In December 2004 I was waiting in line to get fabric cut to make a round tree skirt. I was trying to figure out how much I needed to make it large enough and of course I would have to get enough to make it round and it would need to be hemmed. Like I said I was waiting in line, it was a long line. It hit me like a ton of bricks, get out of this line and go get a red, round table cloth. So that’s exactly what I did.
I picked up some gold paint, gold glitter, and gold paint pen. Do you see the theme I had in mind?
I was planning on getting the kids to go all along the hem line with their handprints in gold paint, then write their names with the gold paint pen, and put some gold glitter here and there out lining their names.
By the time I had all of the supplies gathered and the kids happily gathered around the table, the plan changed. That happens a lot around here.
We slit the table cloth from hem to center, then divided it into 8 “slices” using a yard stick and a red permanent marker so it can barely be seen. We first planned on 10 years but hubby being the brilliant one that he is, reminded me to keep in mind room for the hands to grow. So it quickly became 8 sections. Then we used one area per year to put the handprints on it.
Back in 2004 it may have looked a little bit strange to have just a small section of the skirt decorated. As the years came and went, and the kids got older the excitement over getting the handprints on the tree skirt grew. 2011 completed our tree skirt.
Wow, eight years of golden handprints and memories in that one table cloth tree skirt. The kids have decided now that when they are all grown they each get to choose a section of the skirt to sew onto a new one that they will continue with their own kids.
It took us eight years to complete the project and it will someday be a wonderful family heirloom for our kids to share with their kids and grandkids.