Shimmer Tree

shimmer tree MI 600

Lame is one of my favourite craft fabrics to use at Christmas; it’s just so versatile and affordable. Made from pure polyester and shiny metallic threads, some varieties can be quite soft and jersey like, others a little crisper. I prefer the stiffer, ‘crunchier’ lame, it tears really well and has a great texture for projects.

Tree frame

Buy one similar to this from the gardening section of the hardware store. It’s meant for growing plants over but I think it makes a perfect Christmas tree base.

Start by using a hack saw to remove the legs so it sits flat on the floor. Alternatively you could leave the legs on but I would add a large wooden bead to each end for a more decorative look.

Decorate

For an average tree, you’ll need a minimum of 5 metres of fabric. Ultimately it all depends on how long you make your ties and how close to each other you place them.

Tear long strips about 3cm wide. Cut these down to 20cm lengths. It’s faster if you tear and cut a whole pile at once before you start.

Tie, starting from the top of the frame, working your way down. One single knot is all you need, just make sure the lengths are pretty even. You won’t need to fuss too much; the overall look should be casual and textured.

To finish, trim away any excess threads and shake it out to create a nice shape.

Tara's Top Tips

  • Save money by alternating your lame ties with cheap, plain cotton. This really spreads your dollar further and adds another design element. For a pewter tree like this one, plain white cotton would be ideal.

  • For a sparkly tree, wrap the frame with fairy lights first before tying on the lame

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