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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.