Flocked Christmas tree with a wood crate tree skirt

Learn how to build a reclaimed wood crate Christmas tree skirt from pallet wood! Includes how to stencil shipping crate details. Looks beautiful with a flocked tree! #funkyjunkinteriors #christmastrees #christmastreeskirt

‘Tis the season to finally share this year’s Christmas tree!

But the reveal also comes with a new build… so I bring you this year’s flocked Christmas tree with a DIY wood crate tree skirt!

I desired this year’s Christmas theme to be ‘antiques’. So with a new flocked tree, I felt a woodsy base would look good with the tree and chime in well with antiques!

First I’ll share how I built this super cool and easy DIY wood crate tree skirt with scrap wood, then share more about the tree and the reveal right after!

You know I’m good for at least 100+ pictures by now, yes?

Disclosure: this post contains some Amazon affiliate links. I receive complimentary Fusion Mineral Paint for my projects, however I only use and write about products I love. All opinions are my own.

How to build a wood crate tree skirt

 

Supplies I used:

8 Reclaimed wood fence planks, measuring

Pallet wood – cut to fit

Christmas Crates stencil from HERE

Larger Burlap sand bags – 4

Thick rope – 3 feet

4 metal pipe brackets

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black

Stencil brush

Cordless drill and drywall screws

Miter saw

Palm sander

How to build a reclaimed wood Christmas tree crate skirt from chippy white wood.

Do you remember my chippy white reclaimed wood tree skirt last year HERE?

This one is built much the same way but in a different style.

Learn how to turn fence planks into a charming rustic farmhouse tree skirt!

1. Cut 8 wood planks all the same size that clears the tree stand. My planks measured 32″ x 6″ each.

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Since the tree was already up, this build is built around the already standing tree! Yup… no big planning required in these parts. Put the tree up then figure it all out later.

The tree stand was measured, then I cut 8 wood planks all the same size that would be larger than the tree stand itself.

Learn how to build a simple reclaimed wood rustic Christmas tree skirt from fence planks and pallet wood! Easy instructions.

2. Circle 4 planks around the tree stand.

3. Screw all four corners together.

4. Create another row of 4 attached planks, then stack them one on top of the other as pictured.

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Once the tree was standing in place, I outfitted the first layer of planks into a square, circling the tree.

The corners were then screwed together.

Then I created another row, placing it loosely on top creating the double plank look.

Learn how to build a simple reclaimed wood rustic Christmas tree skirt from fence planks and pallet wood! Easy instructions.

Learn how to build a simple reclaimed wood rustic Christmas tree skirt from fence planks and pallet wood! Easy instructions.

Building tip:

The build went super fast, thanks to pre-drilling all the corner holes first, then outfitting screws in each one before assembling. 

Kinda like making your own Ikea kit!

Learn how to build a simple reclaimed wood rustic Christmas tree skirt from fence planks and pallet wood! Easy instructions.

5. Cut 3 vertical boards the height of your tree skirt. Mine measured 12″ x 3.5″.

6. Along the front, attach two on the sides and one in the middle with screws.

7. For angled boards, hold on an angle, then mark where to cut them and cut with a saw.

8. Attach angled boards into place with screws.

9. Cut 6 more vertical boards to corner-wrap each corner, and cut more angled boards if you wish to do the sides and back too.

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Next came the styling!

Grabbing some pallet wood, I started with 3 pallet wood planks cut to fit vertically attached with screws along the front.

This also helped secure the two layers of boards together.

Two planks were then angled, and cut to fit to give the tree skirt a barn door appearance.

Learn how to build a simple reclaimed wood rustic Christmas tree skirt from fence planks and pallet wood! Easy instructions.

Cute, right?!

Although fitting, the word FARM is there because I borrowed the wood from THIS past sign! 

I do that lots. Borrow wood from other wood projects. It helps keeps the amount of clutter at bay and saves me from having to source new wood all the time.

And that is why I build with screws…

Once I was happy with this look, I cut more vertical boards and completed all four corners.

Learn how to build this reclaimed wood rustic farmhouse tree skirt with thick rope handles. Easy tutorial!

But I ran out of pallet wood to finish the barn door look on the sides!

Instead, I head to Home Depot and picked up 3 feet of super thick rope and brackets, cut the rope in half, then attached two decorative rope handles on the sides with 2 pipe brackets each.

Rustic and cute! And not too matchy-matchy, which works for me.

Burlap sand bags were used to create a faux root ball at the base of this flocked Christmas tree inside a rustic crate tree skirt.

I also wanted to hide the tree stand as it showed. So I head to our local hardware store called Allenby’s and picked up a few cheap burlap sandbags.

Pillows were placed inside the tree skirt to create some bulk, with the sandbags on top to mimic a burlap root ball look.

Learn how to add authentic crate markings on burlap and wood with a Christmas Crates stencil!

Learn how to add authentic crate markings on burlap and wood with a Christmas Crates stencil!

