Christmas is my favorite holiday and definitely my favorite to decorate for. But like all home decor, I love changing things up! This holiday season I wanted the Christmas vibe to be simple, with modern and neutral Christmas decorations to compliment the newly renovated family room. One of the key components is of course the Christmas tree. While I have added several small DIYs to the tree this year, I wanted to address a big one, the Christmas tree base. Metal tree collars have been all the rage, but I have yet to find a modern version. So, you guessed it, I made a wooden Christmas tree collar! It was a very easy project and I am going to show you how to make your own modern DIY Christmas tree collar with this simple tutorial.
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DIY Modern Christmas Tree Collar
Like with many aspects of interior design, I frequently dream up ideas that don’t exist at a store to buy. Story of my life! In this case I was after a simple Christmas tree box stand that would hide the ugly tree base. I envisioned something black with a few wood accents. And this is how my DIY tree collar idea was born.
What is a Christmas Tree Collar?
A Christmas tree collar is exactly what it sounds like. It is a covering at the base of the Christmas tree that hides the ugly tree stands and the bowl of water if you have a real tree. It replaces the traditional Christmas tree skirt. It is a great way to take your tree decor to the next level.
Tree collars come in all different shapes, sizes, and materials. There are square collars and hinged collars for a tighter tree collar fit. And if you want a woven tree collar or galvanized tree collar there are plenty of options. But all of these seemed a little too farmhouse for me and I didn’t find many modern or wooden tree collars that weren’t crazy expensive.
DIY Modern Christmas Tree Collar Materials
Before the modern Christmas tree collar, the base of my tree looked like this. Not only was it lacking pizzazz, but I can’t stand to see the cords! Speaking of, if you don’t have a smart plug for your Christmas tree, you are missing out! I love asking Google to turn on the Christmas tree every night 🙂
Step 1 – Buy Your Wood
Pick up a 1x12x8 common board from your local hardware store. I found mine at Home Depot and it cost less than $18.
Step 2 – Measure and Cut
Measure the base of your tree stand to determine how large to make your Christmas tree collar. You will also want to measure the height of your tree from the ground. Mine is 21×18, but they do vary in size, so make sure to measure first. I have a thin artificial tree that is 9ft tall. If you have a wider, larger tree your stand will likely be bigger as well.
Then cut your piece of wood into four pieces based on the size of your tree. I cut two pieces to 21.75 inches and two to 19.75 inches using the sliding miter saw. I used my first piece as a template for the second. You could also use a table saw or a circular saw. If you do not have a saw, you can ask your hardware store to cut the wood for you. I used the entire width of the board, so no rip cuts were required.
Step 3 – Assemble the Tree Collar Pieces
Make a box with the four pieces of wood you cut in step two. The top and bottom of the box will be open as this is where the Christmas tree stand will sit. I used clamps to help hold the box together before nailing it. You don’t need clamps, but it does make this step easier. I used 1.25 inch brad nails in the nail gun to attach the four pieces with butt joints. You could also do this with a 45 degree angle cut if you have a sliding compound miter saw.
Step 4 – Paint or Stain the Wood Christmas Tree Box
Paint or stain your box. I chose to paint mine a solid color with leftover paint I had on hand from the stock tank pool. The actual color name is black. Clearly the person in charge of naming paint that day was hungover. Even a third grader can be more creative than that, haha! Technically this is exterior paint but I already had it. Any paint will do here. I used a foam roller and only painted the outside of my tree collar, but I wish I had painted the inside as well. At just the right angle I can see the unpainted wood inside of the tree collar.
Step 5 – Cut Optional Wood Slats
To add some additional modern detail to my Christmas tree collar, I cut strips of wood from some scraps I had leftover from the fireplace makeover. I cut five pieces per side, for a total of 20 pieces. The scraps I used were leftovers from long rip cuts that were just the right size, but you can easily use 1x2s instead. This particular wood is beetle kill pine, so it has a bit of blue gray coloring to it.
Step 6 – Attach Optional Wood Slats
Use a brad nailer to attach the strips of wood to the Christmas tree collar. To help me decide on the placement, I used some painters tape to get a visual before nailing them in place. I chose to leave my wood strips natural to compliment the rest of the rooms décor, but you can definitely stain or paint them based on your personal preference.
Step 7 – Add Your Christmas Tree
Place the base of your Christmas tree inside the tree collar. Because my tree was already up and decorated when I decided to make this on a whim, this part was a bit tricky. Ideally, it’s best to place the collar before the tree is assembled, but we managed to pull it off with only a Christmas tree decoration casualties. PS, I only use plastic ornaments because, life happens. Now you can decorate the rest of the tree and enjoy the bottom of the tree just as much as the top!
A beautiful Christmas tree collar is a super easy DIY project that can be done in a day! It adds the perfect finishing touch to the Christmas tree and works really well with the new mantel and picture ledge. It is also the perfect way to hide the cords to the tree lights. Not to mention, it’s the natural and modern vibe I was really after!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make one to fit my design style better?
Absolutely! Raw or stained wood adds a more rustic touch while painted wood is more modern. For traditional styles you might try using trim molding for extra detail.
Does it have to be made out of wood?
Not at all! I have seen many DIY Christmas tree collar ideas that include a wicker basket, a block of wood, a large basket, a cardboard box, a vintage crate, a woven basket, and even outdoor planters. The choice is yours.
Can I have a tree collar with a live tree?
Definitely, you do not need a faux tree to do this DIY. You will just need to make sure you have plenty of room at the base of the tree to water it.
How do you store this?
I store mine in the basement with my Christmas tree. If you need an easy way to store it, you might consider adding hinges and a latch on the inside. This will create easy storage and you can stash it flat under a bed 😉
Because I already had the paint and some scrap wood on hand, I was able to build this modern Christmas tree collar for less than $20! What do you think? Will you try this easy DIY Christmas tree collar this year?
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