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Handy Tips and Hacks for Christmas Trees

Use these tips to make your holiday festivities easier

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Christmas Tree Basics

You found it. After standing up and spinning around dozens of trees, you finally found the perfect Christmas tree. Now that you’ve got it home and unloaded it from the roof of the car, there are a few important things to do that will help get it in the house and make it easier to care for throughout the month.

First, measure the height of the tree before you bring it into the house. That helps ensure that it fits until the ceiling with enough room for decorations. If it’s too tall, you can shorten the trunk outside or in the garage where you don’t have to worry about a pile of sawdust all over the rug. Even if you don’t need to shorten it, it’s a good idea to cut an inch or so off the bottom of the trunk, or have that done where you buy it. Fresh wood will absorb more water, helping keep the tree fresher longer.

Next, test fit your Christmas tree with the stand. You may need a bigger stand if the tree trunk is too big. Or, you can whittle it down to fit with these whittling tips. Now’s the time to trim the lower branches too. That way there’s plenty of room between the floor and the lower reaches of the tree. Remember to use a lopper to trim branches.

Leave the net on it until you’ve got in the stand and set up in the house.

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Tighten Bolts the Easy Way

Tightening the bolts on most stands is a pain, literally, and it takes forever. To save time and your hands, get a little help from your electric drill. Start by using a hacksaw to cut off the little ‘L’ at the end of the tree stand bolts. Chuck the ends of the bolts into your drill and tighten them. You’ll have your tree locked down in minutes. If one of the bolts breaks or gets stuck, don’t stress it; you can fix them easily.

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Secure the Tree

If you’re concerned about your Christmas tree standing firmly on your carpet, put the stand on a piece of 1/4-in. hardboard. You can get 4 x 8-ft. sheets, or smaller, at any home center. If you really want to lock it down, use 1/4-in. pan head machine screws to mount the tree stand to the wood. If you have wood or tile floors, just put some duct tape over the screwheads so they don’t scratch the floor.

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Knee-Saving Watering Technique

You have to keep the tree watered, so it doesn’t dry out and leave brown needles all over the floor and to keep the tree from becoming a fire hazard. But squeezing under a tree with a watering can is a little difficult, so to make watering it easier, hang a funnel with a plastic tube attached to the end of it from a tree branch. Then, run the tube along the trunk and into the water reservoir. Have someone keep an eye on the water reservoir to prevent overfilling.

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No-Spill Christmas Tree

Water leaking from the reservoir at the bottom of the tree stand can cause serious damage to your floors. One easy way to prevent that is by using a plastic snow saucer, the kind with the flat area in the center, underneath the tree stand. If you have wood floors, use a carpet remnant or an extra bath mat to put under the saucer to prevent scratches. If you’re really worried about leaks, you can also use technology to detect water leaks.

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Buy a Tree Bag When You Get Your Tree

Slip a tree disposal bag over the base of the tree before putting it in the stand. Don’t forge to tear a slit for the trunk so the tree can get water. The bag is hidden under the tree skirt until you’re ready to haul the tree out the door—without leaving a trail of needles through the house. Just remove the ornaments from the tree, pull the bag up and you’re on your way.

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Fire Safety

Keep your Christmas tree fire-safe by keeping it watered. Buy it fresh, pull light plugs overnight, and keep it well away from candles and fireplaces. Click for more fire prevention tips.

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Hook for Tall Trees

Putting up and taking down holiday lights in a tall outdoor tree can be tricky. The easiest method we've found is to use a paint roller extension pole with a hook on the end. You can use a wire coat hanger or other heavy-gauge wire. Just embed it in the pole threads, bend the wire up into a hook and secure it with duct tape to keep the hook from sliding around the pole.

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Soft Artificial Tree Binding

When dismantling our artificial Christmas tree, we always used the ribbons it was originally packed with to tie up the boughs of each section. Last year, the ribbons finally wore out and we couldn't find a strong enough replacement. Instead, we came up with a terrific substitute—self-adhesive 'bandage' wrap. The wrap is strong and reusable, it won't damage the tree and it's not very expensive.

Check out some tips on how to keep cats out of your Christmas tree and more Christmas tree care.

Originally Published: December 13, 2019

Ryan Van Bibber

Ryan Van Bibber is a deputy editor at Family Handyman. He's been DIY'ing since he was a kid. A resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is especially proud of his aptitude with a swamp cooler, repairing stucco and engineering makeshift shade. As a career journalist, Ryan covered the NFL for more than a decade, worked as a senior editor at Outside as well as writing and editing buying guides and product reviews for several national publications. When he’s not working, you can find him on the trails with his family and two very good dogs.

