Thursday, December 13, 2012

Simple Country Tree and The Best Stand for a Real Tree

We always have a real tree. Artificial for our main tree is not allowed. I suggested one one year and thought they were going to throw me out in the road as the car was moving. Anyway, back to our stand. We have the usual three legged stand with a water bowl but with wood floors I was always so worried about spillage and water ruining my wood floors. I tried putting plastic under there and that was messy. One year I saw the old galvanized tub hanging in the garage and thought what a perfect country accent for our tree. So husband modified the stand by just cutting the legs off a few inches and we know set the whole stand in the tub. I can fill the water bowl with no worries. My husband even put those felt sticky tabs under the tub so it would not scratch the floor.


I can never find a tree topper that I love so we combined a wooden star and candy cane with some berry sprigs found at Target. I love it. Of course hubby did it and I walked in the room and said,"Hey, I finally love the top of the tree. It is simple with some splashes of red."


Our tree is very basic. Lights, family ornaments and a splash of red.





20 comments:

Ms. Redo said...

A perfect tree, and a perfect topper by your husband. Bet it smells yummy, too! Mary

20 North Ora said...

Love the top of your tree. Also, the washtub stand. Great idea!

Judy

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

This is my 2nd year of putting the tree in a galvanized tub -- LOVE it. Your tree is gorgeous :)

Blessings!
Gail

nancy said...

I love fresh trees, but with allergies (and the expense) it's fake for us. Much easier on the breathing... and sustainable. We actually got ours at a thrift store, big and it was $5.00. Can't beat that! I will buy a little fresh greenery for the nice piney scent...

Angela ~ Call Her Blessed said...

love the tub =)

Simply Shelley said...

Beautiful tree...I would love to have a real tree for Christmas...its been a very long time.....Christmas blessings to you and yours

Michelle said...

The topper is lovely. I love a real tree. They beat a fake one every time. Unfortunately our dogs love them too.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your tree is lovely! I love the idea of using the washtub for the stand, but I always forget until I've got the whole thing decorated. I think I'll attach a note to myself inside the box of decorations when I put things away, so NEXT year I'll remember.

Kris said...

It is beautiful! And I love a tree in a tub!!!!
xo Kris

marejohn said...

Absolute perfection!

pembrokeshire lass said...

What a good idea for a stand. I have a humongous pottery bowl that I use and works very well. Love your tree decs as well! Joan

Zohreh Marashi said...

Hi!I'm new to your blog .I love your kitchen .xx zohreh

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Love simple family oriented trees! And the galvanized tub is great! So pretty!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

that is too funny about the artificial tree. i prefer them because i am allergic to real trees ...found that out as a kid. i would always get a rash on my face when they were around. love your tree topper... such a great idea. i always feel sorry for the angel personally. ouchy!! i have a tigger holding a star & it moves around if you allow it to .. .. don't want the tree to fall over. my mom using a bright star... love it. your topper is so perfect. sparkle & all ... fun. thanks, for sharing. i love your family's style. ( :

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your tree is fabulous and the tub is wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Kerin said...

Looks like you've found the perfect solution for your county Christmas tree :)

Love the topper too... so darling.

Have a great weekend!!

Cindy said...

Hey, that's a great idea to use a galvanized tube under the stand. We use the plastic underneath, with an old quilt covering the stand. But I might try your idea next year. Your tree is lovely. We also decorate our main tree with family made and given ornaments.

ImSoVintage said...

The galvanized bucket is a great idea. One of my worst Christmas memories from childhood was the year my dad ruined the hardwood floors with his homemade cast iron stand. I think the tree topper idea is wonderful.

Hugs,
Laura

Dina said...

I really want to put my tree in a tub or whiskey barrel, but we use the type of stand where a hole is drilled into the base of the tree and a spike stand is put in it and then the legs are attached. The tree is ALWAYS straight and super stable, but the diameter of the legs is so large it would require a pond sized tub! :(

Mitzi said...

What a beautiful tree! Love the tub idea for a tree stand for real trees! And that topper is absolutely gorgeous! The hubby did a good job!

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