Have you ever heard of a Christmas Tree Stand Box? What is it? It's sort of like a tree collar.
I’ve been wanting to make one ever since I saw the Scrap Wood Crate Christmas Tree Stand my friend Kim made a couple of years ago. I recently shared her project on my Facebook page and it really got me inspired to finally tackle this alternative to a Christmas tree skirt project! Oh, and there's a bonus feature of my Christmas Tree Box! It folds FLAT for storage. All the details ahead. . .
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Cut boards to fit the Christmas Tree Stand
My design is really simple. I used reclaimed fence wood, but you could easily buy new wood planks for this project and it would be really inexpensive. The planks were ripped on the table saw to make four “frames”. I laid out the frames and set three fence planks on the frame. Then I used my nail gun to “tack” the three boards to the frame. So easy! You could even go old school and use a hammer and nails.
Four Equal Sides make up the Christmas Tree Stand Box
Easy peasy! Four sides make a box. I could have stopped there, but I wanted to give it more detail—I made mine a few days after I saw Kim’s and didn’t realize I was practically copying her style. You know what they say about “imitation and flattery”.
Mark your diagonal cuts
Since I wasn’t following Kim’s tutorial, my X pieces are totally different. Looking back at her post as I write this, I wish I had done these her way. You can decide how you want to do yours after comparing our two projects. I cut one large cross board on a 45° on each end. After placing that from top right to bottom left, I used another piece and marked it with a carpenter’s square. I then cut it on the miter saw by locking the saw at the proper angle.
I did the same for the bottom board. The cross pieces were tacked with the nail gun.
Dry fit your pieces by clamping
I clamped the four sides of the Christmas tree stand together to make sure everything was coming together okay. If you remember from the earlier image, my plank boards don’t go all the way to the edge of the frame. That was pure laziness on my part because I didn’t want to have to rip the plank boards. It actually worked to my advantage when putting the decorative Christmas tree box together.
This is where my Christmas tree box is a little different. I wanted it to be collapsible and store flat 11 months out of the year.
Door Hinges Make Box Fold Flat for Storage
I dug in my stash and found four door hinges that matched. The pins were removed from each hinge and cleaned a little using a sanding sponge. I want to make sure that the pins slide in and out of the hinges freely. You can see in the background that I have one hinge installed with the pin raised slightly making it easier to remove.
I numbered each of the four sides so that when I dismantle the Christmas tree stand box, I’ll know how to put it back together.
If you don't want to make your own, you can buy your own Christmas tree stand box cover on Amazon.
How do I clean my artificial tree?
While I had the Christmas tree outside, I took the time to actually hose it off. Oh my gosh, what a difference it made in the sheen. Not only do the branches look better, they didn’t irritate my skin when I decorated it as much as they usually do. So glad I washed the artificial tree!
You can see that the tree stand fits pretty snug in the box to cover it up. I don’t have much space in my living room and I didn’t want to make the box larger than necessary. Because my space is small, I made my full sized Christmas tree into a corner tree. After setting it up this year I realized it’s not really so much of a corner tree as it is a Half Tree. A well known company sells half trees, but they are very, very expensive.
I seriously love how the box covers up my Christmas tree stand. I debated for a long time on whether I should stain, seal or whitewash the Christmas Tree Box. In the end (for now) I decided to leave it as is.
I staged the wooden box and Christmas tree in the back yard. It makes the artificial Christmas tree look more real! This really is a nice tree, especially now that I washed it!
Do you love my new diy Christmas tree stand box? I do. I’ve never really been a fan of Christmas tree skirts because all the packages mess it up. However, I do love the new Christmas tree collars, but much prefer this rustic box.
Granted, when all the packages get placed under the tree, the Christmas tree box may not be as visible, but I’m so glad I made this project. I am a little uncertain if the box and tree will fit in the living room corner. I should have re-read Kim’s post and followed her lead with the BUCKET idea--instead of my original Christmas tree stand! Then I could have made the box slightly smaller.
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How do you disguise your Christmas tree stand?
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
I had my husband make this a couple of years ago and I love it! My husband added piano hinges so it all stays together but still fold flat for storage. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!
Thanks for letting me know your husband made one! I have a smaller tree now, thinking about making a new one this year. I'm trying to wrap my brain around how a piano hinge works to make it still fold flat for storage. 🙂
What was the size of your box?
I'm not sure the size of the box. I made it to fit my tree stand. No bigger, no smaller.... it fits exactly into the box as it is.
Sorry I can't be of any more help.
Thank you so much Gail. I Can't wait to make mine.
I really want to make this. Do you have any plans with measurements?
Thanks Jessica for asking about the measurements. I made this to fit MY Christmas tree stand exactly, with no room to spare. The panels measure approximately 17.5 tall 19.25 wide. Your measurements would depend on the size of your stand. If you use the "bucket method" putting the bottom of your tree stand in a 5 gallon bucket you can try this size. However, a five gallon bucket is typically about 17.5 inches tall, so you may need to find one not so tall or make your panels slightly taller than I did. 🙂
I just got my panels out last night and put them together. Since I numbered them when I made them, this was soooo simple!
Hi! It’s awesome! Thanks for sharing the plans!! When you fold it up, do those pins need to come out? I’m confused how the wood will lay flat. Thanks so much!!
Yes, the pins come out and store away with the flat sections of panels.
Gail this looks so beautiful. Love your idea of 1/2 a tree. What a brilliant idea!
Adorable as usual. I too make some crate type things that come apart to lay flat, mine are three sided for big trees so they can just be slid under, but they could be four sided too and lay flat. I love them, I have given them as personalized gifts.
Awesome Ideas Bliss. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
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This is what I need for my Charlie Brown tree. Lol. It’s a horrible little tree that has at least a good foot between the stand and where the branches start! You did a nice job, and bonus points for the fact that it folds!
It sounds like this is just what you need Serena! I love using reclaimed wood for quick and easy (free) projects!
I love it!!
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