I can’t believe that another year has come and gone and that Christmas is just around the corner. Around our home we are in full December holiday bustle mode! School concerts, homework, sports, parent days at dance, writing our lists to Santa, checking those twice, and decking the halls. Speaking of decking the halls, decorating for Christmas is truly one of my most favorite things to do. I love pulling out the Christmas lights (I especially love when they all still work), lighting a yummy candle, turning on my favorite Christmas album, gathering my husband and kids to help, and making my house all warm and cozy for Christmas.
There was however one thing about the house at Christmas time that drove me nuts for many, many years. My artificial Christmas tree was entirely too big for my home. It was a gorgeous very, very full seven and a half foot tree that would be perfect in a lot of homes, but not mine. I love having a Christmas tree in the front window, but I absolutely hated how much space our tree was taking up in our front living room. A Christmas tree should complement a room not take up the entire room! Every time we decorated for Christmas we had to haul out and find a temporary place for two or three pieces of furniture just to make room for the tree. Last year I decided something had to change. All of the options I could think of just didn’t make sense in my mind. Do I just not have a tree in the front window? Absolutely not. Do I sell all my furniture to make room for the tree? Probably not a good idea for the months of January through November. Do I give away this tree and buy a new one for $150 to $200 (or more)? Definitely not in the budget. So I decided to turn to Pinterest, the internet, and my own creativity to solve the massive Christmas tree problem. I can’t wait to share with you my solution to this problem. I call it Redesign on a Dime: Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Tree Stand. It is a shabby, sturdy, non-traditional yet beautiful statement piece!
Redesign on a Dime-Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Tree Stand
The first thing you need to do is call/find an electrical supply company and ask if they have any cable spools lying around that they are no longer using. These cable spools at one time had electrical cables wrapped around them…thus the name! I found mine one day last year after calling 3 different electrical supply places. The first one didn’t have any, the second place wanted to charge me $15, and the last place I called gave it to me for FREE and free is always my favorite price! These spools come in different sizes so just make sure to specify what size you are looking for. Also, keep in mind that these things are not going to be in pristine condition. They usually have stamping on them, scuffs, dents, and character! All a good thing when looking for something rustic. Once I got my hands on the cable spool, I knew I could get rid of the very large Christmas tree that I had been using for years and years. I sold it on a Facebook yard sale page and now another family (with a bigger living room) is enjoying it in their home. I ended up getting an inexpensive 6.5 foot tall pre-lit tree. It’s nothing fancy, but it is so much better for the space.
Here is a better picture of a cable spool close up. As you can see, mine is a little weathered but it’s perfect.
The next step is cutting out the bottom circle of the Christmas tree stand so that the stand can slide farther up the “trunk” of the Christmas tree. My husband did this with a small hand-held circular saw. Be VERY careful because you are working with a small area and loosing a finger is not worth it! We cut this off before adding the four support legs as seen in this picture. Once the circle is cut you will want to spray some WD40 or rub a little oil on the metal trunk to help the stand slide up the tree as shown in the picture.
Now that the artificial Christmas tree stand is slid all the way up the neck of the tree you will want to insert the metal “trunk” of the tree into the hole at the top of the cable spool.
Once the trunk is all the way down in the cable spool, the legs of the artificial Christmas tree stand should rest on top of the spool.
The tree is now ready to decorate and enjoy throughout the Christmas season without having it take up half your living room! Merry Christmas!