Pinecone Tree Stand
A pyramid of dried pinecones dressed with silver spray paint conceals the tree stand of this Fraser fir.
Photography: Lucas Allen
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
Unpainted pinecones also make a decorative camouflage for the base of a Christmas tree, and blend in especially well with a "live" tree, hiding the roots while they insulate and keep them moist.
Silver floral spray or spray paint
2-inch wide masking tape
Large circular tray
In a well-ventilated area, coat dried pinecones with silver floral spray or silver spray paint. Let dry.
Using 2-inch-wide masking tape, tape around the tree stand to create a pyramid, leaving an opening for watering the tree.
Place tree stand on top of a large circular tray.
Arrange pinecones in a mound around the taped tree stand and on the tray.