DIY: Basket Christmas Tree Skirt

Remember this huge basket I found at the thrift store a few months ago?


I had you try to guess what I was going to do with it.

Well – it is finally time to show you.

How to turn a basket into a Christmas Tree skirt


I transformed it into a basket Christmas tree skirt.

I have always wanted a basket skirt, but they can be pricey and it was not a necessity, so I did without.


Until I saw the big basket at the thrift store for a whopping $6.90, I was beyond excited.

I could not use it as is – it needed a few tweaks, but nothing a hack saw, wire cutters, and some stain couldn’t take care of.

How to Transform a Big Basket into a Christmas Tree Skirt

supplies needed:

  • large basket – with or without a handle
  • hack saw
  • wire cutters

Optional:  Rustoleum Weathered Grey stain and a paint brush


1. Use a hack saw to remove the handle.   After handle is removed, remove any small reeds that were used to hold the handle in.  They will slip right out.


2.  My tree stand is wide, so I needed to flip the basket upside down so the wider section of the basket was at the bottom.


3.  To remove the bottom of the basket, look for the area where the smaller weave ends. This is where you want to cut.  Use wire cutters to cut the reeds that connect to the basket’s side.  Make sure you are not cutting the side  horizontal reeds – you only want to cut the vertical reeds.


4.  Carefully remove the bottom.  It will look like this.


5. Use the wire cutters to trim any rough reeds that may be sticking out along the top edge.


6.  You could leave your basket the color it is, but I wanted my basket to look a bit weathered. I used Rustoleum Weathered Gray stain. I applied it with a brush and then quickly wiped it away to expose some of the original color.  Let dry.


7.  Place on floor around tree stand, then place your tree in the stand. I always place plastic under my stand just to make sure no water gets on the floor.  I bring the ends of it up and around the stand.   You don’t see it when it is in the basket.

How to turn a basket into a Christmas Tree skirt

Now I have to get the tree decorated this week.  Will show you that soon.

How to make a basket Christmas Tree Skirt





  1. says

    I love this idea. Now I have got to go out hunting for a basket like that, because I love how it looks as a tree stand.
    Thanks for linking up to my 12 days linky party.

  2. says

    Great work! Wouldn’t have guessed the basket would be used for that haha! I’m going to look into doing this next year cause the tree skirt we have right now just seems to take up so much room but the basket makes it look roomier!

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Chris says

    I love this idea! I even have a willow basket almost exactly like yours that keeps floating around the house. Now it will get a special purpose! Also, I love your decorating and tutorials! You have an incredible talent for decorating!

  4. Melissa says

    What’s the diameter of your tree stand? Just want to make sure I get a big enough basket…


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