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Balsam Hill Essentials: Tree Stands and Collars

A fully decorated Christmas tree is a sight to behold—a tree topper perched up high, ornaments, picks, and ribbons of different shapes and colors, and enchanting lights. However, an often overlooked detail in tree decorating is the tree base, which can be spruced up with a tree collar or tree stand.

Unskinny Boppy

Photo Courtesy of Unskinny Boppy

This article will be your guide to using tree collars and stands in your Christmas decorating.

Collars and baskets differ from tree skirts in purpose. The latter serves as a spread for gifts and an ornamental display that compliments the bottom foliage of the tree, but does not completely cover the base of the tree. Collars and baskets are purposely made to do just that.

Tree stands serve an important purpose: they are the stable base upon which the entire weight of the Christmas tree rests. However, the metallic or plastic structure—often three or four-legged—tends to take away from the romantic “realness” of a Christmas tree. This is where a tree collar or basket comes in.

Surround the Base with a Tree Collar

Woven Tree Collar

A woven tree collar imparts a natural touch to your tree

Tree collars are often shaped as conical cylinders with the purpose of concealing the tripod base of the Christmas tree. They are most commonly made of natural materials such as metal, wood, willow fibers, cattails or jute. Installation is easy, too—tree collars have a slit opening on one side and often a hinged design that you can open to slip around tree stands.

Upgrade the Tree Base with a Tree Stand

Finding Home

This tree has a more stable and beautiful base because of its tree stand (Photo Courtesy of Finding Home)

Unlike tree collars, tree stands do not conceal the tree’s metallic legs but replace them with something more stylish and stable. The tree stand’s top surface sports an opening where an artificial Christmas tree “trunk” will fit into snugly.

Wooden Rolling Tree Stand

This wooden rolling tree stand looks like a rustic crate and has roller bearings on the bottom for easy maneuvering

Like the tree collar, tree stands are made from various types of materials, though they require more rigid structures to hold the weight of an entire tree. Tree stands are often weighted on the bottom for stability, while some include eyelets and rolling wheels or bearings as added features.

Oak Barrel Tree Stand

Wine lovers will love this oak barrel-inspired tree stand

Keep in mind that you can mix and match tree stands and collars with the overall theme of your Christmas tree décor. For example, a woven tree collar would suit a French country cottage style, woodland accents, or ribbons made from natural fibers like jute and burlap. A metal tree stand would blend in well with modern and sleek decorations like the Georgetown ornament set. Beyond their functional purpose, tree stands and collars are elements to consider for style and design.

These functional yet beautiful Christmas tree accessories are just some items to consider for your holiday decorating this year. For more Christmas tree ideas and designing tips, visit www.balsamhill.com.

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  • Cindy

    So with a 7 1/2 foot 49″ wide would the wine barrel stand and or the rustic box look aesthetically correct ? What size are the trees pictures with the stands ?

  • BalsamHill

    Hi Cindy! Thanks for your interest in our tree stands! The Wine Barrel Rolling Tree Stand is 19.5″ wide, and the Rustic Wooden Rolling Tree Stand is 17.5″ wide – so both are substantial enough to provide good support for your tree, while leaving ample room for presents to be displayed around them. Both tree stands can accommodate trees with poles up to 2 inches in diameter. As for the photos, the trees featured are in the 6.5 to 7.5-foot range.