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Ways to dress the base of your Christmas tree

Ways to dress the base of your Christmas tree

When you’re thinking about how to decorate your Christmas tree, it’s easy to focus on the main part – what type of tree to have, and what goes on the branches – and think less about how the bottom looks. But in a way, this is the bit that needs most thought, as it tends to look the most neglected. Here are a few simple ways you can help to dress it for the occasion…

Use your stack of presents

This one might seem a bit obvious, but if you’re short on time and materials, it’s a fast and practical way to hide the tree trunk. It also creates a real sense of anticipation and saves you carrying piles of gifts from another room on Christmas morning. It’s a good idea to co-ordinate your gift wrap, though, so the colours work with your trimmings. And if you’ve got too many small boxes, fill in the gaps with some bigger ones to even things out (it doesn’t matter if they’re empty).

Make a festive scene

Maybe you’ve got a decoration for your tree base that you bring out every year, but want to make it more interesting. Or perhaps you like putting the tree in a simple pot, but just want to add something extra on Christmas Day itself. If so, grouping small, moveable objects around the bottom is a great idea. In our collection of festive accessories, there are mini wooden and ceramic trees that’ll look lovely clustered round a bigger tree. Or for something more playful, gather together our Mr Frost and Mrs Frost snowmen, Sherlock and Watson birds and Ma and Jasper polar bears. They’re all in pale whites and greys, so they’ll still look sophisticated.

Go rustic with wicker and wood

Whether your tree’s decked in traditional reds and greens or more modern white and mercurised silver, putting it in a basket looks lovely as the natural material will complement the foliage. Our Somerton willow baskets are ideal (the round log baskets work especially well). Wood’s another idea that’ll echo the tree’s natural beauty – in a large space with a large tree, try our Bibury oak garden planter, or for something more polished, the Southrop painted version.

Add some softness with sheepskins

Sheepskins are all about winter cosiness, and again, they’re a natural material, so they go beautifully with a tree’s greenery. If you’re using a basket or wooden holder, they look great peeping over the edge to add a bit of softness (try our Southdown cream sheepskin if your decorations are pale, or the grey Herdwick one for darker colours). Or you could just arrange three or four sheepskins around the base of the tree instead of a tree skirt, with Christmas stockings propped around the trunk for a bit more texture.

Wrap it up with paper or fabric

Wrapping the bottom of your tree’s a simple way to make a basic holder feel more festive. For a subtle look, old-fashioned brown paper or unbleached linen goes well with foliage. Or for something that’ll catch the light, try our Coppice wrapping paper, a print of tiny pine trees in bronze on black. You could match it with the presents under the tree, too. Or, for something with more drama, try our Isla velvets in a shade that matches the rest of your trimmings. You don’t need to do any sewing – wrapping the holder and stapling in place should be enough.

Greenery and garlands

If you’ve got one of our Albert trees, and you like the idea of playing up its greenery, decorating the base in the same colour will make it feel even more life-like. Wrap pine garlands around the holder – you can either cover it up completely, or use just a couple smaller ones to let the material underneath show through. Metallic or light garlands are a bit more high-impact if this suits your decor – our Oralie gold wire bud garland and Lanesborough strand lights look twinkly without being garish.

Repurpose vintage finds

For something a bit unexpected, you could use a found object or vintage vessel to hold your tree. Things that work well include old wooden barrels and crates, terracotta plant pots or even metal pails and buckets. They’ll give a more relaxed feel to your room, but you can always dress them up with lights or tinsel too. As with any holder, just make sure its proportions match the size of the tree.

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