One of the trends that I have seen this year is the ultra cute and cozy Christmas tree baskets. I love how it looks traditional and yet it’s something different from the typical tree skirt (which is still a look I love). We happen to have two trees this year, one in our family room and one in our entry. Because the tree in the family room has a skirt with gifts under it, I thought that the Christmas tree basket would be perfect for the entry tree. But, I really didn’t want to buy a basket though since we are spending so much money on other areas of our home right now. When I was looking through the garage a couple weeks ago to set aside items for donations, I came across this basket.
My first thought was to donate it. It really was too big for me to use for anything purposeful and because of the large handle, it was hard to store out of sight. Then, inspiration struck, I could easily DIY a Christmas basket. If it didn’t work, no big loss since I was planning on getting rid of the basket anyways. If you don’t happen to have a large basket laying around, these can easily be found at any thrift store.
This project was probably the easiest one I’ve ever worked on. It took me about 5 minutes from start to finish. No joke.
I’m showing here in addition to the basket, wire cutters, a small saw. I ended up not needing the wire cutters since the handle was all rattan. I also used a Sawzall for the round hole in the center, but if you don’t have that, you don’t need it. Any sharp small saw or even a knife would work. I remember watching my mom cut molding to install for her dining room with a Ginzu knife (remember those!). So, a knife works!
Simply cut the handles off.
Cut a hole in the top of the basket. I made it as small as possible since our tree for the entry isn’t very full and since it’s artificial the trunk is super small. You can customize the size of the whole to whatever works for you. Turn the newly made Christmas tree basket upside down and place your tree in the basket.And there you have it. The easiest Christmas basket ever. Next year I might end up painting this, or keeping it as is, but for this year it’s perfect. (BTW, those paper chains were made by my husband when he was a kid! Miraculously they have survived all these years!)