When I was decorating the Christmas tree in my dining room for last week’s post, I didn’t get a chance to finish the tree stand cover. I used fabric as the skirt as a stand-in until I got the one I planned completed. Simply draping fabric around a tree stand is the easiest way to cover a tree stand, but so is this Photo Frame & Mirror Christmas Tree Stand Cover that I made.
It looks hard to make, but if you can put a photo in a frame and use a staple gun – you can have this Christmas tree cover completed in no time.
I bought 3 unpainted, wood-framed mirrors at Michaels and gathered up unused frames I had stashed in my basement to make this wraparound cover.
I painted the frames with dots and chevrons, created a few chalkboards with chalkboard paint and included some of my fave Christmas morning photos of when my daughters were little.
What makes the cover truly magical is that the mirrors catch and double the light as well as the amount of presents under the tree.
I had a hard time deciding if I should use all chalkboards, all photos, or mirror frames to make my cover. After some thought, I opted to make it unique and use a few of each. I like mix of gold, black, white, and turquoise.
There is no right or wrong choice as to what frames you use to assemble your frame cover. You can create many different looks and styles by the the frames you choose:
- For a total glam look: Spray paint the wood-framed mirrors gold.
- For a vintage look: Use old black and white family photos of past Christmases in frames.
- Family Fun: Put a photo of each family member in each frame with their name written on the frame.
- Assortment of frames
- Wood framed mirrors from Michaels
- Wood frames
- Corrugated cardboard
- Staple gun & 5/16″ staples
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Paint and paint brush
1. Measure around the tree stand. Figure out how many frames/mirrors you will need to go around the base. I needed 8.
2. Paint the frames. I found the wood-framed mirrors at Michaels in the wood aisle. I wanted the gold frames to look like chalkboards, so I painted black chalkboard paint right over the glass. I used 2 coats to get complete coverage. For the mirror frames, I painted one with dots, the second with a chevron pattern, and one all gold.
You can find a chevron pattern to copy in this post. The easiest way to paint even-sized dots is to use round sticker labels and then trace them. Paint or fill them in with chalk.
3. Depending on the fullness of your tree – you may see the back of the frames that wrap around the tree. I painted the back of the frames black. This makes them disappear.
4. Download the .pdfs or write festive greetings on the chalkboards with chalk or make it permanent by using with white DIY chalk paint in place of chalk.
How to Make Cardboard Hinges to Attach the Frames
Since the cover will be stationary – heavy duty hinges are not required. I saved time and money by making hinges out of corrugated cardboard from packaging. Look inside cosmetic boxes, china, and other boxes that fragile items come in. You can also buy it in the scrapbook paper aisle at the crafts store.
1. Cut the cardboard by placing the corrugated side down on the cutter. My hinges were 1” x 3”. If you don’t have a paper cutter, use scissors.
2. Lay the frames face down on a work surface. Line up the bottoms of each frame if they are different heights. Staple the cardboard – corrugated side up to the frames as shown.
Try to get at least one staple close to the edge of each frame. Repeat the process to hinge all the frames together.
You may have to work on the floor if you do not have a long work surface. If your frames are the same thickness, then you will be able to fold them back on each other to carry and store the cover. If you have a thick frame attached next to a thin frame, you may not be able to fold them on each other for storing. I plan to just remove the staples in the hinges on the thick frames and re-staple when I use the cover again next year.