It’s day eleven of Twelve Days of Getting Ready for Christmas! Today I am sharing my favorite Christmas tree skirts and tree collars.
I have teamed up with my dear friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and today we are both sharing what goes underneath your Christmas tree! If you are wondering about gifts (which are also under the tree), I will be sharing those soon.
What Goes Under Your Tree?
Choosing Between a Tree Skirt and Tree Collar for Your Christmas Tree
When it’s time to deck the halls, much attention is given to the ornaments that will adorn your Christmas tree.
However, an often overlooked yet crucial element of tree trimming is what goes at the base: the tree skirt or tree collar.
This isn’t just a decorative afterthought—it’s a detail that can enhance the overall aesthetics of your tree and provide practical benefits.
Here’s why you should consider adding a tree skirt or collar to your holiday decor and the various styles available.
The Practical Perks
Before diving into the decorative aspects, let’s consider the functional benefits of using a tree skirt or tree collar:
- Protection: A tree skirt serves as a barrier between the tree stand and your flooring, safeguarding hardwood or carpet from scratches, moisture, or sap that may drip from the tree, especially if it’s real.
- Concealment: Both tree skirts and collars effectively hide the less-than-attractive stand or the artificial tree pole, giving your tree a seamless look from top to bottom.
- Stability: A good tree skirt can also cushion the area around the base, providing a stable platform for presents, while a sturdy tree collar can actually add to the tree’s stability.
- Cleanliness: For real trees, a skirt makes it easier to clean up fallen needles. It also acts as a catch-all for any ornament hooks or other small items that might fall from the tree, preventing them from getting lost or posing a hazard to pets and children.
Now let’s adorn our tree-trimming talk with a touch of style. The choice between a skirt and a collar can set the tone for your tree’s overall presentation, complementing the theme and color scheme of your ornaments.
DIY Christmas Tree Skirts
I have made two tree skirts for our Christmas trees, one out of felt and one out of loop yarn! I also made another tree skirt, but it’s not what you would expect!
A Loop Yarn Tree Skirt
This was such an incredible DIY. I made a blanket with loop yarn and decided I could make a tree skirt too.
To learn more about this DIY, head to How to Make a Christmas Tree Skirt.
A Felt Pom Pom Tree Skirt
This was a very easy DIY because there was no machine sewing required. I cut out felt and hand-sewed some felt balls to the edge of the skirt!
To learn more about this white tree skirt, head to How to Make A White Christmas Tree Skirt.
A Different Kind of Tree Skirt
Technically, this is a tree skirt too! So I had to share it, right? I make a skirt for my dress form every year. You can learn more at How to Make a Dress Form Christmas Tree Skirt.
Types of Christmas Tree Skirts
Tree skirts are the more traditional option and come in a plethora of styles, fabrics, and sizes to suit any decor theme.
Classic Fabric Skirts: Often quilted or made from plush materials like velvet or faux fur, these skirts can range from simple solid colors to intricate patterns, including plaids or holiday motifs.
Modern and Contemporary: For a sleeker look, you might opt for a tree skirt made from metallic materials, satin, or modern graphic prints.
Rustic Charm: Burlap skirts, sometimes adorned with lace or embroidered with holiday messages, bring a country or farmhouse feel to your Christmas tree.
Personalized Skirts: Many retailers offer the option to monogram tree skirts, adding a personalized touch to your holiday decor.
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Christmas Tree Collars
I am sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I have also made a Christmas tree collar.
I used vintage ceiling tiles to cover a wooden box.
You can learn how to make this at DIY Christmas Tree Collar.
Tree collars are a newer trend that has gained popularity for their clean lines and the polished look they provide.
Types of Christmas Tree Collars
Basket Collars: Woven tree collars add a cozy, homey feel and work beautifully with rustic or bohemian holiday themes. There are a lot of wonderful wicker tree collars.
Metal Collars: Galvanized metal collars can lean towards a farmhouse look or be painted and embellished for a more contemporary or industrial aesthetic.
Wood Collars: Whether stained, painted, or left in their natural state, wooden collars can add warmth and a handcrafted touch.
Felt or Fabric Collars: These provide the softness of a tree skirt with the structured look of a collar, offering the best of both worlds.
Glamorous Options: For those who love a bit of sparkle, there are collars adorned with sequins or metallic finishes that reflect the glow of Christmas lights.
Making the Right Choice
When deciding between a tree skirt and a tree collar, consider the following:
- Theme: What is the overall theme or style of your holiday decor? A more traditional home might benefit from the classic look of a tree skirt, while a contemporary space might suit a tree collar better.
- Tree Type: Consider the type of tree you have. Collars work best with trees that have a more uniform base, which is often the case with artificial trees.
- Pets and Children: If curious pets or small children are a factor, a tree collar might be more difficult for them to disturb than a skirt.
- Storage: Tree skirts are typically easier to store since many can be folded flat, whereas collars may take up more space.
- Budget: Tree skirts can be found at various price points, but tree collars tend to be a bit more of an investment.
The foundation of your Christmas tree is just as important as the twinkling lights and cherished ornaments. Whether you choose the draped elegance of a tree skirt or the clean silhouette of a tree collar, the base of your tree deserves just as much attention as the star on top. It’s not only a finishing touch that adds to the beauty and theme of your tree but also a practical element that enhances the cleanliness and safety of your holiday haven.
This season, as you select the perfect tree skirt or collar, think of it as the supportive friend to your Christmas tree—holding, protecting, and elevating the star of the show. With the wide variety of styles available, you’re sure to find the perfect match to complete your holiday decor, making your Christmas tree a fully dressed, festive spectacle that is both safe and stylish.
KariAnne’s Getting Ready for Christmas Post
My dear friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms is sharing her tips today! Looking for clever and unique Christmas tree skirts to decorate the Christmas tree? Today she’s sharing 14 Unique and Creative Christmas Tree Skirts for under the tree.
Click on the photo.
If you missed any of my Twelve Days of Getting Ready for Christmas, you can find them here:
- Day 1 – How to Choose Christmas Colors for Your Holiday Decor
- Day 2 – Creative Ideas for Christmas Gift Tags
- Day 3 – Stocking Stuffers for Christmas Morning
- Day 4 – Decorating with Christmas Ribbon in the Dining Room
- Day 5 – Gift Wrapping Ideas and Sunday Morning Coffee
- Day 6 – Easy Christmas Button Crafts
- Day 7 – How to Tie a Bow with Ribbon
- Day 8 – 7 Creative Ideas to Set a Christmas Table
- Day 9 – Holiday Make Ahead Party Desserts
- Day 10 – Handmade Mercury Glass Ornaments
- Day 11 – My Favorite Christmas Tree Skirts and Tree Collars
You can also find KariAnne’s amazing blog posts here:
- Day 1 – How to Choose a Christmas Theme
- Day 2 – 27 Ways To Decorate With Ornaments
- Day 3 – 21 Unique Stocking Stuffers for Christmas Morning
- Day 4 – How to Hang a Wreath On the Back of a Chair
- Day 5 – 21 Easy Gift Wrap Ideas
- Day 6 – 7 Easy and Simple Christmas Crafts
- Day 7 – How to Tie a Christmas Bow
- Day 8 – 15 Simple Ideas You Can Use to Decorate For Christmas
- Day 9 – 5 Of the BEST Food Gifts For Christmas
- Day 10 – 7 Creative Ideas For Christmas Tree Toppers
- Day 11 – 14 Unique and Creative Christmas Tree Skirts
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