Now that Halloween is over and today is November 1st, I give myself permission to get into a holiday frame of mind. I am going to start planning how I am going to decorate this year all the way down to what tree skirt or collar I will use around the base of the Christmas tree this year.
As children we learned early on the importance that a Christmas tree skirt could make when decorating a Christmas tree.
I know you remember watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas or reading the book when you were a little kid?
The magic of the story happened when Linus wrapped his loving blanket around the sad and scrawny tree that Charlie Brown picked out and got a hard time about from all the kids.
Linus, my favorite character in the story had a good eye to see what the tree needed… his blue blanket. Something colorful and warm at the base of the tree gave it what it needed…some love. It also made the little tree come to life and look like the best Christmas tree ever. :-)
This story made a huge impression on me as I was growing up and ever since I have always taken note of what is around the base of all the Christmas trees I see when out and about.
I think a tree skirt or collar is just as important as the tree itself and worth the effort to find just the right tree skirt or nowadays, a tree collar to make my Christmas tree look it’s best every Christmas.
When I was a kid, my parents always placed a white snow-like cotton blanket around the tree that had teeny silver specs on it.
When I was a teenager, my mom changed it up and bought yardage of green felt and wrapped it lovingly around the tree stand, just like Linus did. She used that green felt for years. When it became old and worn, she bought new green felt to replace it.
When Ed and I first got married, I did the same as my mom. I used red felt one year, green felt the next and I even used dark purple velvet around a few trees.
In the photo above, I wrapped black and white polka dot fabric yardage around the tree stand. I didn’t even sew the raw cut edges, I just folded them under.
- I decorated this tree for a tree decorating challenge with Michaels craft store when I first started blogging.
Back in 2013 (I can’t believe it has been that long) I found a huge basket for $6 at my local thrift store and made a tree basket style collar using it. I have been using it every year since then. Last year I was getting a little tired of it and gave it a sprinkling of glitter to give it a slightly new look. :-)
This year, I am not using the basket. I am doing something totally different and am looking forward to posting about it. The reason why I am not using it has quite a fun story behind it that I will be sharing with you in the coming weeks.
Over the last 10 years I have shown you many of my tree stand skirts, covers and collars.
My favorite tree stand cover was made using frames, favorite Christmas photos of my daughters on Christmas morning opening their gifts, and mirrors to catch the twinkling lights of the tree.
When my older daughter bought her first home a few years ago she asked me if she could have it. I gave it to her since she loved it, but told her she would have to share with her sister every other Christmas.
The tree stand cover is very easy to make, no power tools needed. You can find the post I wrote about it here:
I know a lot of readers don’t have time to DIY a tree skirt or collar, so I rounded up a few that I liked. They range in price from $14.99 for a colorful tree skirt to the wood box style cover that is a bit more expensive.
Christmas Tree Collars
Christmas Tree Skirts
One Christmas, I had to find something to keep Trax, the cat from drinking water from the tree stand and then toppling the tree.
I ended up making this fabric covered metal tree stand cover that I wrapped tightly around the stand. and secured with binder clips. I made it high enough so Trax could not get to the water. It worked beautifully.
If you have a cat who likes to do the same thing or like the modern clean lines of this tree stand cover, you can read more about how I made it:
I think every Christmas tree no matter what its size needs something decorative or pretty around it’s base. Last year for 3 small tabletop trees, I made tree collars out of tuna cans. You can read more about how to make them in this post:
Have you started planning how you are going to decorate your home for the holidays this year? What style tree and color stand cover do you like to use? Are you tired of the tried and true? Head over to my Christmas decorating ideas and inspiration gallery.