And that’s when this little brainstorm transpired. Why not stamp up the burlap sack to suit?

So I grabbed the Christmas Crates stencil and a little Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint and strategically stenciled the burlap sandbag here and there to resemble the tree having been shipped from the North Pole.

I immediately loved it! And found this part hard to stop…

Learn how to add authentic crate markings on burlap and wood with a Christmas Crates stencil!

So I didn’t!

I continued to stencil on random Christmas Crate stencil sayings on the corners, sides, angled boards of the tree skirt until I was happy with the look.

See how imperfect the above corner fit together? Bet you barely noticed. That was because of warped wood, but a crate isn’t perfect anyway, so it worked.

Rustic builds are VERY forgiving! Thank goodness for me…

Learn how to make this easy DIY reclaimed wood Christmas tree crate skirt from pallet wood, burlap sand bags and ropes. Very rustic farmhouse!

I sanded down North Pole Approved on the angled boards so it would appear barley there as to not fight with the burlap Made In The North Pole.

Subtle, but still there. Perfect!

Learn how to make this easy DIY reclaimed wood Christmas tree crate skirt from pallet wood, burlap sand bags and ropes. Very rustic farmhouse!

And there my friends, is how I made this farmhouse crate Christmas tree skirt! Isn’t it cute? This is my fav tree skirt to date!

Then it was time to decorate the Christmas tree.

Take in this 7.5' Berkshire flocked Christmas tree with heavy snow on the branches. It looks stunning tucked into a rustic reclaimed wood DIY tree skirt!

About the flocked faux Christmas tree

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My friend Susan and I head to Hobby Lobby in Bellingham, Washington awhile back. When I spotted this faux flocked tree, I fell hard for it.

Update: I’ve since seen it in Home Depot, Canada as well.

It is a Berkshire 7.5′ Flocked Tree, with 852 tips with warm lights. And it’s amazing!

I’m pretty sure the one linked below is the same tree, although my tree reads as having 700 lights.

I found it very unique with its big fluffy soft needles appearing heavy under the weight of fresh wet fallen snow, just like the kind of snow we get on the west coast.

I was sold! Sorda. We didn’t get them until I saw my friend Jane from Grit Antiques on her Instagram stories pick up the SAME TREE I had just shared on my Insta Stories! WELL! That day, I called up Susan and we BOTH went back to get our own trees!

Never say social media doesn’t sell…

I was ready for this change for all kinds of reasons. 

While I adore and prefer real trees, I lost going out in the cold to cut down a real tree when my son moved out. So I was ready to try something a little more convenient this year so I could also put it up earlier.

Plus, it was flocked which I had desired for YEARS… and it was my first pre-lit!

Oh my goodness, this was so easy.

Enough jibber jabber! Below is the fully decorated tree…

Learn how to build a reclaimed wood crate Christmas tree skirt from pallet wood! Includes how to stencil shipping crate details. Looks beautiful with a flocked tree! #funkyjunkinteriors #christmastrees #christmastreeskirt

Antiques themed Christmas Tree

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Say hello to this year’s new cutie-pie flocked Christmas tree with a wood crate tree skirt all decked out!

The antiques theme all started because of those decadent wood skis I landed at Switzer’s Antiques awhile back. As soon as I spotted them, they HAD to come home with me! I cleaned them up, then oiled them with hemp oil to bring them back to life. Then set out to marry them with anything else I could bring up from my own stash.

I then brought out some twisted twig garland, spun that around the tree, then decorated the tree with various neutrals and antiques with the odd shot of red to liven it up.

Learn how to make a Reindeer Feed santa sack from a burlap sandbag, and custom wrap presents using stencils on the ribbon and paper with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

How to make the Reindeer Feed Santa Sack HERE

A red and wood antique sleigh was perfect to hold presents and the Reindeer Feed santa sack I made awhile back. It all fit so well!

I also stenciled some thick burlap ribbon with Christmas Crates stencil, then added it to the packages wrapped with brown paper wrap and a coordinating paper I happened to have (what luck!), completing the neutral shipping crate theme. I love the neutral, rustic look!

Learn how this vintage frame became a Christmas Countdown Bingo bulletin board, that now sits at the base of the Christmas tree with reclaimed wood tree skirt.

How to make the Christmas Countdown Bingo Bulletin Board HERE

And on the right side of the tree is the vintage-styled Christmas Bingo Countdown I showed you in THIS post.

The antique frame was perfect for this look, and of course, the countdown suits what this tree is all about in the first place!

The buffalo check ribbon is another DIY. I stenciled Buffalo Check on top of a thick burlap ribbon to add that pretty pattern. 

Pops of red included an antique train lantern and the odd little faux trees brought the whole look together.

Learn how to build a reclaimed wood crate Christmas tree skirt from pallet wood! Includes how to stencil shipping crate details. Looks beautiful with a flocked tree! #funkyjunkinteriors #christmastrees #christmastreeskirt

 

While I did have some 2nd thoughts about going faux this year (it’s hard to go back from real!), once the Christmas living room and tree was all in place, I’m really loving the outcome and have really enjoyed how oh so very easy this was!

