A TikToker has racked up an impressive seven million views for a simple budget-friendly project she calls “the best Christmas DIY I’ve ever made”.
US woman Emily Shaw came up with the idea after searching stores for a curvy Christmas tree collar and coming up empty.
“I’ve looked everywhere for these and I don’t think they exist,” she said.
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Not only did Shaw come up with a way to turn her concept into reality, she also found a way to make it for under $US40, which is about $60.
You can watch the video above.
To start, Shaw taped some foam squares together and placed them under her Christmas tree stand.
Then she drew a curvy shape around the tree stand, and once she had the shape she was after she used a utility knife to cut out the base shape.
“You can make any shape you want,” she said.
As for that curvy border effect, Shaw used a technique she learnt while making models for architecture school.
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“You can actually make foam core [board] bend if you cut little slices in them but don’t go all the way through, then it lets you bend it,” she explained.
“The closer together you put your cuts the bendier it will be. Mine are about a half inch and then I’m ripping off the foam at the edges that I can just use to connect them with tape.”
To help attach the curvy sides to the base, Shaw made brackets out of two small pieces of foam and a hot glue gun. She suggested wood as another option, but she went for foam to save money and avoid using power tools.
Then the DIYer used Velcro pieces to attach the curvy border to the brackets, so that she can take it apart and store it more easily once Christmas is over.
Finally, it was time for the finishing touches. Shaw spray painted the inside of the tree collar red to match the velvet red fabric she glued onto the sides.
“It came out so amazing I’m obsessed with it, it’s the perfect weekend project.”
Shaw’s followers are just as obsessed with her DIY, which has so far had one million likes and more than 2,000 comments.
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“You need to get some empty bottles so you can start collecting the creativity because it’s OOZING out of you!” one follower commented.
“This is awesome and I will be doing it,” a woman posted.
“I was NOT ready for that end result!! You killed this!!” another said.
Some followers were so impressed they suggested the concept would end up in stores next year, while others recommended Shaw patent the project.
Meanwhile, another suggested taking the collar one step further by adding fake snow to add to the real tree vibe.
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Christmas tree collars and skirts are becoming increasingly popular for hiding the ugly metal stands at the bottom of fake trees.
If you’re not keen to go down the DIY route you can pick up a white or dark brown seagrass tree collar at Target for $30 or a red velvet tree collar for $29.95 at Catch.
But if it’s the curvy look you want, then you’re going to have to follow Shaw’s lead and make one yourself.
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