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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Can Figure This Out!

Don't you just love it when you get the perfect idea in your mind? ...And have no idea how to make it work?! That would be me with my garden pot tree stand.  In my mind it was perfect and in fact it did turn out that way....after a bit!

First, I started with one of these. Remember the Funky Garden Pots? They're 20 inches in diameter and 18 inches tall.

I had been collecting empty wire spools from work planning to make them into outdoor tables with torches for next summer....that might possibly still happen .....I just needed to redirect for a short time.

I had two sizes available and after playing around with them for a time minute or two, I came up with a plan.
Upside Down!

I took apart the 12" diameter wire spool to get the two disks.  Next I found some scrap wood that would fit in the bottom of the pot and give a little extra height and secured them all together with some 2" and 2 1/2" screws I had available.

 Then I dropped it into the pot - disk side up.

The two disks together created a little indentation in the center for the metal base of the tree trunk to set in. I lined the hole with some 1/4 inch gasket that work was going to throw out. One man's trash....

Next I placed the 18 inch diameter wire spool on top of the small one in the pot (maybe next year I'll secure the two together). I used the gasket in the top hole as well.

Since there was still some space around the edges, I search for something to wedge in and found 8 very thick placemats. I folded two together until they were thick enough to wedge it in tight. Sorry no pic of that.

And this is what it looked like with the base of the tree set in. The rubber mallet easily removed the plastic fixture at the base of the tree trunk that the plastic feet slid into. No plastic was injured in the process.

I purchased some inexpensive red material to place over the top of the wood under the branches...because if I didn't it would drive me nuts!

And here is the final result!

And here is my newest favorite ornament! (Thank you, Neen!)

Next year I might have to have two potted Christmas trees! Okay...truth....already planning it.


  1. What a great idea! I love those garden pots! You had me at gray and white stripe!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment! The 12 days of Christmas was so much fun!

    Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


    1. Thank you, Karianne, not only for your comment itself, but for taking the time to stop by!

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  3. I love the gray stripes and the fact that you made it work, no matter what! The tree looks great in it!
    Have a great 2013, Guerrina!

  4. What a clever idea....I love the stripes on the pots too! Just beautiful....I can see why you want TWO next year :o)
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you, Des, for stopping by! I do love those stripes and considering a 4 footer in my back hall next more of a Christmas shrub!