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There's nothing more festive than putting up your Christmas tree with your family and friends. But making sure the base of your tree is as wonderful as the twinkling lights is often something that is forgotten about. This year why not treat yourself to the perfect tree stand and tree skirt to complete your festive look. Here are some top tips on which ones will be best suited for you.
Having a good tree stand is essential for the festive period, no one wants the tree to topple over during Christmas dinner. Both artificial and real trees need a suitable stand to be able to keep it upright and unable to fall. The best Christmas tree stand for taller trees is one with a deeper base or good quality gripping mechanism. The taller the tree the more stability you’ll need, stands like the Santa's Train Tree Stand are perfect for this. Metal Christmas tree stands are usually better than plastic as they are durable and strong, giving your tree that much needed support.
For a real Christmas tree, you’ll need a stand that can hold water to keep your tree hydrated. For an artificial tree you can get more playful with your selection as you don’t need to keep them watered. Fun LED tree stands featuring jolly Santa characters and sleighs are an excellent alternative to the standard ones as they will turn transform the base of your tree into a beautiful festive decoration.
Tree skirts are a stylish way to hide the base of your tree, so if you’ve got a stand you don’t like or simply want to add a wonderful finishing touch to your festive look then a tree skirt will be perfect for you. Whilst they're not essential, they can help bring your tree and the space around it to life. Quick and easy to put up, simply wrap them tightly around the bottom of your tree and adjust to your liking.
The first thing you need to do is measure the diameter of the lowest branches and then work from there. The size you buy depends on what look you're trying to achieve. If you want the skirt to elegantly flow into the room to make an impression, then choose an Xmas tree skirt that’s 10-15cm bigger in diameter. If you just want it to cover up the Xmas tree holder then get one between 2.5-5cm smaller than the width of the branches. No matter what look you're going for, it's important to make sure there’s enough fabric to cover all of the base and overflow slightly.
If a traditional tree skirt isn’t for you, there’s a variety of other wonderful options you can use instead. Tree collars, a conical decorative band, are a great way to elegantly cover the base of your tree. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, why not take up a fun DIY project to create your own. You can wrap your stand up with a large piece of burlap to create a present like appearance, find an old wicker basket you can decorate to place your tree in or wrap a large cardboard box in wrapping paper to disguise your stand as a Christmas present.
The tree skirt you choose should match the rest of your Christmas décor. If you’re opting for a dazzling winter wonderland theme, then a white faux fur tree skirt will effortlessly enhance the appearance of your room. Soft and stylish, these Christmas tree skirt will help you to create a beautiful snow-like scene around the base of your tree. If you’ve got kids, a fun and colourful tree skirt featuring classic Christmas characters is sure to bring them joy. Wicker tree collars are a wonderful option if you’ve gone for more natural and rustic appearance this Christmas.
Buying a good tree stand and tree skirt you love is a great investment as they can be re-used year after year. For more festive decorating tips and ideas, have a look at our Guide to Decorating your Christmas Tree article for inspiration.