The DIY Designer: Record tree skirt | –

December 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

You can also opt to not paint the records. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

I don’t know about you, but I like for Christmas tree skirts to have some character—maybe a little pizzazz, wow factor or even some unexpectedness.

A couple of years ago, I decorated a Christmas tree with a Grammys theme. The tree had lots of shades of gold and song notes, and the tree skirt even sported gold records. It was an easy DIY project and added an unexpected touch to the tree. Here’s how I did it.

What you’ll need:

  • Vinyl records (I used about 20–30 for this tree skirt)
  • Gold spray paint if you want gold records (my favorite gold spray paint is Design Masters Gold Medal)
  • Premade tree skirt (either get a cheap one and cover the entire thing with records or get one that works with the rest of your holiday décor and only cover it partially with records)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)

Step one
If you want to paint the records, do that first. I think this would be cool using records as-is, as well, especially for music lovers.

If you do paint the records, let them dry overnight.

Step two
Now, you’re ready to attach the records to your tree skirt; however, you could also opt to not attach them and still get the look. Here are your options:

—Lay your tree skirt out on the ground. Using hot glue, attach the records to the skirt, overlapping the records slightly as you go.

—Wrap your tree skirt around your Christmas tree’s base as you normally would. Lay the records out on top of the tree skirt, overlapping as you go.

With this one, I just laid the records on top of the tree skirt without attaching them with hot glue. The tree was eventually going to be auctioned off, so I wanted the person who won the tree to be able to remove the records it that wasn’t their style.

What do you think of this record tree skirt?

You can see more of the Grammy-themed tree here and get more holiday decorating ideas here.

Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.