They were around $8-10 or so. This project was very affordable as a result.
Attaching the Sunflowers to the Tree
I started by adding my strips of blue burlap to the tree. I tried to fold them over in spots and twisted here and there. When you’re limited on the amount of ribbon you have, you can just add ribbon to the front of the tree and avoid the back!
I really liked the sunflowers contrasting against the blue ribbon. If you go this route, you can sew or use a hot glue gun to attach the sunflowers to the ribbon.
My kids helped add the flowers and really enjoyed it, but they weren’t spaced perfectly… it was very… um… natural. Haha.
Alternatively, you can just thread the end of the sunflowers through the strands of lights where they intertwine. This worked surprisingly well with less effort.
Christmas Light Colors
We have both clear lights and colored Christmas tree lights. I wanted to give you an idea how the sunflowers contrast with each.
Here is my setup with the multiple colored lights. This is a really knock out look if you want your tree to draw eyes:
Personally I prefer the clear/white lights with the sunflowers, burlap, and tree. I think it looks more natural/farmhouse.
Choosing the Perfect Tree Skirt
While a traditional tree skirt would probably be fine, I think the perfect tree skirt to match with a flower Christmas tree is a coordinating burlap. It’s simple, classic and natural.
You might also try to sew a moss-like tree skirt too. Something natural would look nice under the tree!
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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