Tulle Christmas Trees, What Not to Do

Tulle trees, nylon net trees, sheesh, it’s all the same to me I guess!  All I wanted was to make tulle Christmas trees like my grandmother did in the old days. When we were looking for table decoration ideas for the Ladies Christmas Banquet at church, we could not find instructions anywhere.  Maybe because I don’t know the difference between tulle and nylon net.  Google is not all knowing, just for the record. You’d think in today’s day and age a search engine could read my mind.  hrumph..Anyway, after weeks of searching we finally found one.  (Note to self, start using Bing or use the right keywords!)

Upon reading the instructions, I couldn’t figure out (still at this point not understanding there is a difference) where they bought 72″ wide tulle.  All I could find was 6″ wide.  There is a really big length disparity there!  But we plugged away using the (all ready purchased) 6″ roll.  Frustration starts here…why, oh, why I make things harder for myself, I don’t know.  And poor Kathy and Sarah decided to help me.  “We can help you” is probably something they will never say to me again.

I can’t even begin to tell you how we adjusted the pattern.  I think I have blocked it from my mind entirely.  It went something like we made the lengths what was called for in the width and our widths the lengths. Clear as mud?  Example, it calls for a piece 15″ long x 72″ wide first, folded in half, making it 7 1/2″ by 72″.  Then you run a basting stitch close to the fold about 1/4″ in.  We made our tulle 72″ long and didn’t fold it.  We left it 6″ (remember that was the width of the roll?) by 72″ then ran a basting stitch 1/4″ in.  Confused yet, yeah.  Trust me, just stick to the pattern, you will be happy and saner for it in the long run.  We started third row down since our tallest tree was 12″ high instead of 18″, it worked out good with that being the base.  Speaking of the base, my husband cut some hickory logs and we glued four 12″, four 9″ and then four 6″ dowels.  That gave use three size trees for each table.

Hindsight is 20/20 right?  I should have used a lighter color paint for the dowels.  I just wanted them to kind of fade into the tree.  This color was a little more obvious.

Again, do yourself a favor and follow the pattern.  Don’t do it my dum-dum way.  I even got desperate and went searching for a different pattern that used the 6″ roll or an easier way than sewing.  I haven’t used my sewing machine in years.  Very, very rusty I was.  None to be found.  Trust me, this is not meant to be a tutorial.  One, I stink at tuts and two, I really can’t bear to re-visit this horror.

Just keep sewing the net according to the directions and in about two weeks you MIGHT have a completed tree.  Our 12″ tree had about 10 rings starting at the 12″ by 72″ line in the pattern.  Now it was time to get to the easy part, decorating.  I found a bag of wood snowflakes at Hobby Lobby.  Painting is something I can do and it was a relief to get to that part of the project.  It meant we were also done.  That ol’ hindsight again, I should have bought snowflakes in three different sizes as the large were a little too overpowering on the small trees.  I wanted this over and done with pronto and wasn’t about to scrap those and hunt down more.  We did sprinkle the snowflakes with glitter to add a little sparkle.

Here is a picture of them almost done.  They are all naked and hanging out waiting on the ornaments.  Which we hadn’t purchased at this point.  I found mini glitter balls in various sizes and hot glued all over the trees.

This is a what NOT to do in making tulle..umm..I mean…nylon net trees.  For all the trouble they were, it was worth it.  The tables were simple and beautiful.  You can see the luminaries from Mason jars and Epsom salt, also the glitter ornaments (minus the clothes) on the tables too.  I used white vinyl to put Merry Christmas on one side and 2011 on the other.   I made enough for everyone to take an ornament home.  It was my gift to the ladies for coming.

Hope I didn’t confuse you guys too much and you enjoyed hearing about my misery.   At least you know you are not alone when you have a really bad crafting day.  It all works out in the end, doesn’t it.  LOL  Have a great day crafting!


  1. Becki, the tables are so beautiful! It was all worth the frustration.

  2. I love these little trees! Pinning this for next year. ~Yvonne OneCreativeMomma.blogspot.com

  3. Thanks ladies! The tables looked really good and it was worth all the frustration. ^__^

    Thanks for pinning, Yvonne! You will have to show me when you finish them next year.

  4. Heather G. says:

    You can buy tulle in a fabric store that wide!! ANY fabric store!

  5. Thanks, Heather. I found that out after the fact. LOL

  6. I absolutely love your instructions and believe it or not, yours made more sense than all the others I have read. Thank you. I will try this tomorrow and hope I can turn out trees half as nice as yours.

  7. I still don’t understand the sewing part and I am great with a sewing needle.

  8. Very lovely. I used Styrofoam cones, all different heights and the tulle and netting adhered so well, though I did give a quick spray of tacky glue.

  9. Thanks Rebecca for the offer but I think I figured it out. I’m loving these trees and it makes such a lovely gift.

  10. Many years ago I made this tree using a 12 or 15 inch taper candle in a candle holder. I cut 72 inch netting in sizes from 8″, 7″, 6″ and then 1/2″ gradually down to 1/2″ and then I took the strips and gathered them with needle and color thread and fitted each one around the candle. I do not know if these are the exact measurements because I did not save the pattern so I am guessing but obviously it starts large and goes to small at the top for a Christmas tree. I use dark green w/ green candle and also white w/white candle. They are sooooo pretty. Time consuming, yes. If anyone knows the exact measurements, I would appreciate. Thanks

    • Jackie, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Did you check the link that says pattern? It has some measurements for tulle that is 72″. Could those be similar to the ones you made before?

  11. mimi leland says:

    These are beautiful! I am trying to figure out how we made ours in 1972 in Home Economics class. We used a candle and rubber bands. They were beautiful. No glue or sewing. Any idea how this would be done? Thanks Mimi

    • Hi Mimi, thanks for stopping by. Without glue or sewing, I would think you would take the tulle and fold it in half. Then put the rubber band between the fold, around the candle. Does that make sense? Now that you mention it, I think I remember my grandmother making these like that. Would be much quicker than the way I made them. LOL

  12. I could not find 72 inch tulle but they do make a very wide tulle


    and the 6 inch here is very, very cheap compared to craft stores.


  13. Thanks, Jessica!

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