20 Best DIY Christmas Tree Stand Ideas 2021


You probably have a generic Christmas tree stand hidden in a closet or attic somewhere, but before you bust it out, consider making a DIY version instead. No, we don't mean DIY-ing some cardboard rig that's going to be hidden under a skirt in the end; we mean DIY-ing a super unique base for your tree that looks so good, it stands on its own! Whether you want it to blend in with your current aesthetic–rustic, modern, traditional, Christmaximalist–or completely stand out, you can tailor the design of your DIY tree base to your liking. We've rounded up our favorite DIY stands, from some that require moderate woodworking skills (call your favorite friend-with-a-saw) to incredibly easy-to-assemble ones that are more like instant bases than true DIYs. You're sure to find one you love–or major inspo, at the very least–on this list.


Find a Vintage Piano Stool

adams and elm home

For a highly unique stand, take apart a vintage piano stool. Use the base as a sturdy holder for a skinny faux tree.

See more at Adams and Elm Home.


Create a Faux Antique Box

funky junk interiors

Love the idea of an antique look? DIY a faux antique box using spray paint and stencils (or, you know, run out to the local antique mall and see if you can find one you love). The upside of making one yourself is that you'll get to customize it to work with your interiors.

Get the tutorial from Funky Junk Interiors.


Use Photo Frames

in my own style

Hide a basic tree stand behind a few photo frames wrapped in a festive fabric, and you'll have an incredibly easy DIY display in no time. Bonus points if you match the fabric to your gift wrapping.

Get the tutorial at In My Own Style.


Fashion a Decorative Box

the maker's map

After a quick trip to Dollar Tree, you'll have everything you need to make this Christmas tree stand box. Surround it with other festive accents, like a little snowman vase and cake stand with faux greenery and berries.

Get the tutorial from The Maker's Map.


Try Wooden Pillars

shanty 2 chic

This wooden pillar-like stand is perfect for displaying a mini Christmas tree or two outside of your front door. Plus, you can use it all year long.

Get the tutorial at Shanty 2 Chic.


Wrap It

Sarah Ligorria Tramp

To make a plastic Christmas tree stand look a little more polished, simply wrap it with a linen tablecloth or towel. Designer Emily Henderson used a burgundy striped one that feels both casual and refined for this tree stand.


Make It Metal

Adrienne Elizabeth Home Style Life

Turn a galvanized steel tub into a chic, shiny tree stand. Pair it with a tree that's covered in fake snow, silver ornaments, and glittering tinsel.

Get the tutorial at Adrienne Elizabeth Home Style Life.


Wrap a Tire

Ella Claire & Co.

Repurpose an old tire by wrapping it in twine or rope to give it a rustic look. Slip the tree stand inside the tire once you're finished.

Get the tutorial at Ella Claire & Co.


Repurpose a Lamp Shade

Refunk My Junk

Use an old lampshade to cover up a boring tree stand. Try one with a checkered pattern, like this one by Refunk My Junk, or match the design to the ornaments and other decor you plan on adorning your tree with.


Create a Present

Dream a Little Bigger

It's only fitting that your Christmas tree stand blends in with the presents underneath the tree, and what better way to accomplish that than by making it look like an actual present?

Get the tutorial from Dream a Little Bigger.


Warm It Up

Bower Power Blog

Cover the base of your tree with a runner rug to give it extreme cozy vibes. Bonus: It doesn't take much effort or time!

Get the tutorial at Bower Power Blog.


Use a Basket

Courtesy of Lia Griffith

Place a tiny tree in a rope-wrapped basket with colorful tassels for a vibrant touch. Move the basket onto a small table for additional height, and then start decorating the tree.

Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.


Pop It Into a Crate

Courtesy of Dreamy Whites

A French-style basket or crate filled with colored ornaments is the country-inspired Christmas stand you need. Plus, you don't have to go through all of the effort of putting the ornaments on the tree.

See more at Dreamy Whites.


Incorporate a Gold Wire Basket

Courtesy of The Merry Thought

Finally—a tree stand that won't kill your modern decor vibes! This DIY requires very little effort. All you need is a wire basket and batting to stuff it with.

Get the tutorial at The Merry Thought.


Use an Upside Down Wicker Basket

Courtesy of Live Laugh Rowe

Ditch a tree skirt for a basket collar this year. It'll truly bring out all of the tree's natural vibes. Add burlap ribbon and papier-mâché ornaments to complement the look.

See more at Live Laugh Rowe.


Make a Festive Planter

Courtesy of Bower Power

A tree is a plant, right? Put together a large wooden planter and paint it a traditional red, then set the tree inisde. Once you add a few red ornaments, you'll be good to go.

Get the tutorial at Bower Power.


