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Spruce up your Christmas tree with a galvanized tree collar. Here’s how you can make your own in 10 minutes, plus a round up of inexpensive ready-made tree collars that will make the base of your tree look great all season long.
WHAT IS A TREE COLLAR?
A tree collar is a great alternative to a regular Christmas tree skirt. A collar gives a really nice finished look to the base of your Christmas tree– in essence it’s a really fancy way to hide your Christmas tree stand.
So if you aren’t a big fan of Christmas tree skirts, then a tree collar is just for you!
One of the most popular types of tree collars is a galvanized one. A galvanized tree collar goes with any style of decor from modern to farmhouse to shabby chic to bright and colorful.
If you want a galvanized tree collar and don’t want to spend a fortune on one, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to create your own tree collar in about 10 minutes!
ALREADY-MADE GALVANIZED TREE COLLAR OPTIONS
If you feel crafty and want to make your own galvanized tree collar (in 10 minutes), skip this section. But for all of you who don’t have the time or energy to make a DIY tree collar, here are some classy, ready-made tree collars that will make your Christmas tree so fancy.
DIY CHRISTMAS TREE COLLAR
Feeling like a DIY galvanized tree collar? That’s what I did and it was so easy and so quick. All I can say is our Christmas tree looks so much more complete with a tree collar versus a tree skirt. And now I just want to curl up by the tree every night to watch one of the best Christmas movies.
Making your own tree collar is not hard. Here’s how you can make your own for $20 in 10 minutes!
TREE COLLAR SUPPLIES
- 17-gallon galvanized bucket (this size should be wide enough for most trees, but double check before you cut by measuring the width of your Christmas tree stand.)
- Flat-head screw driver
- Orbital jigsaw with metal-cutting blade
- Metal file
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HOW TO MAKE A GALVANIZED TREE COLLAR:
Measure the width of your Christmas tree stand and purchase a galvanized bucket that is wider than your stand. Most stands will fit in a 17-gallon metal bucket, but double check so that your tree stand will fit.
This 17-gallon metal bucket should fit most trees.
To make a tree collar, you are essentially going to cut out the bottom of the bucket. To do this, turn the bucket upside down. Take a flat-head screw driver and make a hole in the center. Use a hammer to hit the screw driver to make the hole.
This step is optional, but it will give you a nice starting place for your saw.
Now, you’re ready to saw! My awesome husband helped me with this step, bless his heart. He started sawing in the small hole we made and kept moving around until we had a nice hole in the bucket.
This is the beginning of your diy tree collar! Continue using the orbital saw until the entire bottom is cut out.
At this point, you can choose how big of a hole you want. We thought we would only want a hole big enough for the tree trunk to fit through so that ornaments wouldn’t fall to the ground.
But I wasn’t loving that look, so we continued cutting the bottom out until all that was left was the outer rim.
Either route you go, use the metal file to smooth out any rough edges you have from sawing so no one gets cut!
Now it’s time to set up the Christmas tree with your new tree collar! First, place the tree collar in the spot you want your tree. Then place the tree stand into the collar and continue setting up your tree.
With the tree and tree collar in place, you are ready to decorate the tree. And then you can stare at the most amazing galvanized tree collar you just made yourself!
This is what your tree collar will look like!