For this Iron Craft challenge we were allowed to choose from any of the 2013 challenges to repeat. I didn’t go very far back and repeated challenge #24 Holiday.
My husband Matt and I collect Christmas ornaments (or things we can turn into Christmas ornaments) when we travel. It gives us a souvenir to shop for and something to remember each of our trips with. We have a small table top tree we use to display those ornaments (though I think we are going to need a bigger tree soon). I’ve never been very happy with the look of the plastic base, especially with the tree being front and center in our living room. I had seem people cover their tree bases with things like baskets and thought I would try to do something similar.
We tend to kill houseplants, so there is a little stack of empty pots in our storage room. One of them ended up being the perfect solution.
Potted Christmas Tree
fake Christmas tree with removable legs
appropriate size pot (The pot needs to be big enough to support the tree. I’m sure there is some mathematical way to figure out the right size, I just got lucky. The pot I used was the smallest I could get away with for the size tree I had.)
block of styrofoam (You want the firm foam not the really soft green floral foam. You need a piece that you fits perfectly in your pot or can be cut down.)
cotton balls, cotton batting, or floral moss (optional)
melon baller (optional)
1. Use the serrated knife to cut the styrofoam to fit snuggly in your pot. It is best to take a little off at a time. This is a messy little project.
You want the top of the styrofoam to be about 1/2″ lower than the top of the pot. Do not throw away the styrofoam scraps.
2. Take the legs off your tree. Make a hole in the middle of the styrofoam big enough to fit the tree base. I used the knife and a melon baller to make the hole.
I went all the way through the bottom of the styrofoam which made the tree stabler.
So much nicer looking than the cheap plastic legs!
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