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Washtub Christmas Tree Skirt

This Washtub Christmas Tree Skirt is a great alternative to a tradition tree skirt. It is versatile and can be used for other things like a drink holder for a party or a blanket bin.

Welcome back to year 6 of our Festive Christmas Event where we team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season.

We will be baking some cookie recipes for you, sharing some party games, making some handmade gifts, doing some ornament crafting, and sharing our Christmas movies family fun. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.

New this year is Gift Guides. We are right there with you shopping from home due to Covid 19 and we understand how hard that can be so we have been busy little Elves doing tons of research to create fabulous Gift Guides to help you with your holiday shopping.

You will find new ideas every Monday and Wednesday between Oct. 19th through Nov. 18th. Scroll all the way down to find all the ideas linked at the end.

Welcome back to year 6 of our Festive Christmas Event where we team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season.

We will be baking some cookie recipes for you, sharing some party games, making some handmade gifts, doing some ornament crafting, and sharing our Christmas movies family fun. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.

New this year is Gift Guides (check out this Coffee Lover Gift Guide, or this Gift Guide for Cooks, or this Grilling Gift Guide). We are right there with you shopping from home due to Covid 19, and we understand how hard that can be so we have been busy little Elves doing tons of research to create fabulous Gift Guides to help you with your holiday shopping.

Unlike most women, I do not like decorating for Christmas. I am not a person who changes our their decor for each season or holiday. I actually haven’t decorated for Christmas some years. After getting married, I started decorating for Christmas more. 

We would get a fresh cut tree and I would do my basic decorating. When Lucy moved to Idaho, I bought a artificial tree because she is allergic to pine trees. I’ve since upgraded to a pre-lit tree. I found a great Black Friday deal. 

Over the years I’ve collected decorations that I loved. But I had a hard time finding a tree skirt that I liked. Last year I saw a picture of a Christmas tree with a upside down washtub as the skirt. I knew that’s what I wanted!

I ran over to our farm & ranch supply store and picked up a washtub. I convinced The Hardworking Husband to help me.  He didn’t know what he was getting himself into which is usually the case with the projects I have for him. 

Since we were making this up as we went along, we used what we had. The tree will need to be lifted 3-5 inches because the washtub is a little deeper than the tree is. We used the end of a plastic barrel. The HH works at a car wash and we have lots of plastic barrels laying around. But anything that will lift the base 3 – 5 inches is perfect. A rubber feed pan would work great. 

I loved that once it was done, it will be so easy to hide the base of the tree every other year. I got so many compliments on my Washtub Christmas Tree Skirt.

Also the washtub with a hole in the bottom is a perfect container to put soda in with ice for a party in the summer. The water has a place to drain as the ice melts. I love that I can use it for summer and winter. I have also used it as a blanket bin for outdoor parties.

Washtub Christmas Tree Skirt

Washtub Christmas Tree Skirt
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Materials

  • Galvanized Washtub
  • Rubber Feed Pan
  • Christmas Tree
  • Plaid fabric (optional)

Tools

  • Hole Saw
  • Drill
  • Metal File

Instructions

    1. First things first, cut a hole in the bottom of the tub for the trunk of the tree. The HH used a metal cutting hole saw. He used 1 5/8" hole saw. Because we have an artificial tree, the hole doesn't need to be too big. If you are doing a real tree, you may need to use something different to cut the hole. You could use a jig saw with a metal cutting blade. You will want to cut the hole bigger than the trunk so you have room to water the tree.
    2. Use the metal file to file the edges of the hole so they aren't sharp.
    3. I laid pieces burlap on the floor to protect my hardwood floor from any scratches. This is optional.
    4. Place the feed pan on the fabric or floor.
    5. Place base of tree on the feed pan. If you have a real tree, just place the base for the tree and skip to set 9.
    6. Place the washtub over the feed pan and base of the tree so the hole in the base and the hole in the washtub line up and set on the floor.
    7. Slip the bottom pole of the tree into the hole in the washtub and into the base.
    8. Assemble the tree as you normally would.
    9. If you have a real tree, you will need help with this step. Place the washtub over the base. Slide the tree through the hole. Have someone lift the washtub up so you can tighten the base onto the tree.
    10. Decorate your tree.
    11. Stand back and admire your beautiful tree.

Notes

In the pictures you will see that we used the top of a plastic barrel instead of the washtub. But those are a bit hard to come by and the rubber feed pan will just was well.

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Tania

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Great idea! I never would have thought to flip it upside down!

Leanna

Monday 9th of November 2020

The galvanized wash tub is perfect for a farmhouse tree. I asked at a local antique dealer this fall and she said she can't keep them in stock. I love how yours turned out.

Marie-Interior Frugalista

Monday 9th of November 2020

Just this weekend I was telling my husband how I wanted a galvanized tub skirt for our tree this year. For the next 15 minutes, we had a conversation about how we could fit our tree stand inside and hide it from view. Eventually, we gave up on the idea. Dah! Never would've thought to drill a hole in the bottom of the tub until seeing this. Yippee, I'm getting a tub skirt this year!!!

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