December 11, 2010

Artificial Christmas Tree in a Planter Pot DIY

diy Christmas tree in an urn or pot
I've always loved the look of the Christmas trees that are
in an urn or pot instead of the metal stand they normally come with.

diy christmas tree in a pot
I decided to make it happen this year with my existing artificial tree.

I was picturing an urn but realized I already had this planter pot and figured I would 
use what I already had so I only had to purchase a 50 pound bag of concrete.

embedding christmas tree into pot with cement
I ended up lining my pot with a plastic garbage bag because my pot had drainage holes in it. 
This actually was a good step since it protected the pot from any stray concrete spatters.

I didn't realize, until I was ready to undertake this task, that on my particular tree,
the trunk pole is actually the whole bottom part of my tree with
the branches already attached!

 I was envisioning putting the bottom pole to the tree in the pot with the concrete, 
but that wasn't the case. Your tree might be different.
It was a little awkward dealing with the bottom branches while setting it in 
the concrete and getting it level but I just worked with it as I went.

I used the easy method and did not mix the concrete before I used it.
I added hot tap water (so the concrete would set faster) about a third of the way in the pot, 
put the trunk of the tree in and started shoveling the dry concrete mix around the tree trunk
until it was almost full and stirred it a little with the garden shovel I was using.

leveling Christmas tree trunk
After your trunk is in with the concrete, it is crucial to use a level to make
sure your tree is level both in the pot and vertically.
You don't want to end up with a permanently leaning, lopsided tree!

diy how to christmas tree in a planter pot
I let the concrete set up overnight, trimmed off the excess plastic bag 
that was hanging out of the pot and added the top part of the tree to the pole.

christmas tree in an urn or pot how to diy
I love it!
Yes, it's heavy, but that could also mean sturdy, which is great
if you have curious, climbing kittens or children pulling on a tree.

I happen to have a walk in storage area to store this tree in a pot.
I left the whole thing assembled, folded the branches upward and
used twine to wrap them in place. I place a large lawn bag over the top to keep it 
clean and used a dolly to roll it to the storage room after Christmas.

embedding your christmas tree into an urn or planter pot with concrete
My tree is ready to be decorated!

Christmas 2016
I use a real tree these days but my artificial tree
in a planter was perfect for me at the time!

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  1. Gorgeous Lucy! Love your naturally shaped tree too! you could leave it as is and have an epic win!

  2. What a great idea. You were certainly brave to tackle this yourself!

  3. Replies
    1. I covered mine with large plastic bags and put it in my outdoor storage shed


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