I need help

barb1954November 3, 2010

I have a 4 1/2 Christmas tree which I set in my bay window on an unused portable sewing machine table with a very pretty table cover. My problem is that I need help on how to cover the tree stand. For years I have covered a gift wrapped box which slid over the tree stand. My daughter thinks this is too old fashioned. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Barb, one of the things I've seen that really looked nice is putting the tree in a pretty urn. I would imagine that the tree would be taken out of the stand and set in the urn with something like plaster of paris for a permanent fix.

If that's not an option then I wonder if you could just use a coordinating tree skirt around the base of it and draping down over your table cover?

Actually, your gift box idea sounds fine to me too. Leave it to our kids to point out how "old fashioned" we are! LOL


    Bookmark   November 3, 2010 at 11:04AM
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HI Barb,
I put trees in all manner of items. I have them growing out of toy castles, tea kettles, fishing creel baskets, drums, interesting lamp bases from thrift stores, golf bags, urns, and flower pots.
Since it is on a sewing machine, how about a sewing basket?
I have also seen them in old fashioned train cases (the kind a lady carried her toiletries in when traveling), an old fashioned kettle, a crock, or anything else that could serve as a container.
Let your imagination run wild. You can insert a tree trunk into a piece of PVC fastened inside of your container, or as Luvs said use plaster or if it one of those 3 legged plastic holders, the legs can be altered to fit into the container.
If it needs to be more sturdy, you can fasten your container to a piece of wood covered with fabric. I did this for the fishing creel basket. Covered a flat piece of wood with red/black buffalo check fabric and then made bows out of the fabric and put them on the tree. Then I fastened the creel basket to the wood, placed the tree trunk through the hole in the basket lid, and packed the inside of the basket around the tree trunk with newspaper, and I mean packed! Then closed the lid the rest of the way and fastened it, and it has lasted for years. It is a
3 1/2 ft. tree and it is decorated with bobbers, lures, and other items associated with fishing.
I don't have a picture as I made it for my brother several years ago before I had a digital camera, so sorry I can't share a photo as he doesn't live close to me.
I do have one of the one I made for my DGD in a kids toy castle that I painted silver and mounted on a board covered with white fur fabric.

For this one, I drilled a hole in the top of the castle and fastened a piece of PVC inside to hold the trunk.
Sorry this came out so large.

Hope this gives you some ideas.


    Bookmark   November 3, 2010 at 7:53PM
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Candy, I knew you'd be full of great ideas. I like the sewing basket idea since its on a sewing table.
And your fancy pink tree in the castle is just darling. I bet Frou is really going to like it too.

hugs, Karen

    Bookmark   November 3, 2010 at 11:26PM
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OMG, Candy, you floor me sometimes with all of your out-of-the-box, creative ideas! I use an urn for my 4ft Spanish Colonial tree in our family room. I painted and antiqued it to work with that tree's theme. BUT . . . your ideas are beyond anything I'd considered.
You sure came to the right place for ideas, Barb!

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 12:28PM
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You are right Lynn. I did come to the right place for ideas. Candy, your tree is just beautiful. I don't know how you come up with all of your great ideas. I guess you know I'll be working with your suggestions and also Luvs.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2010 at 6:54AM
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Barb, I like the idea of using a sewing basket also. Very clever. Candy your pink feather tree is fantastic.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2010 at 9:27AM
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    Bookmark   November 7, 2010 at 5:36AM
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