12 Creative DIY Christmas Tree Stand Ideas to Try This Year

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.


Christmas tree in the living room in a red sleigh with blue and white lamp shades for lighting.

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.

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Choosing a Theme for your Christmas Tree

out of the box artificial tree stand- sleigh

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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.

wooden wheel barrel for artificail christmas treee stand

Christmas Garden Theme Tree Decorations

To keep the rustic touch, I decorated the faux tree with watering cans, birdhouses, vintage garden tools, old shovels , vintage flower seed packets, and so much more.

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.

Garden themed tree in an unusual artifical christmas tree stand
Galvanized watering can in the christmas tree
Birdhouse on top of Christmas tree with a unique artificial christmas tree stand

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.

mushroom ornament in garden tree
Vintage garden shovel in Christmas tree with a unique artificial Christmas tree stand

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.

Christmas Mantel 2022 with a beautiful sign
Family room for Christmas 2022
Family room mantle Christmas 2022

Tree Box

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.

Christmas trees in the family room decorated with green and gold decor ideas
Wood tree box used as a Christmas Tree stand

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.

This was the first tree I put up last year and the last one I took down. The blue and white china shimmers with the lovely plaid ribbon and bows.

You can easily make your own DIY version of this wooden crate or pick up an old recycled one.

Christmas Tree in the dining room with a unique artificial Chrismtas tree stand
Christmas tree in the Dining room in a unique artificial Christmas Tree Stand
White ironstone pitcher hanging in a christmas tree
Unique Christmas tree in the dining room adorned in blue and white

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!

sled with skates for holing the christmas tree

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.

Christmas tree stands

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.  

Image of 4 Christmas tree collars

Galvanized Metal Collar

These have a really rustic look that works well for farmhouse style.

Blue and white living room with a Christmas tree decorated in all gold and white

Woven Collar

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!

A flocked Christmas tree in a crock

This charming tree in a crock is from Wendy @thecuratedfarmhouse

Hallow Log

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.

A Christmas tree was placed into a log as a stand.

Repurposed Planter

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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  1. So many great ideas for Christmas tree stands! I love to use a large garden urn for our biggest tree. Your post gave me lots of ideas for some of my other trees! Thanks, Wendy!

  2. I love that giant red sleigh! We bought a few collars last year (we have multiple trees) and I really liked that look so much better than a traditional tree stand/skirt.

    1. Thank you Joanne. I agree with you! the collars are so much prettier than the skirts. I have a few new ideas up my sleeve for this year.

  3. Wow, so many ideas I never thought of. I love the carts and I love the bucket idea for the tiny tree. Great tips.

    1. Thank you Marty, I am so glad that you enjoyed my post.

  4. Oh my gosh. So many fun ideas, Wendy. This makes me so excited to start decorating for Christmas. My favorite is that fabulous sleigh. I need to find one for my tree.


    1. Thank you Jen, I was thinking of stripping that sled this year? what do you think?

    1. Thank you Melanie. I am excited to get Christmas going for this year.

  5. Wendy – these are such unique and creative ways to surround a Christmas tree – so many I never even would have thought of! I love the sleigh best of all ;).

    1. Thank you so much Pasha. I always love the challenge of coming up with new ideas for a tree stand.

  6. You’re trees are all so pretty, Wendy! So many creative tree stand ideas. The wheel barrel is so clever!

    1. Thank you Kim. The garden tree was my favorite for sure!

    1. Hi Kim, thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed my gardening tree. It was so fun to create.

  7. Wow, Wendy!! All of your Christmas tree ideas are amazing!! That garden themed tree is just stunning. I put my tree inside of a vintage wooden crate last year and LOVED it.
    Thanks so much for all of the fun ideas!! I can’t believe we are already talking about the holidays…it will be here before we know it!

    1. Hi Rachel, I know it is hard to believe Christmas is approaching. I am trying a form of a crate myself this year, looking forward to getting creative. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Leslie Watkins says:

    Oh, my goodness! You had me at sleigh—But the garden tree may have to be duplicated here this year!
    Love all of your inspiration! I need to share this soon!

    1. Hi Leslie, thank you so much. The garden tree was so fun to decorate. You can use so many different items. I hope you re-create it. I would love to see your version. Too bad you don’t live closer. I would have let you use the wheelbarrow.

  9. These are all such fabulous ideas! I never would have though of the sleigh idea- it’s so charming! I may need to rethink my tree stand plan for this year.

    1. Hi Shawna, I am so glad you enjoyed my post. I know I am a bit crazy, but I love to think outside the box.
      Have a great weekend.

  10. These ideas are all so fun and festive Wendy! I love that red sleigh and would definitely want to leave it out all winter long. It’s beautiful. Love your garden tree too. I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s so creative. I can hardly believe we are just a few days away from Christmas. I swear it goes by too fast every year! Hugs and Happy Christmas, CoCo

    1. Thank you, Coco. I had so much fun with all of these trees. I love creating exciting themes for the trees. I agree. Christmas has come around way to fast this year. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  11. So many fun ideas! I love your inventiveness — and you must love your high ceilings!

    1. Thank you, Diane. Yes, It is nice to have tall ceilings. Merry Christmas to you and your entire family.

  12. I don’t know what I love more the garden tree or the blue and white one. The wheelbarrow is a fantastic idea though.

    1. Thank you Anita, there is one more to come to this Saturday. Keep your eyes open.

  13. My favorite is your garden tree. It’s a touch of the unexpected. I love it in that wheelbarrow. You always have such creative ideas.

    1. Thak you, Tammy, it is my favorite too, but the general population did not entirely respond as I thought. LOL

    1. Thank you, Rachel, I think it is one of my favorite trees.

  14. Wendy, what wonderfully creative ideas!! I love them all, but you really outdid yourself with the garden themed tree! The wheel barrel is genius!! Beautifully done!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim. It was such a fun-themed tree to do and very fitting to my lifestyle.
      I wish it was easier to photograph. I don’t think the images do it justice.

  15. Wendy, your garden themed tree is lovely! I love using “out of the box” items for tree stands, it adds a little character.
    This year I used a basket/table for one tree, a vintage wood and brass bucket for a mini tree in the kitchen and a brown and white transfer ware piece for a small tree.

    I cannot wait to see more of your decorations so keep them coming. I am taking notes for next year.

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I cannot wait to see your trees. I am headed to your blog to see if they are there. I am going to reveal my last tree on Saturday, I would love to add you to my post if you have one on your trees? if so, please email me the link and some images to add. [email protected]

    1. Thank you so much Cindy. Very kind of you to say.

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