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Fresh Holiday Ideas:
Christmas Trees in Unique Containers!

by | Nov 29, 2009 | Christmas, Christmas Decorating

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Fresh Holiday Ideas: <br> Christmas Trees in Unique Containers!

I saw this Christmas Tree in a basket over at Southern Living. I love the idea of breaking away from the expected green and red metal stands and “Christmas tree skirts” and putting the tree in a more charming container instead!

Over the years we have spent many hours cursing Christmas trees that won’t stand up, so I am not entirely sure if this basket idea would actually work for a large tree. Even with a stand inside the basket it might be a little tipsy. But I think it is worth a try!

Fresh Holiday Ideas: <br> Christmas Trees in Unique Containers!

I also love this tree in a big metal tub seen in Country Living magazine. Another charming and interesting idea for thinking outside of the traditional stand and Christmas tree skirt.

Fresh Holiday Ideas: <br> Christmas Trees in Unique Containers!

In this same home they put a smaller tree in a white pot and yet another tree in a large bowl! (via Country Living).

Fresh Holiday Ideas: <br> Christmas Trees in Unique Containers!Lantliv i Norregard

I love this Christmas tree in a wood crate!

Fresh Holiday Ideas: <br> Christmas Trees in Unique Containers!

This room from Coastal Living has a tree in a small white bucket with a handle. So cute!

I’m loving the simple creative touch of a unique Christmas tree container!

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  1. Julia

    That first tree is so simple and beautiful. I can’t imagine putting my tree in a bucket or a basket, but it looks pretty! :-)

  2. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    I adore these ideas.

    This year I swathed our tree in burlap and a white vintage petticoat. I am loving it more than anything I saw in the stores.

    Tomorrow I start 3 weeks of craft and gift tutorials.

    Come by and enter my GIVEAWAY.
    .-= Laura Ingalls Gunn´s last blog ..GIVEAWAY~ Second Annual Black Friday Freebie =-.

  3. Abbie

    Those DO look nice! I’ve been trying to decide what to use for our tree this year – I don’t have anything currently, but I agree that it may be hard to get it to stand up!
    .-= Abbie´s last blog ..Thankful for … =-.

  4. Kmart Design

    Great ideas – we love the Country Living two trees especially. (Our Chief Home Designer shared some holdiay decorating tips with Jaclyn Smith here: )

  5. Christi

    Love these fun ideas!
    .-= Christi´s last blog ..disjointed =-.

  6. Lillian

    LOVING all of these! Especially amongst the simple and neutral decor!
    .-= Lillian @ Domestic Simplicity´s last blog ..My Cup Runneth Over =-.

  7. Renae

    My favorite is the basket in the first picture….but I am with you…not sure how it would stand up AND to find a basket big enough for the tree stand to fit in. I like the idea too of one of your readers to swathe the base in burlap…may just do that!
    Blessings….thanks for finding these great ideas!
    .-= Renae´s last blog ..Happy Thanksgiving! =-.

  8. Stacy

    I have always loved the way these containers look. My practical side has always wondered how hard it would be to water a tree if placed in one of these containers. I guess you don’t know until you give it a try and from what I see the end result to be I would say well worth it!
    .-= Stacy @ Red Door Home´s last blog ..Favorite Housewarming Gift =-.

  9. pam rosenberg

    This is interesting. I probably need a tree intervention but because I have several trees I might give this a try. I have one tree skirt that I could never give up …. well at least not yet, but I must admit that I really like this clean look of a container. I’m thinking a large popcorn bucket for a smaller tree in the movie room, or a champagne bucket for a table top tree in the dining room. The options are endless!!! :)
    .-= pam rosenberg´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Thoughts =-.

  10. Amanda-TheEckLife

    LOVE the one in the basket-our tree is a 12 footer- so putting it “in” something might be a challenge. I wonder if I could make a box to go around it out of bead board-maybe hinge it and just wrap it around the base (kind fencing it in so to speak) hmmmm
    .-= Amanda-TheEckLife´s last blog ..front porch sneak peek =-.

  11. The Stylish House

    These are fun containers. I’ve used a decorative garden urn for my living room tree the past few years. It gave my tree the added height it needed, and an elegant look!
    .-= The Stylish House´s last blog ..Christmas Mantle Swag Tutorial =-.

  12. Jessica at Lavender & Lilies

    I have toyed with that idea as well. I thought our tree was far too big to be in a basket but I love the smaller trees in cute containers especially when they are in urns. So cute.
    .-= Jessica at Lavender & Lilies´s last blog ..Mint & Gray =-.

  13. Aaron

    I love this. I need a way to cover up the pole at the bottom of my dinky fake tree.
    .-= Aaron ´s last blog ..Transformed Costco Wreath =-.

  14. Chelsey

    What if you cut out the bottom of the basket and cut down the side to simply wrap it around your tree? That way you’re not worrying about the tree toppling over because of the unsteady basket. You could always sew the basket back up once it was on the tree. Of course, that would render the basket unusable for any other purpose, but it’s worth a thought.

  15. Jess

    I think the bucket one might solve the age old dilemma of keeping your pets from drinking all the water out of the tree. Brilliant!
    .-= Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish´s last blog ..Wish Lists – What’s on yours? =-.

  16. gina

    LOVEd this post. totally insoired me and let me tell you, thinking outside of the box, er, bucket is fun!!
    .-= gina´s last blog ..unique tree stand ideas =-.

  17. LaPriel

    I enjoy your blog! I was wondering if you could post some ideas about decorating garden fountains for the holidays? Thank you,

  18. thatgirlblogs

    and now the tree we choose MUST fit into our galvanized bucket. b/c it looks way. too. cute.

  19. thicket dweller

    I’m guessing that the trees in the basket and tub are balled trees–trees that have the roots attached and will be planted after use. When we did a balled tree, we put ours in a galvanized tub, too. Love that look.
    .-= thicket dweller´s last blog ..::: it’s been a hard day’s night ::: =-.

  20. Victoria

    S pretty – I have wanted to do this for years but I think it wold only work if you had a live balled tree. I have yet to find a basket or tub that would accomodate a large tree stand!
    .-= Victoria´s last blog ..our thanksgiving =-.

  21. Pinky

    We have a 10 foot tree and I would LOVE to find a HUGE pot to put it in! Maybe next year!!!!

  22. melissa owczarzak

    I love these ideas so much. I have a massive iron urn that I want to use but it would only work for an artificial tree as it’s too narrow to fit the tree stand : (


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