Metal Christmas Tree Skirt

Are you familiar with this scene?

Chritmas Disasters

So much so that there has even been a book written about it…

The Cat That Climbed The Christmas Tree  Book

In our house, we live to tell the tale, but the perpetrator in our house is named Trax, not Benny, like the cat in the book.  Before Trax there were Hobie and Mittens – all kitties who love playing in the Christmas tree.

We have seen more than one tree go crashing to the floor, until recently when I bought a wide sturdy new tree stand.

The best Christmas-Tree-stand

No more crashing trees, but it is not a tree skirt friendly stand.

I would love to put my tree in an urn like this one, but I would have to wire the tree to the wall.  I am sure Trax would end up hanging himself on the wire.

Christmas Tree in Urn

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I dearly would like a basket like one of these, but the the Pottery Barn one would be too high, and both too cost prohibitive.

Christmas-Tree-Baskets

1. Pottery Barn  2.  Shop Terrain

I needed to find a way to hide the new wide stand while keeping Trax and his other four legged siblings  – Kindii, and Schnitzel from thinking that the water in the stand is the holiday watering hole.

I went to Home Depot and went down an aisle I never do  – Roofing and Siding. I found this small roll of metal sheet flashing called: 10” x 10’ Alum Valley for $8.

10 x 10 alum valley

When I got home, I began transforming it into something more interior-worthy.  I covered it with fabric and now I have the perfect decorative cover for the stand. Hides it and keeps pets away.

 

Christmas-Tree-skirt ideas

I chose to cover it with a textured neutral fabric that resembled the baskets as I want the tree to be the focus, not the stand, but imagine the possibilities – it is all up to you and your style and color scheme.

Fabrics

How To Make a Metal Christmas Tree Stand Cover

Supplies Needed:

1 roll of 10” x 10’ alum valley metal flashing
Scissors
Electrical or duct tape
Fabric
Spray glue
2 binder clips
Paper towel
Work gloves
 

Christmas-Tree-Skirt-Tutorial

1. Carefully unroll flashing. Wear a pair of work gloves as the edges can be sharp.  Measure around your tree stand to determine how long you will need your cover to be.  Add about 3-inches extra for overlap.

2.  Cut with scissors. It is thin and was very easy to cut.  There is a slightly oily residue on the metal, wipe it off with a paper towel.

3. Wrap electrical or duct tape along the edges to cover sharp edges. (This is only done to remove the sharp edge.)

DIY-Metal-Christmas-Tree-Skirt Tutorial

4. Cut your fabric to size, adding at least 2 inches all around.  Lay fabric right side down and spray with spray glue. Spray one side of flashing with glue. Let both get tacky and then attach the two.  Use your hands to smooth out any wrinkles to the outer edges.

5. Flip over to wrap the excess fabric to the back. Use spray glue along the edge of the flashing and back of fabric to adhere.  Cut corners as shown

6. Wrap corners as shown using spray glue as needed to adhere.

Roll the fabric covered flashing into a circle and use two binder clips where the ends meet, allowing for a little overlap.  This is the back of the cover.  It can be placed on before or after the tree is in the stand.  If doing it after, the bottom clip will be a bit tricky to get on, but it is doable.  (That’s the way I did it.)

Christmas Tree Skirt Ideas

The tree is not fully decorated yet but my daughter just finished putting on the lights. I plan to finish it over the weekend.

Christmas-Tree-Stand-Skirt Ideas to make

 

 

 



Comments

  1. Maria says

    Ok, this is why I keep coming back, because you are a clever creative that I can always learn from and be inspired by!

  2. says

    I remember the sounds in the middle of the night of a crashing Christmas tree or ornaments. LOL My cat loved to climb and play.
    We have that same manly tree stand but I just pull my skirt up to the top of the stand and wrap it around. But I like your idea too. I had to email my husband and tell him about the tree in the ern. Or tree is a little short this year and that ern would give it some height. I told him it was awfully small but he wouldn’t believe me. LOL. It’s pretty just small.

  3. Lisa says

    I just found your blog from a link…to a link…etc. I just have to say I LOVE this idea. It is brilliant. Will be doing this next year for sure!

  4. Suzi Krizan says

    You are infringing on my patent rights..please see Tree trunk cover
    Patent number: D670597
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Issued: November 13, 2012

  5. Debbie says

    She isn’t infringing on your rights, her pattern does not replicate yours. Yours consists of a wire, a cut out slot and a spring, none of which are included in her idea. Your patent includes heights of 12″ to 18″ inches, hers is only 10″. Your PATTERN has not been compromised. Unless of course your wire, spring or slot are really cryptic terms for binder clips.

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