Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like the stars align in your favor?! I know, they don’t happen often for me either. But today was quite the magical day in my world!
I was on the hunt for some fresh greenery to decorate for Christmas. I decided I would just buy the smallest tree I could find and then chop it up! Smart, right? When we have bought real trees in the past, I always ask to keep the bit they cut off the bottom and I use it for wreaths and the mantel. But this year, we aren’t buying a real tree. We are getting an AWESOME tree from Balsam Hill!
So, on the day the stars align, I am driving down the interstate, yes I-85, and what do I spot on the side of the highway?? A CHRISTMAS TREE!! A real one! And it was HUGE! I had a mini freak out moment… do I stop? Yes. No. Yes. No. Will it fit in my car?? No. Yes. No. Yes. When there is a will there’s a way! But let’s be honest, this tree was about 8 feet tall and I drive a Corolla! Yeah, not happening!
I called the hubs to see if he could come get it. He was busy at work. What’s a girl to do?? I panicked. I. MUST. HAVE. THIS. TREE.
Then… I made one call and as if it were Santa’s sleigh… we were on the road in Mom’s SUV! I was stoked! We drove about 5 minutes and Mom yelled… “There’s another one!”
What?! Before I could even say anything, my Step-Dad slammed on the brakes and had that bad boy in reverse! I was gettin’ TWO Christmas Trees!!
With the little tree loaded… I still had my heart set on that BIG one!! We drove about 10 minutes more and there she was!! We pulled over… threw her on top! And we were back on the road!! To that I say, “High five for roadside finds, however they may come!!” Woot Woot! Thanks, Mom!
So with my new trees in tow, I knew I would chop the smaller one… and use the BIG one for as a second tree!! We’ve never had two trees before!! Then I spotted this lovely find at Crate & Barrel!! I’m a sucker for the vintage sheen of an old galvanized bucket! I had to have it! But it was $60!
That’s when I decided to make my own!!
I had an old galvanized tub on hand… I bought it for under $18! The hubs and I grabbed our drills and went to town!
We drilled all the way around the tub…
And then used wire snippers to cut between the holes.
Once the bottom was off.. the edges were sharp, like the edge of a can of tuna! So we attached a big ‘ol rope to cover it up!
For all the details of the build, we made a fun video!! It took a bit of trial and error to figure out how to tackle this one!! You don’t want to miss the end of the video!!
I’m loving this ‘lil tree skirt! And it’s even better that it houses my FREE roadside Christmas tree!! I mean, don’t all families go pick out their Christmas tree together?? Some go to the Christmas tree farm. Some go into the woods. Me and my family, we go roadside rescuing!!
It’s a Christmas tree hunt I will NEVER forget!!
Until next time,
Vintage News Junkie