I have visible galvanized tree collars for a few years and love the idea, however honestly wasn’t going to spend $60 for one! We have been capable of make our personal for 1/three of the value. When I first saw the shop tree collars, I thought “I can make that with a metal tub!” and were given to looking up tutorials. Most of them have you cutting the entire base out, which fits if that’s what you need, but that is my quicker, less complicated, much less chance of having reduce model!
For this assignment, you simplest need a massive steel tub, a hollow noticed (or options mentioned beneath), and a few tape (I used overlaying, however electrical or duct could also work nicely).
This 17 gallon metallic bathtub from Home Depot ($21.Ninety seven) changed into the correct length. The gallons aren’t in particular critical, however you want to make sure the diameter of the top of the bucket (which will become the bottom of the collar) is wider than the base of your tree stand. It also should be shorter than the lowest of the bottom to the bottom of your first branches. (You can also use the collar to cover a small platform below the tree base and make the tree a little taller!)
If the measurements are close, I advocate take a look at fitting the bottom BEFORE you chop some thing so you can go back the bathtub if essential.
This is the bottom of our tree. In the past we have used a tree skirt, however the children continually appear to drag on it, and canine fur collects round the edges and is a ache to vacuum with out sucking the skirt up with it.
Find the middle of the bath.
This is what the bottom of ours gave the look of, so this step turned into excellent easy.
GAMBAR3 Measure the center pole that goes into the base, and the usage of a hole noticed, cut a hollow slightly large than the pole. I accept as true with we used the 1 3/four” noticed. If you don’t have a hollow noticed, you can honestly use a regular drill bit to start it and tin snips or a jigsaw to finish the circle. The hollow saw is MUCH quicker (and more secure) even though. (We offered our multi-length hole noticed set for less than $10 and it has are available in handy for numerous tasks.)
Lightly sand the burrs off, then use a few tape around the edges. The reduce part gained’t be seen with the tree in vicinity, so I wasn’t involved about how quite it turned into.
To set it up, with the lowest phase of the tree laying on its facet, slide the tub over the pole, connect and lock the bottom.
Stand it up and fasten the other tree sections…
…And decorate as favored! It critically took longer to clean up the bathtub than it did to reduce the hole.
Also, with the hollow being barely larger than the tree pole in preference to the whole backside reduce out, I don’t ought to fear approximately my kids getting fingers cut with the aid of the steel part.
*If you choose a extra worn appearance, there are numerous tutorials online on a way to “age” metal buckets”. I determined to depart mine (for now) with my silver decorations.