Artificial Christmas tree or Fresh Cut? I’m Artificial all the way. And, if I’m not hosting a Thanksgiving feast, I like to put it up the week before Thanksgiving. Yep, I’m one of those people. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the bird, but why not enjoy your Christmas tree as long as possible, another reason I love artificial. This year was no different. I was so excited to put my tree up this year, mostly because of a crate that was repurposing.
I made a usual stop at our local ReStore and purchased a huge classroom chalkboard. I had to pull around to the back for the guys that work there to load it in my van. That is when I spotted this amazing crate. It was huge, wrapped in plastic, and stacked out in the yard. I asked the guy loading my chalkboard how much it was. He said “how about $5″. I went inside and paid the clerk. Then ran home, unloaded the chalkboard and ran back to pick up the crate. It is heavy, sturdy, and has awesome stamping on the side. I think it was a crate to deliver stone from India called “California Gold”. I couldn’t image better words stamped on the side. It even has three green L brackets on each corner. I have lots of plans for this crate, but for this post, it’s about the Christmas Tree. I cleaned it off and brought it inside my house.
I took some green fabric I had and stapled it to the inside to line the crate.
Then I place four buckets upside down inside the crate.
A piece of scrap plywood (that actually came in the crate) was laid across the buckets.
I stuck my tree stand on top of the plywood.
Then with help from Justin, we placed our 9 ft Costco tree in it’s stand. I grabbed some burlap coffee bags I had on hand (from BurlapFabric.com). It gives the felling that my tree’s roots are wrapped in burlap. And since it is such a huge tree, it had to be transported via a crate and probably a forklift.
I am honestly in love with this. I usually raise my tree up to give it more drama, but this takes the cake. The weathered wood and burlap add such a natural feel to my “fake” tree and the crate gives a cleaner crisper look than a traditional tree skirt or fabric like I used on last years tree.
Let the Christmas decorating continue! What do you use for a tree stand?
To see how this stand was turned into a coffee table, click the photo below: