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Make A Christmas Tree Crate (Hide that Ugly Stand)

For years I have hated the green and red plastic monster under the Christmas tree. I have tried to hide it, ignore it, come to terms with it...but nothing works.BUT not this year. In about 2 hours total, I whipped up a simple rustic crate (about a 26" x 26" square) to house the tree...best yet I do not have to look at the ugly stand but get the peace of mind of knowing that plastic monster is protect my hardwood floors from water damage etc.
I only needed 5 pieces of 1x4x10 pine cut into the right dimensions (6 - 26", 9 - 25") about 2 dozen +/- wood screws, some wood stain and paint to create this Christmas Tree crate that look as though it could have fallen off Santa's sled.

To see more: http://www.504main.com/2012/12/diy-christmas-tree-crate.html

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  • Heidi Reynolds
    Heidi Reynolds Pontiac, IL
    on Oct 24, 2013

    how did you do your lettering?

  • Holly Lefevre
    Holly Lefevre Austin, TX
    on Oct 25, 2013

    @Heidi Reynolds - I used a stencil, stencil brush and white paint...and then a lot of sanding after it was dry. All of the details are on the blog post: http://www.504main.com/2012/12/diy-christmas-tree-crate.html

  • Kathy Brown
    Kathy Brown San Antonio, TX
    on Dec 6, 2014

    Love this look...feeling inspired out of my Bah-humbug fog!

  • Jean Myles
    Jean Myles
    on Dec 14, 2015

    Neat idea Ty for sharing Merry Christmas

  • Emmawilliams1
    Emmawilliams1 Emory, TX
    on Nov 20, 2017

    I always wrap the bottom of the tree and stand with an old white sheet before laying the tree skirt.. Trust me, it works, even in my finest homes. try to keep my life simple. Aside from that, when all the gifts are under the tree, who sees the stand? HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

    • Holly Lefevre
      Holly Lefevre Austin, TX
      on Nov 26, 2017

      Glad that works for you! There are so many ways to decorate a tree. I do not put gifts out until right before Christmas, so we like a decorative stand.

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