I actually have seen galvanized tree collars for a few years and love the idea, but really wasn’t going to spend $60 for one! We had been capable of make our own for 1/three of the value. When I first noticed the shop tree collars, I concept “I could make that with a metal tub!” and were given to searching up tutorials. Most of them have you ever reducing the complete base out, which matches if that’s what you need, however this is my faster, less complicated, much less chance of getting cut model!
For this undertaking, you handiest want a huge steel bathtub, a hollow saw (or options noted below), and a few tape (I used protecting, but electrical or duct could also paintings well).
This 17 gallon metallic tub from Home Depot ($21.97) became the proper size. The gallons aren’t particularly critical, but you want to ensure the diameter of the top of the bucket (which will become the lowest of the collar) is wider than the bottom of your tree stand. It additionally must be shorter than the bottom of the base to the lowest of your first branches. (You can also use the collar to cover a small platform below the tree base and make the tree a bit taller!)
If the measurements are close, I suggest check fitting the base BEFORE you chop something so that you can go back the bathtub if necessary.
This is the bottom of our tree. In the beyond we have used a tree skirt, however the youngsters always seem to tug on it, and canine fur collects around the rims and is a ache to hoover without sucking the skirt up with it.
Find the center of the bath.
This is what the bottom of ours appeared like, so this step became amazing smooth.
Measure the middle pole that is going into the base, and the usage of a hole noticed, cut a hollow slightly larger than the pole. I trust we used the 1 three/4” noticed. If you don’t have a hollow saw, you could absolutely use a everyday drill bit to start it and tin snips or a jigsaw to finish the circle. The hollow noticed is MUCH faster (and more secure) although. (We sold our multi-size hole noticed set for much less than $10 and it has come in handy for several initiatives.)
Lightly sand the burrs off, then use some tape round the rims. The reduce area gained’t be seen with the tree in location, so I wasn’t involved about how pretty it changed into.
To set it up, with the lowest segment of the tree laying on its side, slide the tub over the pole, attach and lock the base.
Stand it up and connect the alternative tree sections…
GAMBAR6 …And decorate as preferred! It severely took longer to easy up the bathtub than it did to reduce the hollow.
Also, with the hole being slightly larger than the tree pole as opposed to the entire bottom reduce out, I don’t have to fear about my kids getting arms reduce with the aid of the metal aspect.
*If you prefer a extra worn appearance, there are several tutorials on line on the way to “age” metal buckets”. I determined to depart mine (for now) with my silver decorations.