A Rustic Barrel Christmas Tree

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$10
1 Hour
Easy

I love rustic, woodsy looking skinny Christmas trees so when I found a 4-1/2 foot tree that was made with a real tree branch up the middle I was so happy...but nothing thrilled me more then getting it on clearance 90% off at the end of the season!

It's really cute with all the woodland creatures and pine cones I had. But it needed height and a nice base. I didn't want it on the floor. A table worked for awhile but I wanted rustic....

I had this awesome rustic barrel...

And cut this scrap plywood to fit on top of the barrel and cut into it so it slides up against the tree trunk....

Then I cut some scrap burlap bag into a circle then cut it to the center to accommodate the tree trunk and set it on top of the wood covered barrel...

I measured and cut some scrap Christmas ribbon to fit around the barrel top. Mine was burlap with wire edges and a Christmas design on it.

With a couple squares of plywood and a 4x4 scrap nailed together I got 12 inches extra height to the tree but could've made it taller.

The metal base that came with the tree was easy to screw into the plywood.

Then dropped the extended tree into the barrel.

And slid the plywood circle on top of the barrel up against the tree trunk.

I put the burlap over the barrel and after arranging it I tied the ribbon around the top of the barrel.

Add the lights and ornaments...

It's 5-1/2 foot tall now which is a better height. The barrel and burlap really add to the look!


Kitty Boo  doesn't climb up this skinny tree  but does like to sit on the barrel, lol.


This is the 4th year we've had this tree and I do change the lights and ornaments now and then. Last year I put a sheet over it completely decorated and stored it in the basement so this year all I had to do was bring it up and plug it in. Talk about easy, wow!

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  • Bonita Bonita on Nov 20, 2018

    I'm just curious as to why you didn't just turn the barrel upside down and put the tree on top of it. All the work you did to make it taller went down inside the barrel. You say you could have went a little taller and if you would have turned the barrel over n put the tree on the "bottom" which is now the top you would have your extra height. Seems like a lot of extra work. If it were me I would have just turned the barrel over. Just wondering why you just didn't do that.

    • Kate Kate on Nov 20, 2018

      I think what was meant that if they wanted it taller, it could have gone taller. At the end, it is said that 5-1/2' is the height desired. If anyone wanted to make it taller, the inside section can be adjusted.

    • DeannaC DeannaC on Nov 20, 2018

      I’m guessing if you just set it on the top that it would get top heavy and tip over.

    • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Nov 20, 2018

      Good question- it would've made it rather top heavy, also a bit taller then I wanted, and the bottom was not flat (indention) and I wanted to be able to remove the tree easily for other uses now and then.

    • N. G. Londonderry N. G. Londonderry on Nov 20, 2018

      The tree is much more stable the way she did it!

    • Terri Terri on Nov 20, 2018

      Then Kitty Boo wouldn't have that great spot to sit on, Kitty may knock the tree over! 🐺🌲

    • Jeanne Standerford Jeanne Standerford on Nov 20, 2018

      thje tree was more staple placed in the barrel

    • Hum3481597 Hum3481597 on Nov 20, 2018

      that is what I would have done,,,and screwwd the metal tree base in the bottom of the upside barrel,,,easy that is what I am,doing ;-)


    • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Nov 25, 2018

      The barrel shape would have changed if turned upside down. Plus, the way they did it the barrel can be used for other decor too!

  • Carmel Madden Carmel Madden on Dec 07, 2018

    Where did u get the skinny branch

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