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Grab a cardboard box and wood grain con-tact paper, this Cardboard Christmas Tree Collar is an easy and affordable way to hide the bottom of your tree in style.

Cardboard Box Faux Wood Christmas Tree Collar

Create a Christmas tree collar that looks like real wood, using a cardboard box and wood grain vinyl.

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I’ve always gone for a more “traditional” tree skirt because the truth of the matter is the bottom of the tree will be covered by presents.

These tree skirt ideas are some that I’ve rounded up in the past because the thought of decorating beneath the tree seemed pretty appealing. It wasn’t until I was decorating my kids’ tree that I really jumped in with trying something new. Hence, this cardboard tree collar project.

Faux Wood Contact Paper Christmas Tree Collar


Anytime a craft project costs less than a Starbucks coffee, it’s a win. And with this, you’ll use a recycled box, contact paper, and a few other supplies you’ll most likely already have on hand.

I think you’ll enjoy this project! Let’s get making!


Watch this quick video to see how this craft came together:

Faux Wood Contact Paper Christmas Tree Collar

Cardboard Christmas Tree Collar

Yield: 1 tree collar
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: easy

This DIY Cardboard Christmas Tree Collar is super cute and budget friendly.


  • Large box
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Contact Paper (1 Roll)
  • Smoothing tool
  • Duct tape
  • Quote to cut out on white vinyl
  • Drop cloth (or other liner to fill the box)


  1. Watch the video tutorial before you begin, and let that be your visual guide for this project.
  2. Cut off the top and bottom flap of the box. This should leave you with just the "shell" part. cut flaps off large cardboard box
  3. Measure and cut the contact paper a little bigger than the box to create a a flap piece that will seal over into the box.
  4. Cover the box using the smoothing tool along the way. If you use one roll, you will cover about 3/4 of the box. You can turn it to where the uncovered spot will not be seen or use an additional roll to cover the entire box. smooth contact paper over cardboard box
  5. Secure the inside flap of the contact paper with duct tape as it's not quite sticky enough to stay secured on its own. secure edges of the contact paper with tape
  6. Attach your quote, image, or whatever you choose to the side of the box that will be facing outward.
  7. Cut along one of the seams of the box so you can easily get the box around the bottom of your Christmas tree. Slide it into place.
  8. I used a drop cloth to fill the box and hide the stem of the tree, duct taped areas, and the extra space of the cut box.


** TIP: When attaching the contact paper, do so in sections. Keep the backing on until you get to the section you're currently working on. If you make a mistake, you can easily pull the paper up and restick it to the box.

** I designed the vinyl decal "Tree tops Glisten..." in Cricut Design Space. Here is a link to a similar svg file that I created in Canva for you. Here is another similar SVG for purchase on Etsy. I was inspired by this t-shirt.

The Finished Tree Collar

And there you have it! An easy do-it-yourself Christmas tree “skirt” for less than $2!

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