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TinyTerror
« on: November 25, 2007 01:39:30 PM »

Well we drug out our little artificial tree from the basement for christmas to find: the stand is missing! Supposively my boyfriend got the tree from his sister and forgot to ask her if there was anything missing.

I was wondering if there's any way I can go about making a stand for it rather than buying one?
Right now we have it sitting in an upside down crate but it falls over if we barely touch it, and that's no good since we have a frisky kitty that likes to play with everything.

any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2007 02:09:14 PM »

I wonder if you could put a few mini bags of kitty litter under the crate to sturdy it?

Sorry... I don't have many ideas. Sad  I got my stand off of Freecycle last year, though! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2007 05:30:23 AM »

How about placing the tree in a bucket and pouring rocks or broken bricks all around?  You can cover the bucket with a sheet if you don't have a tree skirt.
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2007 09:15:08 PM »

If you have a nice planting pot you could do the same as above without the need for a tree skirt.  Or possibly stick in in the pot with floral foam, depending on how large/heavy your tree is (or how heavy/sturdy the pot is).
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2007 09:19:15 PM »

If you happen to know someone that has a patio umbrella, maybe you could borrow the base for that?
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2007 09:36:42 PM »

Get a nice heavy planter or urn, and use bricks and stones to steady and weight the tree down.  If the planter is nice enough, you don't even need a skirt.  I saw this done for live trees on a talkshow last year and it should work for a fake tree - just leave out the water.
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2007 10:07:19 AM »

Some planters (thinking of the large, clay ones) have a single hole in the bottom for drainage.  I'm wondering if the post for the tree would fit into that, if you flip the pot over and use it upside down?
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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2007 12:27:01 PM »

Get a nice heavy planter or urn, and use bricks and stones to steady and weight the tree down.  If the planter is nice enough, you don't even need a skirt.  I saw this done for live trees on a talkshow last year and it should work for a fake tree - just leave out the water.

I agree that the urn, rocks and/or bricks would work great. You could get some spanish moss and cover the top to make it look like the tree is planted in the urn. You would most likely need to buy the urn but it will serve for years to come. It's also something that will be hard to misplace.
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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2007 10:56:17 PM »

I agree that the urn, rocks and/or bricks would work great. You could get some spanish moss and cover the top to make it look like the tree is planted in the urn. You would most likely need to buy the urn but it will serve for years to come. It's also something that will be hard to misplace.

I wouldn't even put the urn away with the tree - I'd just keep it out and put it to other use until Christmas rolls around again - seasonal topiaries, an unbrella stand, make a top for it and turn it into a small side table or footstool depending on the height, pop pots of seasonal plantings in it, etc.
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2007 05:32:25 AM »

I was thinking about this post, and it dawned on me that a tree stand for a real tree would probably work fine.  If you are on a strict budget, I've seen them in thrift stores, and I would guess you could get a relatively inexpensive one at Wal-Mart or Target.
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