Inside: A full tutorial for how to build a rustic DIY Christmas Tree Stand Cover from scrap wood; plus the hack I use to make it easy to store after the holidays!
I wasn’t even going to post about this project, but then it ended up in a peek photo on my Instagram Stories feed and you all went a bit excited crazy over this – so I figured it might be worth a wee tutorial post. Today, I’m going to show you how I turned a pile of scrap wood into a DIY Christmas Tree Stand Cover. I love the way this simple project elevates my artificial tree. And yes, I have a Christmas tree in my home office – I love it. 🙂
If you’re just landing here, hello! You might also want to have a look at my tutorial for a Hygge inspired Advent Calendar and also my DIY Wooden Notebooks (which can be made with scrap wood). I’ve done a bunch of scrap wood projects over the years. To see the ALL, look at the How To Build section of my site.
Supplies for a DIY Christmas Tree Stand Cover
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- scrap wood (I used tongue and groove)
- Artificial Christmas tree (obviously)
- wood glue
- measuring tape
Tools to build a DIY Christmas Tree Box
How to Build the Scrap Wood Christmas Tree Box
Before we get into this, I will fully acknowledge that I’m not entirely sure what to call this thing. The purpose of it is to disguise the ugly metal stand on the fake tree – so that’s why I’m calling it a ‘cover’. But it can also just be a tree box. I dunno. I think you all know what I’m doing, right?
Step One: Measure and cut your boards
I put up the bottom part of my tree and measured the stand. I figured I needed a 16″ square box to cover it up snugly. I will be honest, the vertical measurement was much harder to decide on – so it didn’t factor into my initial plans. I’ll explain why in a minute…
I used my mitre saw to cut my boards down to 16″ in length. I cut 12 of them, and put four aside.
Before you assemble your box, you’ll want to use a jigsaw or circular saw to cut the top ‘tongue’ off four of your boards (the ones that will be the base of your box). Just clamp and follow the guide line of the wood to cut. If you’re not using tongue and groove, then this step won’t apply.
Step Two: Build your box form
The next step is to start assembling the actual box form. To do this, you’ll start with two opposing sides of the tree box. In my case, I fit the tongue and groove together and made sure they were even. Then I cut two 1×2 pieces to the length of the height of my tongue and groove.
Add a bit of wood glue and then secure these supports with a brad nailer. You should end up with two identical ‘box sides’ when you’re finished.
Step Three: Assemble the rest of the box
This part is tricky only because it’s hard to clamp now and if you’re on your own, you’ll just have to take your time to make sure you’re lining things up properly. Start with another two of your 16″ boards. Fit them together snugly and using a workbench or large clamp, glue and nail one side of them at a 90 degree angle to one of your previously built supports. (See the image)
Then flip it over and carefully do the same thing for the other side ensuring your box is as square as possible. It will probably feel a bit wobbly until you do this step.
I ended up putting mine on the floor so that I could get a good vantage point and leverage to nail in the final few brads. Once this is complete, you can be finished your box. But I added an extra step as you’ll see.
Step Four: Test the Tree in the Box
Even though I measured and I thought I wanted my box to be two boards high, when I put it together that way, I wanted it to look a bit more full. HOWEVER, I was concerned about storing such a giant box (with no bottom that is basically useless for anything other than a Christmas tree). So here’s what I did to make it easier to assemble and easier to store. I faked it.
I used the remaining four 16″ boards that I cut and placed them on top of the box one by one. They prop up the droopy bottom branches, but still allow me to easily access the plugs and wires without toppling the whole tree.
In fact, this is exactly what you’ll want to do if you’re putting a REAL tree in a box like this because you’ll have to be regularly watering it. So just pop off the top board, full your stand with water and put the board back in place.
I had debated adding fancy trim pieces to the box to make it look a little more ‘done’, but I realized the storage and access features were more important to me. Plus, I’m sorta loving how rustic this looks in my office.
I dressed it up with my favorite battery powered lanterns and in the mornings and evenings when I’m working or hanging out, I love the vibe this tree has now! It doesn’t even feel like an artificial tree!
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