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15+ Unique Christmas Tree Containers

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Hello Friends,

Christmas tree containers, collars and skirts don’t have to be boring or difficult. Turns out, we can easily create some awesome coverings with items hanging around the house. This post shares a combo of easy DIY and drop-the-tree-in-and-go options. Simply click through to see some of the season’s best ideas.

15+ Unique Christmas Tree Containers

During the busy holiday season, the less DIY that I have to do, the better. So I looked for a collection of Christmas tree containers, collars and skirts that would allow us to simply anchor the tree into a finished product and go. 

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Drop and Go Containers

Tree in a Vintage Crock by Baker Nest

The crock is fabulous, but with the rolling cart underneath… Hellooooo gorgeous! Remember, if the collar lacks wow power, it helps to layer, layer, layer.

Christmas tree containers: A crock layered on top of a rolling cart is vintage perfection | From Baker Nest | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a Box or Crate by Dreamy Whites

What struck me as interesting about this idea is the irony of the ornament placement. The tree is bare and the ornaments serve as the tree skirt. Genius.

In fact, this post has several other tree container ideas you might like to see, too. Click here to connect.

Christmas tree containers: A crate filled with ornaments is a brilliant twist on tree trimming | From Dreamy Whites | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a Dental Fountain by home decor icon Matthew Mead

I made a screen shot of this amazing idea from Mr. Mead’s IG feed. I mean, really? Who wouldn’t love one of these!!

Christmas tree containers: Using an old dental fountain as a tree container should win an award for genius | From Matthew Mead IG feed | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a Radio Flyer Wagon by Yours Truly

One year, I didn’t even stand the tree in this little wagon. Instead, it was customized to fit the wagon on its side and used on the coffee table. See the post tutorial here.

Christmas tree containers: Who says the tree has to stand up? A tree loaded onto a vintage Radio Flyer makes a great table topper | The Chelsea Project | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a Piano Stool Bottom by Adams and Elm Home

Nancy says that she simply removed the piano stool and dropped the tree into the stand. See more of her 2018 tree here.

Christmas tree containers: What do you get when you remove the piano stool from its base? The perfect tree stand | From Adams and Elm Home | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a Lamp Shade by DecorJan

I’m telling you, it never ever occurred to me to use a lamp shade as a tree collar, but this drop and go is my kind of tree collar. This link takes you to Jan’s IG account.

Christmas tree containers: Rethinking lamp shades and saving my entire stash | From Decor Jan IG Feed | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Somewhere Between Drop and Go and DIY

Tree in a Recycled Tire by LollyJane

And if you think it never ever occurred to me to use a lamp shade as a tree collar, I assure you that I can’t even process the extraordinary creativity behind using a recycled tire. Read how to make this kind of magic happen here.

Christmas tree containers: An upcycled tire makes a super easy DIY tree stand | From LollyJane | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

DIY Collars and Skirts

Tree in a Baby Carriage by HGTV’s Patrick Flynn

Notice that the carriage base is a galvanized tub with carriage wheels attached. The full tutorial is here.

Christmas tree containers: A galvanized container plus vontage baby carriage wheels is the perfect entryway Christmas tree conatiner | From HGTV's Patrick Flynn | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a Vintage Crate by Funky Junk

Donna distressed and stenciled this crate. I know! It’s totally amazing. Read the easy tutorial and find product links here.

Christmas tree containers : An old or new crate can be turned into vintage perfection using the tutorial by Funky Junk | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a Mirrored Box by At the Picket Fence

This is a super-easy way to get a glam look. Full tutorial (which is also super-easy) is here.

Christmas tree containers : Make your tree go all glam with this super easy mirrored DIY from At the Picket Fence | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a Drum by Pneumatic Addict

Ok. Not gonna lie. On the DIY front, this one is a tad harder, but is soooo worth the effort. It’s one of my all-time favorite DIY collars. Elisha provides a video and a step-by-step tutorial here.

Christmas tree containers : The Pneumatic Addict explains how to make this drum in a video and tutorial on her blog | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tree in a DIY Box by The Kim Six Fix

Kim provides a fabulous…and by fabulous….I mean easy and thorough… tutorial for making this box here.

Christmas tree containers : Got scrap wood? Kim provides a step-by-step tutorial for making this container on the blog | The Kim Six Fix | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

DIY Galvanized Collars for mini-trees by In My Own Style 

You will be surprised to learn how easy this project is to complete and that it is made from items you’d throw away. Hop over and see the tutorial here.

Christmas tree containers : Mini-trees need container love, too! Visit In My Own Style for the full tutorial | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tulle Glam Skirt by A Box of Buttons

This skirt caught my eye because it could be used for a glam Christmas tree or added after Christmas to take the tree into the New Year. Sometimes, after the gifts are gone, a tree can look flat and unfinished. The layers and sparkle in this skirt could be the remedy. It might also be fun to lace some fairy lights between the layers.

The easy-sew tutorial (no sewing machine necessary) is here.

Christmas tree containers : Wouldn't this tulle skirt be perfect for taking the after-Christmas tree into the New Year? | From A Box of Buttons | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Faux Fur Tree Skirt by Yours Truly

Ok, so this isn’t the most unique skirt, but it is one of the easiest hacks ever. I bought about 2 and 1/2 yards of quality white faux fur (56 inches wide) at the fabric store and wrapped it around the tree base.

No sewing. No kidding.

The cost was about $40 compared to $150 at one retailer I checked. See the full tree here. And see the faux fur as a tablecloth here.

Christmas tree containers : This faux fur skirt is a no-sew delight | Full details at The Chelsea Project | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com

And here you have it. A few out-of-the-box ideas to take your tree from drab to fab.

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Christmas tree containers don't need to be boring or difficult | These ideas show you how | #christmastreecontainers #christmastreecollars #christmastreeskirts | www.thechelseaproject.com


  • Reply Denise December 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    So creative and gorgeous! Love your faux tree skirt and at $40 I also love the price!!! 😉 Gorgeous tree btw.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 10, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Denise! That’s the best 2 and 1/2 yards of fabric I’ve ever bought. So far, it’s been a tree skirt, a throw and a table cloth. Hey, guess I should do a post on all the many things you can do with 2 and 1/2 yards of fabric. LOL… XO

  • Reply Homeroad December 11, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Susie this is a great post! I love the roundup of all these great tree holders! I’m totally awed by the dental stand, I have a pedestal sink base in the basement I’m going to give it a try! The antique crate has been an inspiration for me too!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 11, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Thanks so much! In its one day of life, it really has been a popular post. You can bet I will do a follow up. Let me know if you come up with a great idea and we’ll get you in on the next round up.

  • Reply Susanne December 11, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Such great ways to glam up a Christmas tree, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 11, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Susanne.. XO

  • Reply Marie InteriorFrugalista December 11, 2018 at 9:35 am

    So many interesting ideas in here, thank you for sharing them with us, Susie! Talk about thinking outside the box with the dental fountain and painted tire options. Love Donna’s vintage crate! Your faux fur is lovely too. Happy Holiday to you and yours

  • Reply Linda December 17, 2018 at 8:44 am

    These are great Susie! Especially the dental fountain Last year I used an urn for a small tabletop tree and love the look!

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