Do you have pets that get into your Christmas tree and make a mess? Or is your style of Christmas decorating modern and minimal? If you answered yes, I have the answer. This easy to make DIY modern and minimalist Christmas tree collar will fix both these needs.
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 holiday tree go crashing to the floor, until recently when I bought a wide sturdy new tree stand.
No more crashing trees, but the only problem was I wanted a modern look for my holiday decor and modern Christmas tree skirts would not cover the tall stand.
I needed to find a way to hide the new wide stand while keeping my pets from thinking that the water in the stand is the holiday watering hole.
DIY Modern Christmas Tree Collar
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.
I used it to make the best Christmas tree skirt for my needs – making a metal tree collar instead. It was not hard to transform the flashing into a metal Christmas tree collar.
I covered it with fabric and now I have the perfect decorative cover that not only hides the stand in minimal style.
I chose to cover the metal cover with a textured neutral fabric as I want the tree to be the focus, not the unsightly tree stand, but imagine the possibilities – it is all up to you and your decorating style and holiday color scheme.
How To Make a Modern and Minimalist Christmas Tree Stand Collar
When you can’t find modern tree skirts you like, making this type of tree collar is fairly easy. No power tools are needed.
supplies & products needed:
- 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. It’s height should be just short of the tree’s bottom branches.
2. Cut the flashing 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 the back of the 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.)
When the holidays are over, you can simply roll the fabric covered metal and clip with the binder clips for easy storage.
Two More DIY Christmas Tree Collars To Consider Making
If you are not a fan of contemporary decor, here are two more tree-collar style options that will have your Christmas tree decor coordinating with your home’s decorating style you may like either of these two tree collar ideas.
To learn how I made a Christmas tree stand cover using a big basket that can cover larger tree stands, check out my tutorial: DIY: Basket Christmas Tree Skirt
How about a photo frame Christmas tree stand cover that you can personalize with family photos and a very unique look: Family All Around Christmas Tree Stand Cover
And once you’ve figured out your tree skirt solution, don’t miss my DIY Christmas decor project gallery for more ideas.