A fully decorated Christmas tree is a sight to behold — a tree topper perched up high, branches dressed in baubles, and festive lights. An often-overlooked detail, however, is the tree base. Spruce it up with a tree collar, skirt, or even a basket. Below, we share a few decorating ideas for Christmas tree bases.
Introduction to Christmas Tree Collars
What Is a Christmas Tree Collar?
Tree collars are conical cylinders that latch around the base of your tree. These offer more coverage than tree skirts and are commonly made of metal, wood, or natural fibres.
Do You Need a Christmas Tree Collar?
Christmas tree stands, whether for natural or artificial trees, are purely utilitarian and have protruding screws. Tree collars, on the other hand, are both functional and decorative in that they hide unsightly stands while complementing the rest of your tree décor.
What Is the Difference Between a Tree Collar and Skirt?
Skirts were used to protect the floor from falling needles and wax drippings of traditional candlelit Christmas trees. Unlike collars, tree skirts lie flat on the floor and are usually made of fabric.
What Size Christmas Collar Do I Need?
Christmas trees under 7 feet pair well with Balsam Hill’s small collars that measure up to 29 inches in diameter. For trees 7 to 11 feet tall, we recommend our large collars that come in 33 to 34 inches and can cover tree bases up to 32 inches in diameter.
Christmas Tree Base Decoration Ideas
Check out these festive tree base ideas that our designers recommend.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about Christmas tree collars.
How Do You Cover an Artificial Tree Base?
You can use a tree collar to cover an artificial tree’s base. Wrap it around the metallic feet of your tree and— depending on how they’re made — hinge its detachable sections or attach its magnetic sides to each other.
What Can I Use as a Base for My Christmas Tree?
Aside from collars and skirts, some Christmas tree base ideas include using everyday household items such as blankets, throws, or scarves. You can also repurpose a piano stool as a tree stand for your small Christmas tree. Another option is to remove the planter boxes you used in spring or summer and use them as the base.
What Are Some Tree Collar Alternatives?
Christmas tree skirts are beautiful alternatives to tree collars. Balsam Hill offers a wide assortment of skirts in various sizes and designs to suit any decorating style. We also have matching stockings for some of our tree skirts to complete your Christmas display.
We hope our list of Christmas tree base cover ideas gave you inspiration for your festive décor this season. Visit the Balsam Hill website to see our full collection of tree collars, skirts, baubles, and more.