Use a Sled

Courtesy of Junkaholique

Turn your living room into a winter wonderland with this sled tree stand. All you really have to do is place a small tree on top of a small sled. Add a sheepskin rug underneath for extra flair.

Get the tutorial at Junkaholique.


Get a Wood Barrel

Courtesy of Bless'er House

Contain all the inevitable under-the-tree mess inside a giant wooden barrel. This DIY is perfect for any rustic home. You can even use it as decor throughout the entire year.

See more at Bless'er House.


Give it a Rustic Look

Courtesy of The Golden Sycamore

If you've got woodworking skills, you need to make this simple DIY stand by The Golden Sycamore. Once you're done, stuff it with a blanket or any other cozy material to warm up the look.


Make It Mobile

Courtesy of Sand and Sisal

A Christmas tree on wheels means you can move it wherever you need to around your house. It's ideal for photo ops!

See more at Sand and Sisal.

Sienna Livermore Senior Editor Sienna is a senior editor at Hearst.

Kelly Allen Associate Editor Kelly Allen is the current Associate Editor at House Beautiful, where she covers design, pop culture, and travel for digital and the print magazine.

Christmas tree stand overview - Articles

When we buy a Christmas tree for the new year, then, of course, we want it to be:

  • fixed firmly and securely

  • stay as long as possible

  • was beautiful from the bottom to the top

Previously, a wooden cross or a bucket of water was often used for this purpose. We believe that these methods should irrevocably become a thing of the past as outdated, cumbersome and inconvenient.

In addition, they do not meet our requirements: Christmas trees in a bucket of water cannot be securely fastened, and the cross does not allow adding the necessary amount of water to make the Christmas tree stand longer. There is no need to talk about beauty.

See also: How to decorate a Christmas tree.

Of course, you can always use a Christmas tree rug, or the so-called skirt, to cover the base, but now there are many beautiful and convenient coasters that allow you to securely fix the tree, have a large enough water tank and look very nice and tidy on their own. . So, every Christmas tree needs a real stand, so what are Christmas tree stands?

Types of Christmas tree stands

These are the simplest options for a Christmas tree stand. They are made of high quality plastic, have a water tank and differ in the maximum height of the tree that can be installed.

Stands have a stable design that will not allow the Christmas tree to roll over. It can be a truncated cone shape with a wide base, or a container reinforced with three or four supports. Trees are securely fixed in them with metal pins.

Visitors to our store most often choose just such coasters. They are simple, light, inexpensive, easy to store, and they are suitable for most Christmas trees up to 2.5 meters high, and it is precisely such Christmas trees that residents of most Moscow apartments buy for the New Year.

Of the pluses can be noted:

Prices for plastic Christmas tree stands - from 1,000 to 2,000 rubles. In our store you can buy a Christmas tree stand of this type in the form of Russian-made products Vulkan1, Vulkan2, Era, Cosmos.

Christmas tree stand Volcano-2

Metal tree stands

Metal coasters are extremely stable due to their high weight and wide diameter. They are suitable for trees of great height, however, they will have to provide a separate container with water, which is installed at the bottom of the trunk. However, pouring water is just as convenient as it is in plastic coasters with an existing reservoir. You can't do without such a Christmas tree stand if you plan to install a tree more than 2.5 meters, for example, in a large hall at an official event or in a country house.


  • attractive, "solid" appearance

  • you can install trees up to 10 m

  • wide diameter, very stable

  • suitable for trees from 3 to 12 m

The price of high-height Christmas tree stands ranges from 1,100 to 4,250 rubles, depending on the maximum height of the tree. In our store you can buy a Christmas tree stand of this type Rudder and Figured, which also differ in the maximum height of the Christmas tree that will need to be installed.

Christmas tree stand Shaped

Mechanical self-locking Christmas tree stands

These stands will cost a little more. They are made of high quality plastic and equipped with a manual mechanism that allows you to fasten the Christmas tree quickly and very easily. In addition, they have a water tank. It would seem that solid pluses. However, only trees up to 2.2 m can withstand such coasters. Although, on the other hand, most often this is the height that is needed for an ordinary Moscow apartment.


In our store you can buy a self-clamping Christmas tree stand.

Clamping tree stand

easy fix tree mounting systems

Or a light mount, which speaks for itself. Indeed, mounting a Christmas tree with this Christmas tree stand is incredibly easy. If you are a happy owner of this novelty of recent years, just tell the sellers about it when buying a Christmas tree for the New Year at the Christmas tree bazaar. A hole is made in the tree trunk using a special device, after which the Christmas tree at home is simply “wound” with this hole onto a metal pin. Some Christmas trees, such as Canada Pine, often have a slightly twisted trunk. We must say that this feature does not spoil the Canadian pine at all, since it often has such dense needles that the trunk behind it is completely invisible. But even such trees are installed perfectly evenly in the Easy Fix stand, since the hole itself inside the trunk is made strictly vertically. If you want the Christmas tree to be perfectly level, if the appearance of the Christmas tree to the smallest detail is of no small importance to you, if you are buying a premium class Christmas tree, for example: Danish Christmas tree, Fraser fir, Canadian pine or Lasiocarp fir, then we advise Take a close look at this handy and functional tree stand.


