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Holiday Prep: Stockings and Christmas Tree Skirts

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When people decorate for the holidays there are perennial conundrums like what to do with the bottom of a beautiful Christmas tree or what type of stocking to make. Today, I'm tackling these common holiday decorating challenges, with some of my favorite ideas:

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This sweet tree skirt is so easy to make -- all you need are scissors, felt and holiday cheer! (marthastewart.com)

1 This sweet tree skirt is so easy to make -- all you need are scissors, felt and holiday cheer! (marthastewart.com)

This pleated skirt reminds me of an edwardian collar. (marthastewart.com)

2 This pleated skirt reminds me of an edwardian collar. (marthastewart.com)

This gorgeous tree is skirted with a mound of pine cones. (marthastewart.com)

3 This gorgeous tree is skirted with a mound of pine cones. (marthastewart.com)

A simple white skirt and a picket fence skirt this tree. (marthastewart.com)

4 A simple white skirt and a picket fence skirt this tree. (marthastewart.com)

Martha once skirted her tree with a giant tart tin and playful dear. (marthastewart.com)

5 Martha once skirted her tree with a giant tart tin and playful dear. (marthastewart.com)

I was inspired by bonsai trees when I chose this pot for my tree. (marthastewart.com)

6 I was inspired by bonsai trees when I chose this pot for my tree. (marthastewart.com)

This beautiful urn works nicely on Eric Pike

7 This beautiful urn works nicely on Eric Pike"s Christmas tree. (marthastewart.com)

A vintage galvanized tub serves as the base for this flocked tree.  (marthastewart.com)

8 A vintage galvanized tub serves as the base for this flocked tree. (marthastewart.com)

Bubble wrap is a great material for kids to make tress skirts from.(marthastewart.com)

9 Bubble wrap is a great material for kids to make tress skirts from.(marthastewart.com)

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I have always loved the idea of hanging stockings on your bannister.  http://www.marthastewart.com/267564/fringed-stockings

1 I have always loved the idea of hanging stockings on your bannister. http://www.marthastewart.com/267564/fringed-stockings

The forest of trees is a nice touch on this stocking. http://www.marthastewart.com/269754/christmas-stockings

2 The forest of trees is a nice touch on this stocking. http://www.marthastewart.com/269754/christmas-stockings

This pink quilt stocking has a nice worn quality to it. http://www.marthastewart.com/271672/quilt-stocking

3 This pink quilt stocking has a nice worn quality to it. http://www.marthastewart.com/271672/quilt-stocking

I adore these sweater stockings-this is such a great project for an old sweater.  http://www.marthastewart.com/273391/sweater-stocking

4 I adore these sweater stockings-this is such a great project for an old sweater. http://www.marthastewart.com/273391/sweater-stocking

Could these mittens as stockings be any sweeter?

5 Could these mittens as stockings be any sweeter?

I have always loved The Nutcracker.  http://www.marthastewart.com/271796/nutcracker-stockings

6 I have always loved The Nutcracker. http://www.marthastewart.com/271796/nutcracker-stockings

This baby sock advent calendar is really fun for the holidays.  http://www.marthastewart.com/270492/baby-sock-advent-calendar

7 This baby sock advent calendar is really fun for the holidays. http://www.marthastewart.com/270492/baby-sock-advent-calendar

These handkerchief stockings are elegant and timeless. http://www.marthastewart.com/272347/handkerchief-stockings

8 These handkerchief stockings are elegant and timeless. http://www.marthastewart.com/272347/handkerchief-stockings

Another great idea is to mount stockings at the foot of a bed. http://www.marthastewart.com/269812/rickrack-stocking

9 Another great idea is to mount stockings at the foot of a bed. http://www.marthastewart.com/269812/rickrack-stocking

If you have the time may I suggest these knit patterns: http://www.marthastewart.com/267984/sock-pattern-for-knit-christmas-stocking

10 If you have the time may I suggest these knit patterns: http://www.marthastewart.com/267984/sock-pattern-for-knit-christmas-stocking

What a pretty fringed cuff!http://www.marthastewart.com/270720/poinsettia-fringe-cuff-stocking

11 What a pretty fringed cuff!http://www.marthastewart.com/270720/poinsettia-fringe-cuff-stocking

These stockings were made out of old

12 These stockings were made out of old "turkey red" damask tablecloths. http://www.marthastewart.com/271756/damask-stockings

One way to make your stocking collection hang together is to stick with a theme-like these

13 One way to make your stocking collection hang together is to stick with a theme-like these "frosty" stockings. http://www.marthastewart.com/269282/frosty-stockings

Aren't the felt pine cones gorgeous?! http://www.marthastewart.com/268637/holly-stocking

14 Aren't the felt pine cones gorgeous?! http://www.marthastewart.com/268637/holly-stocking

These sequined mohair stockings are very luxurious. http://www.marthastewart.com/265935/sequined-mohair-stockings

15 These sequined mohair stockings are very luxurious. http://www.marthastewart.com/265935/sequined-mohair-stockings

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