Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Decorative Christmas Tree Stand

Okay, so I was going to wait to share this project until I was completely done with it, but I think it’s pretty awesome and needed to share it now.  With two little kiddos having a Christmas tree is a feat in itself. Every day I find ornaments all over our house, and every time I find one I try to stick it back on the tree before the kids can grab them again. 
The same thing went for our tree skirt. We had a really pretty, quilted gold one that went so nice with the glittery ornaments. Unfortunately, the kids thought it was their new blanket. Not cool kids, not cool. So I came up with a plan to ditch the skirt. No fuss, no mess.
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Now remember, I am NOT finished yet, so don’t judge till it’s done, okay?! I still need to paint the planter and finish decorating our tree. But I wanted to share this super easy project with you so you guys can make your own. You know, in case you’re having the same problems I am having with your wild kids too.
Things you’ll need:
  • A planter- I used a plastic one that I’ve been storing in our garage for a while. They’re inexpensive and easy to find.
  • Quikrete Mix, or any type of fast setting concrete/cement mix. We bought a 50 pound bag of concrete mix from Lowes, and it was only a few dollars.
  • Water- hot water if it’s cold where you’ll be mixing the cement.
  • A hollow PVC or plastic pipe.  Make sure the diameter of the pipe is slightly larger than your tree’s pole (that’s right, we have a fake tree!), and you’ll only need it to be as tall as your planter, or slightly taller. The pipe we bought was also only a couple of dollars.
  • A tool to mix the concrete with. Nothing fancy, we used a large kitchen ladle. (Cause we’re ghetto-crafty like that!)
You will position your pipe in the center of your planter, making sure it’s touching the bottom of it. It works best if you have someone holding the pipe in place.  Pour in some concrete mix, and your hot water. Stir until it looks like it is well mixed. You can add more concrete and water if needed.
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When you’ve got the amount you wanted in your planter, allow it to set up for about 40 minutes. Then you can place your tree pole inside the pipe. The planter will be heavy and sturdy enough to hold up your tree.
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See, fits snugly inside!
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Now there’s no need to worry about your kids dragging the tree skirt off, and it’s a lot easier to vacuum under the tree!
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AND…Once it’s painted it’s going to be pin worthy, right? RIGHT!
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2 comments:

Liz said...

Now I understand the photos of concrete pots on twitter! Excellent idea - your tree looks pretty :)

WolvesAtTheDoor said...

Thanks for following my blog and I'm going to show this idea to my Mum - she has always looked for ways to make the bottom of her Christmas tree more attractive! Hope you're having a great week!