After having issues with our Christmas tree tipping over and crashing year after year, I switched to a stand that had wide legs out and a center point that had to go in a hole drilled perfectly in the center of the tree trunk, which is done by the tree place when you cut your own. Some years though, we didn’t get our tree at a place that offers that service, and the hole drilled at home was never straight enough so the tree would lean miserably one way or the other.
I had to be creative, think, think, think. Ah-ha… I found this beautiful square metal planter in a pressed tin design and it inspired me to use it for the tree stand.
Here’s what I do now every year, and all the tipping and leaning issues are gone for good!
We have this seldom used doorway with two steps up between the living room and dining room that I have found to be a very lovely setting for the Christmas tree. Therefore we set the empty tin planter exactly where we want it in the doorway, just slightly favoring the living room side to allow room for the Christmas tree topper.
Next we put a 5 gallon bucket in the center of the pressed tin planter, it fits perfectly inside the tin.
Now in comes the tree. I hold it steady and straight while my husband places handfuls of landscape rocks, (since the tin planter is white, we used white marble chips to blend in) inside the 5 gallon bucket. This does take a little time and patience, (so I take over as soon as the tree is stable). I fill the bucket and continue to fill some in the tin. Even with all the rocks in the bucket, it still holds a lot of water.
Oh, before we bring in the tree, we cut off the bottom branches so that everything clears to the top of the bucket, which for us is great, as I like to put this little village we’ve collected over the years, around the bottom of the tree. The grandchildren love this quaint little village under the tree the best of all the Christmas decorations, (except of course, for the gingerbread house they continually swipe candy from).
Now the precious ornaments collected over the history of our Christmases together are safe and secure… well almost, now to keep our youngest grandson from grabbing ahold of a branch and shaking it wildly up and down. Hmmm…
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