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Project

Birch Christmas Tree Stand

Introduction

Display artificial Christmas trees in an elegant stand made from the stump of a birch tree with this simple how-to from "The Martha Stewart Show" carpenter Sean Ennis. If birch is not available, any sturdy tree stump can be used.

Materials

  • Birch or other sturdy tree stump, 8 to 11 inches in diameter
  • Drill/driver with paddle bit (see step 1)
  • Chip brush
  • Craft glue
  • Coarse glitter
  • Surface protectors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut stump to approximately 10 inches tall. Choose a paddle bit for the drill that is equal to the girth of the artificial tree stem (we used a 3/4-inch bit).

  2. Step 2

    Find the center of the birch stump and drill to desired depth with the paddle bit (we drilled 3 1/2 inches).Tip: Be sure to drill perpendicular to the stump so the tree stands straight.

  3. Step 3

    Paint glue on bark sparingly, where falling snow would catch naturally. Sprinkle with glitter and let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Add surface protectors to bottom of stump. Insert tree post in hole.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010