And I do love the flocked tree. It really help keeps the house light and bright.

Learn how to build a reclaimed wood crate Christmas tree skirt from pallet wood! Includes how to stencil shipping crate details. Looks beautiful with a flocked tree! #funkyjunkinteriors #christmastrees #christmastreeskirt

And with that my friends… this year’s flocked Christmas tree with a wood crate tree skirt is a wrap! 

What do you think of this year’s snowy look?

Did you go with a real or faux this year? Tell me all about your tree!

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Learn how to DIY this easy Christmas Tree Crate Skirt with scrap wood! Includes crate stamps with stencils and burlap rootbag details. Click for full tutorial. #funkyjunkinteriors #christmastrees #christmastreeskirt

.Other related posts you may enjoy:

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  1. Love this!! You have so many great ideas and builds. Keep decorating. Hope you have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. I am channeling my inner Donna this Christmas… since we started flocking our tree – this is the 4th year – I have been using big burlap coffee bags from the farm store as the skirt. Not quite right, but they work. Sunday is girls craft day and my craft is making a new tree skirt with the Christmas stencils.

  3. Wow! That crate you just “whipped together “ is so great! I just love every single detail of your Christmas display! Really, that tree collar crate design could be sold to a retailer…
    Thanks for all the year round pleasure of reading your creative blog. Merry Christmas!

  4. Now that is my kind of Christmas! The tree, the skirt…everything about this Christmas vignette has me swooning. I was just saying the other day that next year I want to do away with a traditional tree skirt and do ? instead. Well, I think I just found that ? And I just got your wonderful crate stencil to embellish it with. Thanks for the inspiration, Donna! Wishing you a Very Merry Old Fashioned Christmas!

  5. Wow! I just love how you “whip together “ such great projects! The tree collar crate is fabulous and seriously, the design could be sold to a retailer! Every detail of your display is wonderful and in my opinion your details are what make your design projects so unique. Thanks for the year round pleasure of reading your blog, and Merry Christmas!

  6. I LOVE your flocked tree! I just gave my daughter a petite white, flocked tree I bought at a consignment store…it was so pretty on this antique table I painted a deep teal! But I’ve been missing the flocked look…we live down I-5 from you at the bottom of Oregon (Ashland) and get snow occasionally (had it on our ground over our Thanksgiving week) but it’s definitely something that happens so infrequently that we look forward to it! So faux snow it is for my next “after Christmas” shopping list!
    Hmmm. I am headed to Hobby Lobby this morning…so I will check out your tree in person! Much love to you and yours and Happy Christmas!

  7. Donna,

    Great ideas! Love your tree and everything around it. Our tree is very small with tiny Volkswagen buses and tiny green trees tied on top of the buses. Also, tea light snowmen to light up the tree. Merry Christmas from California.

  8. Your tree and crate skirt are wonderful. I’m partial to a real tree, but your flocked one is beautiful and so much easier than the real thing. I like your crate skirt so much better than any of those wrap around varieties you see available this season. The burlap bag touches really soften the whole look and your stenciled additions are just perfect. Well done!
    Happy Holidays!

  9. I love everything about this! Our Christmas tree belonged to my Great Aunt. I have it in our bay window sitting on an antique crate with my same Aunt’s fur collar (from a coat) as the tree skirt! I love it, but our girls wish for a bigger tree, as ours is a bit of a Charlie Brown one! ha! Do you find the flock messy at all? I love the look but wonder if I would regret the mess it might make?

  10. Flocked looks so pretty and airy. Especially in your living room with all the white furniture Donna. This year I used some crates to add height to my tree and also to keep some of that rustic look in the room that I so love.

  11. Yes, flocked trees keep the house so light and bright! That’s why I love them. We actually have a small town tree place nearby that flocks fresh trees each year. I love that it’s real & that I’m supporting a small biz, too. Almost went fake this year, but couldn’t stomach the sticker price. Also just don’t have the storage space! Love your whole “antique” look this year! Those skis are awesome!

  12. Hi 🙂
    I’ll start off by saying (and I hate to admit this!), that it’s been awhile since I last visited your blog, maybe a year or so…Yikes!😮 (I’m sorry! Here comes the good part, lol!) I just spent over an hour scrolling thru your Christmas ideas/projects & looking at the beautifully, festive pics and I want to say that I still love everything about it! Style, projects, sense of humor…all of it! Thank you for the inspiration♡♡♡

    Wishing you a very, Merry Christmas!
    Sincerely,
    Debbie

  13. OMGoodness, she is a beauty!! I love, love, love the flocking and all done up, she turned so dang pretty and I can’t find a thing I don’t like about her!! Great job on the hand built wooden tree “skirt”…I love a real tree, too, but for the price and the natural look of your tree is amazing! If I had the room to store a tree like that, I would run and get one. Great decorating!! Merry Christmas and God Bless…..