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DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

Tree skirts can quickly turn into an annoying mess if you have active kids and pets. If you are tempted to ditch the skirt and go bare to avoid the rumpled hassle, a Christmas tree collar may the be perfect alternative.

Start With a Bare Tree Base

Clear your tree base of all clutter and debris. If you’ve already filled your tree stand with water, you’ll need to remove the water in order to lift the tree into the finished tree collar. 

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DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

Using a galvanized tub purchased for $20, get the look of a galvanized Christmas tree collar that high end retailers sell for $50-75!

Find the Right Galvanized Tub for Your Tree Stand

When buying your galvanized tub, be sure that the base is an inch or two wider than the circumference of your tree stand. 

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DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

To cut out the bottom of the galvanized tub, you'll need a sawzall reciprocating saw.

Get Ready to Hack the Galvanized Tub

To cut out the base of the galvanized tub, use a sawzall reciprocating saw. 

Pro Tip

Cutting the bottom of the tub and using is upside down for your tree collar will give you a neater, more finished look than using it right side up. 

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DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

To get started, use a hole saw to create an opening for the sawzall blade.

Use a Hole Saw to Get Started

To get started, punch a hold in the base of the galvanized tub. This makes room for the reciprocating saw blade. 

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DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

Now use the sawzall to cut all the way around the rim, removing the bottom of the tub completely.

Cut All the Way Around the Base

Remove the entire base using the reciprocating saw.

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DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

To eliminate sharp edges, sand around the cut rim with a grinder.

Grind Down Sharp Edges

Use a grinder to sand down the cut side of the base of the galvanized tub. 

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DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack

Tree skirts can quickly turn into an annoying mess if you have active kids and pets. This DIY Galvanized Christmas Tree Collar Hack gives you a polished look that can't be rumpled by running feet.

Place Tree Into Galvanized Tree Collar

Lift the tree and stand into the upside down galvanized tub. Refill the tree stand with water. Enjoy a child- and pet-proof tree stand decoration!