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DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub

Want to mix up your Christmas tree skirt this year? Here’s how to use a galvanized tub for a Christmas tree collar!

I was recently introduced to the concept of a tree collar via the Hearth & Hand collection at Target. While I love their silver version and it is pretty reasonably priced, I really wanted to try to DIY my own version.

Making things is so fun for me, and since we try to re-use the same holiday decor year after year, I really look forward to a couple of new decor DIYs each season!

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I was surprised at how simple this was to do – obviously, you have to order the bucket, but the actual cutting took us less than five minutes. It was such an easy project and I love the crisp final effect.

So, without further ado, here is how to DIY a silver bucket tree collar from a galvanized steel tub!

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DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub

DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted

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What you need to make a DIY galvanized tree collar:

What you do:

STEP 1 – measure

First, figure out how big of a hole that you need in your bucket. Since we used this for our faux tree, we needed the hole to be about 3″ across for the base to slip through.

You could also remove the entire bottom of the galvanized bucket if you would rather it be more open or need to be able to easily water a live tree.

DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted

STEP 2 – drilling holes in a galvanized tub

Wondering how to cut a hole in a galvanized steel tub? It’s actually pretty straight forward.

Use your drill to drill a pilot hole in the center of the bottom of the bucket. We started with a small bit and then made the hole bigger using gradually larger bits. This reduces the chances of cracking!

DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted

Insert your jigsaw into the drill hole and cut out a hole to fit your tree base. As I said, our hole is about 3″ across and fits just the “trunk” of our faux tree.

If you want to put a live Christmas tree in a metal bucket, you’ll need a larger hole. That’s why measuring is so important!

DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted
DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted

STEP 3 – cover the cut edges

We used small strips of silver duct tape to help protect us from the sharp edges of the metal. This is optional but advised, and not at all visible since the tree covers it when in place.

DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted

STEP 4 – place the galvanized tub tree stand

Place your base under the bucket and insert the tree into the base through the hole that you cut. You might need to place something under the base to raise it if it is lower than the height of the bucket.

DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted
DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted

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I love the crisp look of this Christmas tree galvanized bucket collar! Since we don’t put presents around this tree, it gives it a really polished look!

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DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1 tree collar

How to make a DIY tree collar

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $10-50

Check out our tutorial for how to make a DIY Christmas tree collar from a galvanized steel bucket.

Materials

  • Bucket sized to fit your tree stand
  • Duct tape

Tools

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with variety of drill bits

Instructions

    1. Figure out how big of a hole that you need in your bucket. Since we used this for our faux tree, we needed the hole to be about 3″ across for the base to slip through. You could also remove the entire bottom if you would rather it be more open.
    2. Use your drill to drill a starter hole in the center of the bottom of the bucket.
    3. Move up to bigger drill bits bigger and bigger. This reduced the chance of cracking.
    4. Insert your jigsaw and cut out the size needed for your tree trunk to fit in. Optional - add duct tape over the sharp edges.
    5. Place the tree stand on the ground and the collar over top. Stick the tree through the hole and into the base. Enjoy!

Notes

If you have a REALY tree and not a faux tree, use your jigsaw to remove the entire bottom of the bucket so you can access the stand and screw the tree in.

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