Iron Craft Challenge #25 – Potted Christmas Tree

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.
Iron Craft Challenge #25 - Potted Christmas Tree
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

Supplies:
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)

Tools:
serrated knife
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.
Iron Craft Challenge #25 - Potted Christmas Tree Iron Craft Challenge #25 - Potted Christmas Tree
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.
Iron Craft Challenge #25 - Potted Christmas Tree
I went all the way through the bottom of the styrofoam which made the tree stabler.

3. Put the tree in the hole and then pack around it with styrofoam scraps to secure it in tight. My tree had a fatter base than “trunk” so this was really necessary. Make sure it stands straight.
Iron Craft Challenge #25 - Potted Christmas Tree

4. If you want you can cover the top of the styrofoam with torn up cotton balls or batting to look like snow or use a floral moss for a more garden effect. I used cotton balls.
Iron Craft Challenge #25 - Potted Christmas Tree

So much nicer looking than the cheap plastic legs!

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