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DIY Christmas Tree Stand Container

My husband and I recently made faux galvanized planters to look like the European Antique zinc Container that we use for our Christmas Tree. Several people wanted exact instructions to make the container the size of our antique piece. So here it is.

This DIY Christmas Tree Stand Container is a close replica of a European Antique Grape Gathering Hod. This easy tutorial is an inexpensive way to achieve the vintage Christmas feel.

Now you can make your own tree container to use for the holidays.

Christmas Tree Stand Materials & Tools

Here are the supplies you will need to make this Christmas Tree Stand.

Tools Needed

Draw Pattern & Cut Plywood

Begin by drawing out your pattern onto the plywood. In order to duplicate the antique container, here are the measurements I used.

  • 30 Inches tall
  • 20 Inches wide at the top
  • 12 inches wide at the bottom

This tree stand container is 30 inches tall so you will need to cut 18 inches off the unmarked side of your board on the 4 foot side. A table saw will make a clean cut or you may be able to get the home supply store to make this cut for you.

This is the same procedure as the smaller planters.

Next using a circular saw, cut the side pieces along the drawn lines.

Plywood to cut out tree and plant container. Cut with circular saw.

Assemble Christmas Tree Stand Container

Begin with a bead of wood glue along the edge and then attach with finishing nails.

Wood glue used to glue plywood together.

Be sure to alternate the corners to form a square box as you attach the sides.

Finish with a bottom piece

Cut a piece to attach to the bottom of the container and attach with wood glue and finishing nails.

Bottom being attached to planter box.

You may also want to add a tray to the inside of the container for your tree stand to rest on.

For this container, we added a tray that rests approx. 14 inches down from the top. Drill a hole in the tray, allowing you to lift out of the container.

Hole in bottom of drop in spacer.

Attach Trim Pieces Christmas Tree Stand Container

Attach trim pieces to the top of the container and add the metal strap around the outside of the container.

Trim pieces for top of planter box.

Both are attached with finishing nails.

Metal band added to box for character.

Paint Christmas Tree Stand

Now that your container is constructed, you will now want to paint to look like a rusty, crusty zinc or galvanized antique.

Here are the variety of paints that I used and each is on the materials list.

Paint used to give metal finish look.

To see painting details, please refer to the planters tutorial here.

You can also see the original video for the smaller planter version below.

Antique Vs. Faux Galvanized Container

Here is the original container vs. the wooden version. I’m happy with the results. Let’s check how it looks with a tree in it.

Faux planter box beside of real metal planter container.

We are using the faux Christmas Tree Stand Container in our loft with the frosted tree that was downstairs last year.

Christmas plants in faux metal planter.

Rudy matches the colors in the Christmas Tree Stand.

Christmas tree in faux metal container. Mini Gloden doodle.

This version costs a lot less than an authentic antique grape gathering hod.

Faux metal planter with Christmas decorations.

This tree includes ornaments from Belk and my Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

Faux metal planter with Christmas decorations. Mini Golden Doodle

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Faux metal planter with Christmas decorations. Mini Golden Doodle.


Monday 10th of January 2022

Absolutely gorgeous. This on my to do list, this summer. Thanks for sharing


Wednesday 12th of January 2022

I'm so glad you like this. Thanks for stopping by.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 27th of November 2021

I love how this turned out Rchel. Such a great idea since all the containers out there are so expensive these days. I would love to share this on Saltwater Sounds this week,


Monday 29th of November 2021

Thanks so much Kim.


Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Looks so cool Rachel!!! Love it!!!


Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Stacy, I really appreciate this. Happy thanksgiving.