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!
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!
DIY Silver Bucket Tree Collar from a Galvanized Steel Tub
What you need:
What you do:
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 if you would rather it be more open.
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!
Insert your jigsaw into the drill hole and cut out a hole to fit your tree base. As I said, ours was about 3″ across and fits just the “trunk” of our faux tree.
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.
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.
I love the crisp look of this tree collar! Since we don’t put presents around this tree, it gives it a really polished look!
How do you handle the base of your tree? Tree collar? Tree skirt? Something else?!
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- Bucket sized to fit your tree stand
- Duct tape
- Drill with variety of drill bits
- 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.
- Use your drill to drill a starter hole in the center of the bottom of the bucket.
- Move up to bigger drill bits bigger and bigger. This reduced the chance of cracking.
- Insert your jigsaw and cut out the size needed for your tree trunk to fit in. Optional - add duct tape over the sharp edges.
- Place the tree stand on the ground and the collar over top. Stick the tree through the hole and into the base. Enjoy!
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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