Why My Christmas Tree is Wrapped in Plastic

Amanda C, Hometalk Team
by Amanda C, Hometalk Team
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30 Minutes

Did you know you can store your tree away fully dressed? That's right! You can wrap your Christmas tree in industrial plastic wrap, ornaments and all, and tuck it away in storage until the next holiday season. Here's how:

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How to plastic wrap a Christmas tree

Plastic Stretch Wrap (Industrial Strength)


20'x1000' Plastic Stretch Wrap (Industrial Strength)

Securing the end of the plastic wrap

1. Start at the bottom

Start at the bottom of your tree and secure the end of the plastic wrap to a small piece of the tree.

Wrapping the bottom portion

2. Wrap the bottom portion

Take your plastic wrap and wrap it around the bottom portion of the tree being sure to cup some underneath the branches. You can even twist some around the "trunk" first and then work your way up.

Wrapping up the Christmas tree

3. Wrap it 3 times

To ensure everything is secure and also that your branches are being tucked in a bit for saving space wrap the bottom portion at least 3x with the wrap.

How to use plastic wrap for Christmas trees

4. Wrap the middle

Work your way up to the middle portion of the tree and wrap it in the same manner as you did at the bottom of the tree. Be sure to wrap it in several layers as you go.

The tree I was working with was super flimsy, so I had to be sure to hold the center tightly as I was wrapping.

It was quick to see that this would have been a better job for 2, but alas it was just me and I did manage. However, if you have a pal around, ask them to help as it will speed up the process.

Shockingly only 2 ornaments fell, but with that in mind, I would say that if you have any super fragile ornaments, you should at least remove them before completing this task.

How to plastic wrap a Christmas tree

5. Work your way to the top

Once the middle section is completed, just work your way to the top portion of the tree and wrap it again in several layers. Once all the branches are covered cut the plastic away from the roll and stick the end in place.

Cutting off the plastic wrap

How to remove the plastic wrap

Now I tried this out just to make sure everything worked and it did! Next year when you take your tree out all you have to do is cut the plastic away and your tree will be fully decorated and ready to go!

Christmas tree before storage

Here is a before shot of their lovely little tree.

Christmas tree wrapped in plastic

Christmas tree wrapped in plastic

Here is what it looks like all mummified and ready for storage. Honestly, when I cut away the plastic to test the actual ability of this method the tree looked just the same as the picture above. Again, it would be a better task for 2, but it still stood the test.

I hope you enjoyed this awesome plastic-wrapped Christmas tree DIY project. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Christmas decor storage ideas

For more storage hacks for Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, garlands, lights, and other festive items, see Hometalk's guide on how to store Christmas decorations.

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  • Diane Jamieson Diane Jamieson on Jan 01, 2020
    Could also be done with fabric- more environmentally friendly.

  • Theresa Theresa on Jan 01, 2020

    Where did you find the industrial plastic?

  • Sue Sue on Jan 02, 2021

    Where would you store something so large and fragile?

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  • Nhill5 Nhill5 on Jan 02, 2021

    I use a plastic Christmas tree bag designed for removal for a live tree. It works wonderfully and have been using same bag for 10 years. My tree is about 4.5' and I store it in my Guest Room closet. For easier transport to closet, I use a lid box large enough to stand tree in, as the edges are not too high to interfere with the bottom of tree. I then punched a hole in one edge side to place a long rope handle to drag to and from the closet. (Be sure handle side in facing out before storing for easy removal). Occasionally I need to replace a decoration or two that has fallen off. Once in place, some branches may need adjusted. I couldn't live without it. Such a tremendous time savor!

  • Robin Robin on Jan 02, 2021

    This is really wasteful! I would feel so guilty using all that plastic just to store Christmas tree!