In our home filled with furbabies, pet hair is a constant. And having a feline with a fondness for curling up under the tree, I was never able to keep our tree skirts fur free.
Once we had gifts under the tree, removing the skirt to clean it, run a lint roller over it, or straighten it became quite a chore. And seriously, how do you launder most store bought tree skirts without damaging them? Some even state that dry cleaning and laundering are not recommended - spot clean only.
My quest to find low maintenance options was on and that's when I decided to just "contain" our trees.
Containers are not only basically maintenance free, they are super easy to clean around - just vacuum or mop around the container - no fabric to get caught in your vacuum's rollers and no wet fabric from mopping too close to the skirt.
An added fun element is that practically any container can be used - just use your imagination!
The tree in our living room is contained in a large galvanized bucket. You can buy a brand new, shiny galvanized bucket at home decor stores, but the most cost effective source is a feed store or tractor supply store.
Ours came from our storage building and we'd used it for years for mixing concrete for setting fence posts. It's weathered with rust and has holes in the bottom ... there's not a shiny spot on it. Perfect!
To convert it to a Christmas tree container, we simply placed two pieces of 4"x4" square posts in the bottom of the bucket to elevate the tree stand.
If you don't have square posts, use anything you have on hand that is sturdy and provides a flat base on which to place the tree stand - such as bricks, pavers or stacked flat boards. Or, you can place the tree stand directly in the bottom of the bucket if you choose not to elevate it.
(Yes, I labeled them - so we wouldn't accidentally use them for other projects! LOL)
We found that a round tree stand provided the best base and bought it at Home Depot. You can find it HERE.
A few yards of burlap fabric tucked in and around the tree base hides the square posts and the tree base.
Other containers we're using include a square planter and a lampshade that I spray painted gold. Will share those with you soon when I have the trees set up.
If we had heirloom tree skirts or those that had sentimental value, I would probably continue to use them and put up with the fuzzy mess, but as we didn't, these containers are the perfect solution for our home.
Do you skirt or contain your Christmas trees? If you contain them, what type of containers do you use?
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