DIY Faux Barn Wood Christmas Tree Collar

Make a faux barn wood Christmas tree collar in an hour for under $10.

I love the look of those Christmas tree collars 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. I also don’t want to store something big and bulky all year. 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…
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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, a big binder clip and some wood-look bulletin board paper. Here are the best paper options I’ve found:

Most craft stores and teacher supply stores carry several varieties of bulletin board paper, so you can definitely check in-store to see the designs in person. Just look in the teacher supply aisle.

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.
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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.
Alternatives to traditional tree skirts

I’m calling this project a Christmas DIY win!

Make a faux wood box to put your tree in!

I’ve also got a super popular tutorial for how to decorate Christmas garland like a pro.  I’ve broken the process down into simple steps that anyone can follow. Hopefully you find that post helpful too. Happy Christmas decorating!

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  1. This is AWESOME!! I love the look of a tree collar but didn’t want to spend a fortune for one. Or try to figure out storage for it after the season. This is perfect!! Thank you so much for this idea!!

  2. Well even though I already spent money on a round metal one, this is just adorable! I do put up more than one tree so I can still make it! Thank you for sharing, this is such an easy fix!

  3. Thank you! I bought a huge tree and the only really large tree skirts I can find to fit around the stand are crazy expensive! We have a rustic themed tree and i can’t wait to try this with all the large amazon boxes I have piled in the recycling! Thank youuuuu!!

  4. You’ve come up with a first rate solution!! There’s a huge box in my side yard right now that I’m going to do this with! Thank you thank you for this superb idea! I love a good project and this is a diy that I can do without spending much money!!


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