Skip the old-fashioned tree stands this year. You can easily make your own DIY Christmas tree stand by repurposing everyday items for a fun and festive look!
In this post, I’ll share how I use out-of-the-box artificial Christmas tree stands, from buckets and baskets to sleighs and even a wheelbarrow. Especially if you have an artificial or smaller tree, you can easily create or find your own tree stand using everyday objects. They add such a nice touch and can really take the look to a whole new level!
Since I started blogging about two years ago, we switched to artificial Christmas trees. I had a tree skirt, but I was not a big fan. Each year, I try to create themed trees and use unusual artificial tree stands.
Have you ever looked at your artificial Christmas tree and wondered how you can give it a personal touch? Well, look no further – I’m here to show you how to add a touch of surprise and creativity to your festive decor with an out-of-the-box artificial Christmas tree stand. Let me share my favorite ideas for creating beautiful holiday trees using unexpected materials instead of traditional stands.
Today, I am joining nine other bloggers to bring you some early Christmas inspiration hosted by my friend Pasha @pashaishome. We aim to give you some great holiday decor ideas you can implement over the next few months.
Choosing a Theme for your Christmas Tree
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Do you decorate your trees with a theme each year? I have been doing this for several years now. Thinking up a theme and finding items to go with my theme is always a challenge I enjoy. I dream of these themes in my head for several months to a year before I put them together.
Last year, I put up three full-size Christmas trees. My family room tree theme is “Gardening,” the living room is blue, red, and white candle lamps, and the dining room is blue and white Chinoiserie with plaid accents.
Once you have a theme, it’s time to find the perfect tree stand!
DIY Christmas Tree Stand Ideas
If you want a truly unique look, it’s important to keep an open mind. Allow yourself to imagine placing the base of your tree in a basket, wood crate, old tire, etc. Not every idea will be a winner, but you never know until you try!
As for our family room’s garden-themed tree…a magnificent vintage wheelbarrow, (I happened upon at an estate sale), made the difference to complete the look
Lastly was the dining room. Having put my china on the tree, I would have loved to have the tree in a giant tea cup, but that was impossible. I settled for this blue and white, old barn wood box that my husband and I made for me last year. The colors were perfect, and they worked with our home.
Wheelbarrow DIY Stand for Your Artificial Tree
For my garden-themed Christmas tree, I wanted a rustic look. I found this wheelbarrow at a local estate sale. It was a bit wobbly and took some work from my hubby, and our dear friend Dan to make it happen.
It’s actually so nice to have the tree off the floor and this was a fun project anyone could try.
Christmas Garden Theme Tree Decorations
For a little flair, I incorporated some beautiful ribbon from D Stevens. This one has chambray blue on one side and red and white check on the other. There are even cute red epoxy mushroom ornaments! Get the full tutorial to make your own at the link. They are so cute and super easy to make!
I carried out the theme on the shelves, the mantel, and the hutch in the family room.
I added flower pots from the garden filled with vintage garden tools and some fun mushrooms. The mantel is adorned with Christmas greens, flower pots filled with dried hydrangeas, and a vintage watering can.
Have you seen the rage about mushrooms this year? Well, they are everywhere. You may have seen my tutorial on these cute red epoxy mushroom ornaments I made to add to the tree. They are so cute and super easy to make.
Christmas Garden Theme In The Family Room
I carried out the theme on the shelves, the mantel, and the hutch in the family room.
I added flower pots from the garden filled with vintage garden tools and some fun mushrooms. The mantel is adorned with Christmas greens, more flower pots with dried hydrangeas, and a vintage watering can.
This one is super easy! Take a trip to your local nursery and pick up a tree box. Typically, they will sell them. I was able to find a 24″ box for $25.00. You can leave them natural as I did or paint them. You could do so many fun things with these wood tree boxes.
Wooden Crate Christmas Tree Stand Box
In the dining room, I displayed my blue and white Christmas tree complete with my favorite blue floral china. hanging in the tree! I initially dreamed of a grand tureen to use as the base, but that was impossible. Instead, I had a wooden box my husband made last year that was the perfect size and shape. The hues of blue and white complimented our beautiful home perfectly.
You can easily make your own DIY version of this wooden crate or pick up an old recycled one.
My favorite Christmas tree box/stands
Here are just a few of my favorites
Sleigh Christmas Tree Stand
I skipped the old-fashioned Christmas tree skirts for my blue and white candle lamp tree and used a miniature sleigh! This looks stunning indoors, but you could even set this up outside your front door. It would look lovely with a little fake snow on the ground!
DIY Christmas Tree Stand Bucket
My dear friend Kim from @shiplapandshells has placed her darling tree in an old bucket. This is such a great idea for smaller trees. Be sure to go on over and visit her blog. Kim Shares all about how to decorate with smaller Christmas trees in your home.
Woven Basket Christmas Tree Stand
Jen @tattertotsandjello has done some of the most beautiful trees in some out-of-the-box artificial Christmas tree stands. You can check out her beautiful post and see all 15 of her gorgeous trees. I love the woven basket for the sunburst tree. It really hides the base and adds a nice texture! You could easily spray paint an old basket gold to make your own.
If you find a large enough basket, you can even use your regular tree base and tuck it at the bottom of the basket. Otherwise, you might want to add something to hold the tree in place like old towels, rocks, etc. You can even make a narrow tree stand out of raw wood to hold it in place.
Unique Christmas Tree Collars
One of my favorite trends is Christmas tree collars! There are so many different types out there and they can be used for a fake tree or a real tree.
Galvanized Metal Collar
These have a really rustic look that works well for farmhouse style.
If you love textures, this is an excellent choice for you this holiday season! The woven collar looks great with pretty much any style of decor. It looks right at home in a beachy coastal home or a rustic cabin.
Old Crock Christmas Tree Stands
If you collect antique stoneware crocks, the large 8 or 10-gallon crocks are perfect for holding a small Christmas tree! Just add some padding around the sides to help hold it in place. It will look so charming!
This charming tree in a crock is from Wendy @thecuratedfarmhouse
If you want to make your artificial tree look like a live tree, you need a tree trunk! Hollow out an old log and stick the base of your tree inside. Use a burlap sack to hold it in place.
Planters are already made for holding plants so they’re a great alternative to regular Christmas tree stands! You can either get a brand new planter or spray paint an old one to give it a new life. Just be sure to choose a large enough stand to hold your tree.
My friend Rachel used this beautiful planter to put her woodland tree in.
Wine Barrel Christmas Tree Stand
Gardeners already love using half barrels in the yard and they’re a great stand to use indoors as well! They already have a nice, curved wooden shape and they are typically pretty wide, so you’ll have plenty of space to add the base of the tree. This would look amazing with wine-themed decor and rich reds and deep greens!
And that’s how you create a Christmas tree in a unique DIY tree stand! I hope this article has inspired you to think outside the box regarding your Christmas decorations. Now I am off to start creating this year’s magical trees.
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