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How to Create a Tree Collar for Under $5

This Christmas Tree Collar is such a smart, easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself project.  Let me show you how to make one with this simple tutorial!

How to Create a Tree Collar for Under

This tree decoration pairs nicely with my holiday ribbon pick tutorial for a lovely put together look that I shared last year!

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I absolutely love the look of this woven tree collar around the base of our Hand Crafted Christmas Tree but I am not a huge fan of the typical price tag at Home Depot.  Most metal collars retail for upwards of $60 and that’s a big investment for something that you may want to change out every year.

So I came up with an awesome solution for the base of the tree. It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorations for the bottom of the tree.

DIY Christmas Tree Collar

I feel like this tree collar adds the perfect finishing touch to our Christmas Tree decor.  It covers the very unsightly tree stand and ties into the rest of the natural, textural elements on our artificial tree. 

I simply paired it with this white fur rug that I purchased from Walmart, a thrifted cake stand and a few festive signs from Michaels for a complete look at the base of my tree. Square collars like this look lovely with a traditional christmas tree skirt too!

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Some of my Amazon Christmas decorating finds:

  • Here’s a white fur tree skirt similar to my rug!
  • This plush reindeer would make a darling addition under the tree.
  • These wooden Christmas signs are perfect for making a statement.
  • This white cake stand helps to add height and dimension to a display.

Be sure to check out my Holiday Gallery Wall and these tips for holiday decorating with the kids for more decorating ideas.

how to create a tree collar for under

Christmas tree collar for under $5:

  1. To create this woven tree collar I first started by scouring my local thrift stores for a wicker basket that I felt would be the right shape and size.  This basket that I ended up finding and using is approx. 12″x12″x14″ and was only $4.99. 
  • This wicker basket is one of the best options from Amazon that I have seen and would make a great decorative christmas tree collar!
brown weaved basket
  • It is important to know how much room you have to work with at the base of your tree.  Some Christmas trees have branches that are higher from the floor while others have branches that are lower.
  • Be sure to measure the height of your tree stand before going shopping for a wicker basket.  Look for ones with a “seam” as you will likely need to cut the basket to fit it around the christmas tree base.  Cutting along the seam helps to prevent fraying and damage to the woven material.
brown weaved basket split open

2. Cut out the bottom of the basket to create a ring.  Depending on how large the basket is in circumference, you may need to also cut it open along a side seam.

  • My basket was not quite large enough to fit around the tree stand so using sharp kitchen shears I cut it open along a side seam as well.  This allowed me to spread the basket wider and create the woven tree collar look that I was hoping for.
How to Create a Tree Collar for Under

3. Finally, place the basket (now tree collar) upside down and around the Christmas tree stand.  I simply wrapped it around the stand, leaving the cut opening of the basket at the back.  Add christmas tree ornaments and a tree skirt to finish the look and you are all set!

DIY Tree Collar:

How to Create a Tree Collar for Under $5

Pretty simple right?!  The only trick is finding the perfect basket to use!  One that is shallow enough to fit under your tree, without bulky handles and with seams for ease of cutting.

In the near future I want to DIY a galvanized tree collar for our second artificial Christmas tree that’s downstairs.

DIY Christmas Tree Collar

I found this red basket at the dollar store.

DIY Christmas Tree Collar

Cutting the bottom off and then down the side, it was easy to use as a tree collar.

DIY Christmas Tree Collar

Here it is around our Reindeer Themed Christmas Tree. Fun right?! You could also use this technique on our Nightmare Before Christmas Tree or Chewbacca Star Wars Tree!

Christmas Tree Collar DIY for Under $5

If you create a tree collar I would love to see it!  I can just see so many gorgeous versions of this being created.  If you loved this DIY tree collar post please help me share it on Facebook and Pinterest!

How to Create a Tree Collar for Under $5

DIY Christmas Tree Collar

Yield: 1
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

How to make a DIY Christmas tree collar using a thrifted basket.

Materials

  • Wicker basket
  • Sturdy scissors or exacto knife
  • Tape (optional)

Instructions

1. To create this woven tree collar I first started by scouring my local thrift stores for a wicker basket that I felt would be the right shape and size.  This basket that I ended up finding and using is approx. 12"x12"x14" and was only $4.99. 

2. Cut out the bottom of the basket to create a ring.  Depending on how large the basket is in circumference, you may need to also cut it open along a side seam.

3. Finally, place the basket (now tree collar) upside down and around the Christmas tree stand.  I simply wrapped it around the stand, leaving the cut opening of the basket at the back.  Add christmas tree ornaments and a tree skirt to finish the look and you are all set!

Notes

It is important to know how much room you have to work with at the base of your tree.  Some Christmas trees have branches that are higher from the floor while others have branches that are lower.

Be sure to measure the height of your tree stand before going shopping for a wicker basket.  Look for ones with a "seam" as you will likely need to cut the basket to fit it around the christmas tree base. 

Cutting along the seam helps to prevent fraying and damage to the woven material. Tape can be used to reinforce cut edges.

My basket was not quite large enough to fit around the tree stand so using sharp kitchen shears I cut it open along a side seam as well.  This allowed me to spread the basket wider and create the woven tree collar look that I was hoping for.

Did you make this project?

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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