Are you familiar with this scene?
So much so that there has even been a book written about it…
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 was 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.
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.
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. *I eventually found a way to make my own basket tree skirt here.
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.
When I got home, I began transforming it into something more interior-worthy, a metal christmas tree skirt. I covered it with fabric and now I have the perfect decorative cover for the stand. Hides it and keeps pets away.
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.
How To Make a Metal Christmas Tree Stand Cover
- 1 roll of 10” x 10’ alum valley metal flashing
- Electrical or duct tape
- Spray glue
- 2 binder clips
- Paper towel
- Work gloves
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.)
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.)
To learn how I made a Christmas tree stand cover using a basket, check out my tutorial – DIY: Basket Christmas Tree Skirt
The tree is not fully decorated yet but my daughter just finished putting on the lights. I plan to finish it over the weekend.