I have always wanted to create a Christmas tree planter. I love how neat and tidy it makes a tree look, a little unexpected, and of course, options are limitless. I've never done it, but this year, I decided to do it. Not to mention that the stand that comes with the tree that I've used every other year, had a missing leg. What happened to it? I have no idea. Yeah, yeah, I heard the " What are you going to do with that?" and "Why don't you just go get another stand?", but I had a vision that was going to come to fruition, so I ignored all of the non-believers in my household and got to work. This was one of the easiest projects I've done, but it was a little bit of an investment, but how it turned out made me feel all better.
What I used:
Large Terracotta pot
Manila roping (3 bags/rolls)
plastic utility bucket
50 lb. bag of concrete
Hot glue gun
I put the pot up on the kitchen counter to make it easy to work with.
Starting from the bottom, I began gluing on the rope, keeping it nice and tight. I just glued randomly, every few rows or so.
Eventually, I made it to the top, beware of aching wrist though!
Initially, I though that I would put the concrete in the pot itself, but I like how it turned out so well that I certainly thought that I could use it elsewhere, not just for Christmas. So I bought one of those utility buckets and it fit perfectly in the bottom of the pot, I was so happy, but it was too tall. So I used the jig saw to cut off the top, which worked like a charm, and got the bucket down to the right height. I did it right in the house too, it took like three minutes and just a little plastic clean up.
This project took and entire 50 pound bag of concrete, I mixed it up right in the bucket, and stuck the legless tree stand, with pole, right into the mixture.
I let it cure over night, and I was really happy with how it turned out. I put the tree together (it's one of those hook on styles) and had a better looking tree than what I started with!
It makes my artificial tree look a little more real!
Now it's time to trim the tree!
I hope you are inspired to try your own Christmas tree planter!
Thanks for reading! I've gotten my mantle decorated, and will be showing you that tomorrow, see you then!