I love the look of those Christmas tree box stands made of barn wood. But we are in the middle of our big kitchen remodel, and my husband does not need to spend his time building one more thing. So I came up with a great DIY Christmas tree stand alternative that looks like rustic wood but is super easy and cheap to make (no power tools required). Guys, hold on to your hats. This is exciting...
That pretty wood tree stand? It's made of cardboard and paper! The whole thing took about half an hour to make and cost me $4! And it is shockingly realistic.
Here's how you can make your own "wooden" Christmas tree box stand.
Step 1. Gather materials. You'll need a giant cardboard box, a utility knife, a hot glue gun, and some wood look paper. The paper I used is actually THIS bulletin board paper that I bought at Joann. It's located in the teacher supply aisle. With a coupon, it only cost me $4.
Step 2. Make a box. Measure the height from the floor to the bottom branches of your Christmas tree. Then measure the width of the tree stand. Cut the cardboard to fit, like this:
This base doesn't have a top or a bottom so that you can just slide it around the tree base without having to lift the tree into the box. It makes it super easy to use.
Notice the overlap on one corner. That's so you can clamp the box together to keep it snug around the tree.
Step 3. Cover the cardboard with paper. I cut through the entire tube of paper so that I was left with a long, skinny roll to use. Line up the factory edge with the bottom edge of the cardboard, then use hot glue to attach the paper to the cardboard all the way around the box.
Step 4. Fold the top edge of the paper down and glue it on the inside of the box.
Step 5. Wrap the box around the base of the Christmas tree and use a big binder clip to secure the box together in the back of the tree.
Isn't it pretty? I don't think anyone would ever guess what it's made of and I love the rustic touch it adds to my tree. And I especially love that it only cost a few dollars to make.
I'm calling this project a Christmas DIY win!
See the rest of the Christmas eye candy on my holiday home tour HERE.