This Woman Turned Her Wedding Dress Into a Christmas Tree Skirt

DIY at its finest.
tree skirt and wedding dress
catherine jessee the knot contributor
Catherine Jessee
catherine jessee the knot contributor
Catherine Jessee
The Knot Contributor
  • Catherine Jessee is a Nathalie Dupree Graduate Fellow at Southern Foodways Alliance and is completing her Master of Arts in Southern Studies.
  • Catherine previously worked on editorial teams, but is currently studying Appalachian History.
  • Catherine worked for The Knot as a Digital Editorial Intern from 2016 to 2017.
Updated Dec 11, 2018

While cleaning out her basement earlier this year, Tess Heidelberger came across her wedding dress right next to the Christmas decorations and got an idea. With its bows, puffy sleeves and ruffles, her dress was very much in style in the '80s, but Heidelberger knew it would never be worn again (both of her children are already married now). Not wanting to throw the gown away, she got creative—and the result is so pretty!

bride on wedding day

"I just got a pair of scissors and my hot glue gun and sprawled out my dress," she told ABC News. After cutting away the bodice and gathering the bows, beads and embroideries, Heidelberger pinned and hot-glued the materials together again to create a gorgeous Christmas tree skirt. Masking evidence of hot-glue with ribbon, it's hard to believe she didn't sew one stitch.

wedding dress Christmas tree skirt

Heidelberger doesn't regret taking scissors to her vintage wedding dress. "The first cut was the hardest," she said, but once she got started the rest was "all easy and fun." Now, rather than collecting dust in a box year after year, the repurposed gown will have its moment under the tree every Christmas.

Christmas tree skirt

"When I put it under the tree it just looked like a fluffy cloud. I'm so happy I can look at it every year," Heidelberger said. "And it's so much better than staring at your dress through that cellophane window in the box." We couldn't agree more.

bride and groom on wedding day
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