  • Very easy installation

  • Perfectly leveled tree

  • Beautiful and concise design

  • Simplicity, lightness, no unnecessary details

  • water tank

  • Suitable for trees up to 2. 5 m.

In our store you can buy a Christmas tree stand Easy Fix Classic and Easy Fix Junior Light.

Christmas tree stand easy fix junior light

And now, a little about prices

The price of Christmas tree stands in Moscow ranges from 900 to 5,000 rubles and may approach the price of the Christmas tree itself. But I must say that you can buy a coaster only once, and the next year you can just get it out of the closet along with toys. A good quality Christmas tree stand will last for many years, and you will only want to change it for a more modern, stylish and technological option. On holidays, everything should be thought out to the smallest detail so that people can have a good rest. Agree, it is very nice to know that your Christmas tree is securely and firmly fixed, and it is a pleasure to take care of it - you just need to occasionally pour water into the water tank of a beautiful and reliable Christmas tree stand.

See also: "How to keep the Christmas tree fresh after purchase."

DIY installation of a live tree

Installing Christmas trees in a stand.

If your choice is stopped on a cut live Christmas tree, then you will definitely need to install it in a special stand or use the "old-fashioned" methods (a bucket of sand, etc.). A reliable, modern Christmas tree stand is much more convenient and reliable.

If you don't have a stand, choose one from our online store.

In the assortment of our online store, Christmas tree stands are presented in several options - you can choose the one that suits you in color, size and type of attachment. Employees of the Yolki.Ru online store will advise which stand is suitable for your Christmas tree, and also offer professional installation services.

How to install a Christmas tree yourself?

If the height of the fluffy beauty does not exceed 2 meters, then you can install the Christmas tree alone. The installation of a tall three-meter Danish or Russian Christmas tree requires the coordinated work of at least two physically strong men: the weight of a spruce tree of such a height can reach 30 kg. What can we say about taller trees!

Therefore, it is very important to firmly fix the live Christmas tree in a reliable stand. The best option is a stand with mounts that allow you to fix the tree trunk from three or four sides. The bottom of modern Christmas tree stands is additionally equipped with a fixing pin, which increases the strength of the Christmas tree attachment and the stability of the entire structure.

If you have ever bought live Christmas trees at street Christmas markets, then you probably remember how you were recommended to hold a Christmas tree on a balcony or landing. It is impossible to bring a live Christmas tree into a warm room right away, because due to a sharp temperature drop, the needles of a live Christmas tree can quickly crumble.

The advantage of our company is that live Christmas trees are not stored in an open Christmas market, but in a warehouse with a constant temperature of at least -5°C. We deliver Christmas trees in closed vans, thus eliminating temperature fluctuations during the transportation of the Christmas tree.

So the living Christmas tree was delivered in the best possible way. You can start installation.

Remove the live Christmas tree from its packaging and tap it on the floor to loosen the dried needles. Don't be afraid of the amount! Christmas trees in the process of growth constantly renew their needles, so every year the spruce sheds a fairly large number of them. During transportation, the tree is in the net, so the needles ready for dumping simply remain inside and spill out when the tree is unpacked.

It is better to put a live Christmas tree away from the battery. Before installation, you need to saw off the lower part of the trunk of a live Christmas tree (about 2-3 cm). You can also remove the bark from the lower 5-10 cm of the trunk.

The base can be filled with sand or water. You can make a special solution: put a teaspoon of sugar and one aspirin in water, or add a special remedy, which can also be purchased from us. Water should be added to the stand periodically, as the plant drinks; sand must be constantly wet.

Planting a Christmas tree in a pot

Christmas trees in pots do not require a stand, as they come to the client in a technological pot with earth, which already holds the Christmas tree in an upright position. However, the native pot of the New Year's beauty has a number of disadvantages.

Since the live potted trees sold in our store are grown in pots and not transplanted into them, the container in which they arrive at your home will have a rather unpresentable appearance - in fact, it is a black, plastic technological pot with holes in the bottom for watering. In addition, the powerful root system of conifers often breaks through the walls of their house, creating holes and deforming the shape of the tub.

In order for the Christmas tree in a pot to decorate your New Year's holidays, you will need to put it in an additional planter of a suitable size and shape.

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