Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

December 3, 2012Allison Murray

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

I have tree skirts out the wazoo… seriously. Probably because every other year or so I decide to change the direction of my Christmas decor drastically. I’m talking from hot pink and black to gold and brown  to silver and blue.

Every year, though, I get really upset because my stupid tree skirt gets covered with cat hair every day from my kitties playing and sleeping under the tree. That’s when it is still under the tree, of course. There are other times I find it halfway across the room and left in a state that is obvious one of my feline friends just had a tussle with it.

Last year I had a really nice brown skirt that buttoned up the back. Figuring it would stay on well I purchased it evn though it was out of my normal price range for such things. It was gorgeous, though.

Imagine my surprise when I would find my tree to be horizontal. However, the skirt was always still attached. As it turns out one of the babies was fond of grabbing the skirt and running.

So this year I decided it was time for a total change of pace. I purchased a moving box, got a little bit crafty and said saigonara to tree skirts. You, too can hide your Christmas tree base with a gift – check it out!

For this project you will need:

  • Yard stick (around $1 at hardware stores)
  • Cardboard moving box (available at hardware stores)
  • Marker
  • X-acto or utility knife
  • Packing tape
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

First put the bottom portion of your tree in its base. There is no need to fluff it out or anything yet.

Take your yard stick and measure the dimensions of base. Mine was a perfect 15 inch square. Also measure the distance from the floor to where you would want your box to hit underneath the branches. My perfect height was 10 inches.

Next, locate a box that will work or purchase a moving box to simplify things. I found 14 inch square and 18 inch square boxes. I went 18 since 14 would have been too small.

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

Take your box and tape the top shut. Draw out an “X” from each corner to find the center of the box.

Measure the pole for your tree. Mine was 1.5 inches. Measure and draw a circle in the center of your box and use your knife to cut out.

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

Insert your tree into the hole you just cut to ensure that it will fit. If it is a bit tight trim around the circle a bit until it fits snugly but easily.

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

Flip your box over so that the taped up top is on the floor. Earlier I measured the perfect height for my box and found it was 10 inches. Take your yardstick and set flush with the floor against your box. Measure out the height you want on both edges of the side you are working on. Use your yardstick to connect the dots and draw a line. Continue for all 4 sides.

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

Now, if you have cats, dogs or children that may walk into your box unexpectedly, it is a good time to close up the bottom. Take your knife and yardstick and cut the box along the line you drew on the sides.

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

Turn the box on its side and check that your tree and base will fit inside.

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

Turn over and ensure that your box sits on the floor rather than hovering just above it. If this try didn’t work out, use the other side of the box and give it another go!

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

Next remove your tree and wrap your box like you will the gifts this year. Cut an “X” shape in the wrapping over the hole. Insert the tree, turn on its side and put your base together inside of the box.

Hide Your Christmas Tree Base with a Gift!

Now you can put together the rest of your tree and get it fluffed and ready to decorate!

Stop by tomorrow. We’re taking a break from the Christmas craze and getting down with a blinged out Shoesday! Hope your week starts off with a bang!

Comments (12)

  • catherine mills

    October 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    so simple, so easy, SO ME!!!! been looking for so long how to hide the tree base, so it looks nice and is kiddie/dog/cat proof I think I could kiss you :)

    1. Allison

      October 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Well then kisses right back! So glad that you’ll be able to hide that ugly base in a pet friendly way :)


    November 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    I made my own and it looks awesome thank you

  • Tanya B

    December 5, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    What a great idea!! I can’t justify paying $20 plus for a tree skirt and I always like to change up my ornaments from time to time so my skirt would have to match, but this….this is fantastic! Totally making one tomorrow. Thanks so much!

  • Sue

    October 27, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Last Christmas, after taking sooo many hours fluffing and decorating, my cat went behind the tree and crawled under the tree skirt and ran!!! Yup, you guessed it, I here it went. I ended up using wads of that fake snow stuff as a tree skirt. He’d still try to go under THAT. This is such a fantastic idea. It really looks so awesome. Thank you sooo much for sharing this. Early merry Christmas.

  • Bren

    August 16, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    I’ve been doing this for years! ? It never occurred to me to put it on here. This really is a great idea. Especially when you can change the rapping with the different ornaments, year by year.

  • Svenaka

    October 30, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Borrowing this idea this year! Thanks

  • Jodi Bennett

    December 1, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    For me, it’s the cat hair on the tree skirt! It will be easier to vacuum too without sucking up the skirt every time. Can anybody else relate? Thank you for sharing and your idea as I am tired of looking for a basket that fits!

    1. Allison Murray

      December 1, 2016 at 3:42 PM

      I sure can! But I honestly have cat hair on everything, these days! I now have light colored blankets, sofa and comforters so that the hair stands out a lot less! :) Good luck with your tree this year!

  • Letty

    October 23, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    Thank you so much for this great idea, I been trying to solve this problem for many years. But I’m going to borrow your idea this year!


    December 7, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    I can relate, I have had as many as 10 cats . I rescue. I am now down to 3 seniors who do not climb the tree or swat at the ornaments.
    After the first glass ornament on the lower branches broke, I began putting paper, cardboard or fabric ornaments on the 2 lowest branches. At one point, I had newborn kittens and one day I looked over to see the tree shaking, all 7 foot of it. I began using sandbags on the base, but I like your idea better. You mentioned that you weighted it down, what did you use for weights?

    1. Allison Murray

      December 8, 2017 at 10:47 AM

      Thanks for having saved so many kitties. That makes my so happy! I typically use books to weight it down just because I’ve got tons of them!

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