Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 899: Christmas trees in containers


I've had a small obsession with table-top Christmas trees for about a year now. Specifically, with trees sitting in pretty urns. I fully planned to apply these instructions to our own 5-6 foot tree (with a bigger urn, of course) but Wes was skeptical (that's the engineer in him, I guess).


The problem with my plan was the center of gravity. The darling urn I picked out was fiberglass, and Wes was certain it would tumble over. Plan B was to place the tree stand in a basket, but I couldn't quite find what I was looking for.


Plan C is to make it my mission in 2010 to find a suitable urn for our tree. And if that doesn't work, I think a galvanized bucket will do just fine. What is your tree in?

Photos: House Beautiful, Monica Buck for Cottage Living, Country Living.

22 comments:

laurelstreet said...

I love this. We got behind on the big tree so I think I might just borrow a page from your playbook here with a table-top number. Thanks for the link!

paula said...

love this idea. we still don't have the big tree up:( it needs to stop raining.

MaryBeth said...

While these ideas look lovely. I had the same concerns about the tree tipping over. I don't know how some of them stay up, I am assuming they must be fake trees that don't weigh much or lots of unseen wires. Either way I would love to do a very large urn or even the basket...someday. MB

Anonymous said...

what great ideas. love love love the basket idea since i'm somewhat of a basket freak and am always trying to dream up new ways and places to use baskets (and bottles for that matter). love your style and enjoy reading your blog. :smiles:

Southern Exposure said...

My tree is in a big galvanized bucket and I love it! The bucket is big enough for me to sit the whole tree stand inside the bucket. I got it at a local Tractor Supply Company - it was only around $20!

A Taste of T said...

Mine is drawn on my mirror, but I live on the road :). I love the bucket idea. I really like galvinized buckets for cute storage anytime.

Cheers,
Tanya
A Taste of T
www.tanyamunoz.com

Amanda said...

I really love the galvanized bucket idea! I think that would be a good idea. We just have a tree skirt that the dog and cat constantly run across and it is always a mess :)

Tiffany said...

I love this. We put up our little tree but don't have so much as a tree skirt! I wrapped up some presents last night and so now you can't see the plastic stand. But I've got to get soemthing!

Vintage Junky said...

I adore tabletop trees.. it was necessary this year due to a certain 15 month old! We have our in a vintage drum. We may never go back to a big one. Ours isn't as pretty as the ones that you showed, but it is alive so we can plant it later!

Michelle

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love the basket. So pretty.

We put our kitchen countertop tree in a pot this year. It looks super cute.

Lauren said...

i love it too!!

but our tree is in an ugly stand hidden by a piece of fabric ;)

can't wait to see what you conme up with!!! xoxoxo

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Last year, on a total lark, I tossed our tree into a metal toy box! It fit perfectly and I fell in love with it instantly.

The Rural Socialite said...

I was the biggest Cottage Living fan. I am so sad that the magazine is no longer in print! They always had fabulous inspiration like your photos here.

Haven and Home said...

Patrick is always asking for a better base, that is going to be on next years list. I don't think you can go wrong with a galvanized bucket.

Blueprint Bliss said...

Love the galvanized bucket idea--- but I really want to find a basket to use next year. Right now my tree stand is covered by some burlap!

Anonymous said...

There is an article in the NYT about "renting" live Christmas trees for a couple of weeks. The tree is delivered to your home in a bucket so you'd be all set (if you lived in LA where they are doing this!).
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/us/17tree.html?_r=1&hp

prashant said...

They always had fabulous inspiration like your photos here

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Hello Lover... said...

What about maybe taking some cardboard or foam and covering it with a pretty fabric or some burlap and a ribbon and molding it around your Christmas tree stand. This way you don't actually have to deal with getting your stand inside something and it will look like it is.

megan said...

Ours is in a boring tree stand with a pretty tree skirt. But changing it sounds like a fun mission!

kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

these are so much fun!

kelly

kanishk said...

I had the same concerns about the tree tipping over. I don't know how some of them stay up, I am assuming they must be fake trees that don't weigh much or lots of unseen wires.

Wagyu Steak

Anonymous said...

I realize I'm 3 years late to this party, but I wanted to let you know how to put a tree in an urn. You find a piece of PVC pipe just larger than your tree pole (trunk on real tree) and pour quick crete around it in the urn. Only poor enough in to make it sturdy/a little bit heavy for stability. Then put your tree in the PVC. Voila!