Last year I found out that we threw away all of our lights when we moved and I got so frustrated that I decided not to have a tree! This year is a different story. I decided to get going early, so that I didn’t have any excuse! I decided to get a pre-lit flocked tree. I’ve never had a pre-lit tree and am excited to enjoy the ease of it. The last artificial tree that we had was so old that every branch had to be snapped into the base. It took so long. And then the lights were another story. It took me several hours to put the tree up, and that didn’t include ornaments!
I decided to get an affordable tree from Walmart and then add things to it to give it more of a designer look. Here is the tree that I got. It is very affordable and just the right size. We don’t have a big area for the tree, so I need to take that into consideration.
Here is the link to this tree.
Since our space is a little tight, I was afraid that a tree skirt would get messed up and walked on, so I decided on a box. I think they are pretty and give the look of a living tree..
Here is how I made my box. I started by measuring the base to make sure that the box was big enough for the tree to set inside.Next, I measured from the floor up to the underside of the tree to determine the height of the box. I drew out a rough sketch and then set out to Home Depot.
I decided to use Cedar and purchased (5) 3/4 in.X 4 in. X 8 ft pieces to use for the slats and (2) 3/4 in. X 2 in. X 8 ft pieces to use for the edging of the front and back.
I started by cutting 2 pieces that were 18 inches long for the bottom of the front and back. Then, I cut 2 pieces that were 22 inches long for the top of the front and back. Next, I cut the side pieces to 12 inches. After that, I mitered the cuts to fit the design.
Next, I cut a piece of the 4 inch lumber to 18 inches for the bottom. After that I cut pieces a little bit bigger than the frame and then traced the angle of the frame and cut them.
Then, I laid the frame on top of the slats and used a nailer to attach it.
So now you have a front and back for the box. Next, I cut the pieces for the sides. I started by cutting 2 pieces that were 18 inches and used the nailer to attach them to the front and back.
From there, I measured the length of each board and nailed it on top of the previous board until I had both sides done.
Then, it was time to make sure the tree base would fit inside.
Next, it was time to stain it. I used the same stain that I used for the floating shelves in our dining room. It is Minwax Provincial.
I love the way it turned out!
I hope you find this helpful if you are wanting to make a Christmas tree base box. Thanks for stopping by!