Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Tree Stand Cover


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:




30 comments:

Jeanette said...

What a cute idea. I am worried about a tree with 2 furbabies. I will keep this in my idea list. Thank you for your great ideas.

Hissyfits & Halos said...

That's an incredible idea. We have a Wolf, so I wrestle with the same dog problem. [not to mention, she sheds A LOT!] So, yah tree skirts don't work well for me, either. I might try this with something bright & snazzy. Maybe silver & blue.....Thanks for the idea.

Liz said...

What a great idea...it looks wonderful! Wish I would have thought of it! =) ~Liz

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Great idea! I do the tree skirt and we have succumbed to the pre-lit artifical tree! I miss the smell but not the vaccuuming for months and months of pine needles and they are getting so expensive!!

Oh, yes, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. I've learned with my dolls to take pictures as I go along b/c the camera eye catches things I don't!

I just finished decorating our tree, yippee!!

Hugs,
Marsha

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

The burlap ribbon is the perfect finishing touch!

Amy

sweetjeanette said...

What a cute idea! I love how the rest of the cloth twirls down and you've tied with a beautiful ribbon! I like your "old" tree too. I also have a tree that is before the pre-lit days too. I sing "Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, we've had you since Nineteen Ninety-Three" !!!!

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

Dayka said...

I love your idea! I too, have an artificial tree, and while it's nice and full, nothing ever beats real in my opinion. I bought one because my best friend's husband is a firefighter, and he said that the real ones are highly flammable--I REALLY don't want to be one of the unfortunate people whose home goes up in flames because of a tree, so I went artificial. I buy real wreaths and garland for indoors to give me a bit of the smell I miss. If I had 9' ceilings I would really use your idea--great alternative to the metal bottom poking out of the skirt.

~ RM said...

Great idea~ I was thinking of covering up with a burlap sack, also!! (What I really really want is a tub, but I can't find one cheap enough or big enough!)
:)
Have a happy weekend!

The Whispering Creek House said...

I think its cute! I just ran over and voted for you again! Oh I hope you win! You deserve it!

Diane said...

I love it! I also love your blog!


Diane

missbmckay said...

That is such a cute idea! I just love it. Good one!

Brittany@Superwoman said...

I saw in a magazine that someone put a tree in a big copper tub. It looked really cool. You could try that one out, too!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think it's a good alternative, Roeshel. I like it the way you have it now and how you got two things out of doing it this way ~ some height and that root ball look. I have a fake tree that we got last year {not prelit}, after having had real trees for many years. I do miss that smell, but don't miss having to check the water!

mary beth said...

fabulous idea!!! I love getting the tree up higher and that looks so cute...love the burlap idea by the way! I have some laying around here and am going to find some holiday uses for it if I can find it that is! Last year we moved the week of Christmas and went out on Christmas Eve and bought a little tree at Lowes for 3 bucks! It turned out as cute and fragrant as any we have ever had...it really doesn't have to be perfect!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I would never have thought of this. What a great alternative to a tree skirt. They are so expensive anyway. Who wants to spend $100 for something they will only be using for a few weeks.

Tammy@InStitches said...

I think it looks really good ! I never thought I would like an artificial tree but I love mine !

The Jerseymooners said...

That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing it. I may do this to keep the kitten out of the tree skirt/tree water.

pk said...

I'm thinking it's pretty cute, especially with the ribbon! I also like that I haven't seen it before - love seeing new ideas. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I've been a little busy and not on the computer much, but I did remember to vote for you! I'm SO hoping you win...

pk @ Room Remix

Aunt+Uncle B said...

I love it! I think Burlap will be perfect, I might have to do the same this year.

The Stylish House said...

Roeshel,
I came by to vote for your fuggly bathroom!! I can't stop thinking about that toilet seat, lol! Love your au natural look for the tree. I went back and forth, but decided to buy a Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar scent instead of a real tree this year. I will be back tomorrow to link up to your PARTY! I wrote a TUTORIAL for a Christmas Mantle Swag...
Cathy

Diane said...

Thanks for following my blog! I came back to vote today! I'll be back tomorrow.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Very creative and it looks great!

Christi @ A Southern Life

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

I think it looks great! Is that Mr. DIY's hand I spy in that photo?! What a good guy. ;)
Love that you are so motivated. I am thinking you need to come decorate for me too. What do you think?!

XO*T

Jenny said...

That's a great idea. I tried to do something similar with a small tree in my daughter's room, but it kept falling over. I even put rocks in the bottom! Urgh!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love it, it would look awesome monogrammed as well.

cheri

The Persimmon Perch said...

I like it and I didn't think of a cupcake at all. Very different and simple look compared to the tree skirt option. Thanks for posting to Made it Monday! Jules

Andy Porter said...

I totally love that and I would love to copy you and do that to my tree this year!! I love how it hides everything. Your tree looks gorgeous!! Thanks for the link!
~Andy @ Poppies@Play

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That looks beautiful! How smart!

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

That turned out perfectly and it coordinates so well with your tree.
Beautiful!

Dena

jenjen said...

Fun - of course I love it because it's burlap! I have been meaning to make a burlap tree skirt, but somehow life got away from me! But I love yours!

XOXO
Jen

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