I know, I know, it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but I’ve got to show you how to make this custom painted Christmas tree collar now. If I wait until after Thanksgiving, it’ll be too late for those of you who put your tree up early. So excuse the rush for Christmas! First off, what’s a Christmas tree collar? It’s anything that goes around the bottom of your tree stand, other than a tree skirt. You can even use an old galvanized tub, a gigantic wicker basket, a crate or wood box, or a galvanized collar, like the one I show below.
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller
I ordered mine the day after Christmas, last year from Crate and Barrel. It was drastically marked down and with free shipping. You know me, anyway to save money is a good thing. I shared this on my Instagram and Facebook page last year, saying I had plans for it.
Mr. Cottage and I decided the collar might actually work better for us because of his train. If you look closely above, the ends of the tree skirt comes directly under the tracks, which isn’t good because it puts the track on an angle. We didn’t even bother putting the train out last year. I made this tree skirt years ago, which is quilted with felt glued on top. I ended up giving it to our youngest son so Corbin can enjoy it.
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To make sure you’re putting everything on straight, I used a T square and lightly marked a line from top to bottom with a pencil.
Now I wish I could tell you how to make this with your Cricut Air, Cricut Maker or Silhouette, but they’re still on my wishlist. Fingers crossed, I’ll get one soon. In the meantime, I painted my own custom sign the way I always have. I used PicMonkey to create my own wording and fonts, along with the above that I printed off from something I saw online. If you do the latter, ONLY USE IT FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE and do not continue to reproduce it. You can see what I did use from it and what I changed. I used artist graphite paper to transfer the lettering to the tree collar. You can also use just regular craft transfer paper. Make sure the transfer side is towards the tree collar and not facing the back of your paper. Don’t laugh, I’ve done this numerous times myself. Using a pencil, go over everything you want to transfer.
I had all the paints, but when I went to paint the red lettering, all I had was Primary Red craft paint. It didn’t cover well, plus it looked dull and drab as it dried. So I switched to a brighter red. You can see the difference in the letter H.
I went through all my acrylic heavy body paints and this was the only red I had, so this is what I used. I didn’t buy anything for this project except for the tree collar.
I decided to paint a green tree in place of the A in Christmas so I used Folk Art, Irish Moss. After everything is dried, take a really good eraser and erase all pencil and graphite marks that might be showing. Then spray it with Krylon Matte Finish Spray.
The painting takes up little space and if you switch the tree collar around, no one will be able to see it. You can use it either way!
If you have a Cricut or a Silhouette, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you have, the model number and if you like it. Just trying to decide which one I want.
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