This DIY Christmas Tree Stand Makes Your Fake Fir Look Real (and Taller!)

An exposed tree base is a dead giveaway that your fir is fake. Upgrade yours with a wooden stand that hides its metal legs and even makes your tree appear taller!

How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

You’ve adorned every limb with baubles, tinsel, and ribbon, but what’s a fully decorated tree if its base remains bare? This year, instead of leaving it exposed or simply draping a blanket around it on the floor, build the perfect finishing touch for your fake tree: a DIY Christmas tree stand. This boxy wooden base will elevate your tree both figuratively and literally by raising it 7-½ inches off the floor—perfect for showcasing your decorations and providing plenty of room for Christmas presents.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

MATERIALS AND TOOLS Available on Amazon
1×3 lumber (40 feet)
2×3 lumber (6 feet)
Handsaw
Carpenter’s square
Wood glue
1inch nails
Hammer
Palm sander
60 and 120grit sandpaper
¾inch corner molding (or larger)
2inch metal brackets (4)
Cordless drill
1½inch screws
 6mm plywood
Jigsaw (optional)
Pencil
 Stain
Varnish
Brush



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 1
Measure the diameter of your metal tree stand before diving right in. These instructions build a wooden box with a high bottom to fit stands that are 17 inches across, but it can be adjusted to accommodate the wider ones meant for extremely large trees.

Start with the box sides. Cut your 1x3s (which will actually measure to be ¾ inches by 2-½ inches) into 20 slats that are each 19 inches long; you should be able to get four from each length. Then, cut your 2×3 lumber (which measure to be 1-½ inches by 2-½ inches) into four 12-½”-long pieces to reinforce the corners of the box.

To assemble the first side of the box, place two 2x3s next to one another, positioned so that their 2-½-inch side faces up and they have about 14 inches between them. Lay five 1x3s across the top of both and attach them with wood glue and 1-inch nails (two in each end). Use a square as needed to help keep your DIY Christmas tree stand’s lines perfectly straight. Repeat this process to create a second identical box side.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 2
Once the glue is dry, stand both sides vertically (with the 2×3 ends in the air) so that they face each other 14-½ inches apart. Check again that your sides are square to one another, and fasten five lumber pieces across the two sides using wood glue and nails.

Repeat on the other open side.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 3
Sand the outside of the box, especially on the edges. You can start with a 60-grit sandpaper and finish with a 120-grit for a nice smooth finish.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 4
Cut corner molding (any size larger than ¾-inch by ¾-inch works well here) into four pieces that are all 12-½ inches long. Glue those L-shaped onto the outside of each corner on the DIY Christmas tree stand to hide the nails and the boards’ exposed edges.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 5
Measure five inches down from the top of the box and mark on each corner 2×3. Then, secure 2-inch metal brackets at each mark by boring 1-½-inch screws directly into the corners of the DIY Christmas tree stand. Those four brackets will hold the plywood board (see Step 6), which supports the weight of the tree.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 6
Cut a 19-inch by 17-½-inch rectangle from the 6mm plywood board. (It’s easier to do with a jigsaw, but it totally works with a handsaw, too.)

Then, you’ll need to make notches in the corners so that it can lower into the box, between the 1×3 edges and around the 2x3s. The easiest way to do this is to lift the entire box and place it on top of the plywood board, positioned just so that only the plywood’s corners are covered. Trace around the 2x3s at the corners, then lift the box away so that you can cut them out.

Sand the board’s edges and any raised grain.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 7
Slide the board with notched edges into the top of the DIY Christmas tree stand. Since we’ve sized it for a snug fit, you can pretty much count on it not moving around too much. Just apply a little construction adhesive to the tops of the brackets to hold the plywood in place.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 8
Stain or paint your DIY Christmas tree stand. We chose a very light coat for ours, which is versatile enough to work with a Scandinavian white-and-wood wintry theme one year and buffalo check and country Christmas decorations the next.

After the finish has dried following the manufacturer’s recommendations, apply a coat of varnish on top to help it last for many holidays to come.



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

STEP 9
Place the feet of your artificial tree inside the top of this DIY Christmas tree stand, cover with batting to look like snow or burlap, and you’re all set to decorate. Merry Christmas!



How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

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How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila

Ama is a DIY addict and the creative mind behind Ohoh Blog. She likes home decor, lighting, and furniture projects that may involve painting, sewing, drilling…no matter the technique! Whatever she has on hand is inspiration to create, and fodder for her serious addiction to upcycling.