I managed to put up the tree today. It's not decorated yet. I do prefer a real tree (love the smell) but with the hardwood floors and potential water damage and the fact that Mr. DIY prefers not to search for and transport a real one, we have a really nice artificial tree. It's older, before the time of pre-lit but we do have another pre-lit one for the family room. Anyway...back to why I'm writing. I wanted to share this incase you're putting your artificial tree up this weekend and like this look. Oh - and if you ever need to know where your artificial tree needs 'fluffed'...take some pictures. All of the "holes" between branches really shows up!
This may not work for everyone's taste and style, but I don't like the look of the artificial tree stand and don't want to argue with the dog over the tree skirt. So this year, I decided to attempt something different. A 'faux root-ball look'. Mr. DIY thinks I've created more of a 'cupcake look' but I really love how it turned out. It also gives the tree more height. Luckily we have 9' ceilings.
This is all from things I had around the house. I love when a new look is free!
Edit: I swapped out the table cloth for a burlap cover by using sewing 2 half circles together (using the table cloth as a pattern). Now it looks less like a cupcake.
Materials: Round table cloth, 2 pieces of twine, beverage tub and a few twist ties.
First I laid out the table cloth. I may pick up some burlap this week and sew a big enough circle to swap out for the table cloth.
Then I set the beverage tub in the middle and put the tree stand on top.
I secured two of the tree stand "legs" to the beverage tub handles with twist ties (I twisted around the handle first, then up through the hole on the "leg").
Next, I gathered the table cloth up and Mr. DIY held it while I tied a piece of twine around it, just below the "eye screws" for tightening/straightening the tree 'trunk'.
Then I put in the bottom of the tree and the other pieces and straightened out the branches. Once I could tell that the tree was straight (after some adjusting of the 'eye screws' in the bottom), I used another piece of string to tie above the 'eye screws'. Fluff the excess table cloth around.I added some burlap ribbon to finish it off.
You could also use any fabric or decorative round table cloth. I really love the burlap:
What do you think? Here is my tree decorated: