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Top Of The Best Tree Skirts Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Embroidered and Sequined Holiday Champagne-Sequin Tree Skirt-24Inch Christmas Tree Skirt Polyester Christmas Tree Skirt Christmas Decorations
№2 – ShinyBeauty 48-Inch Embroidery Sequin Christmas Tree Skirt, Silver
№3 – Balsam Hill Berkshire Channel Stitch Tree Skirt, 36 inches, Ivory White
Why we love it
Due to popular demand, we’ve made this new Christmas-tree skirt especially for you. Woven from beautiful natural wicker, it will disguise the metal base of your artificial Christmas tree and add a lovely rustic-style to your room, too. This skirt is designed especially to fit our 6ft Spruce and 7.5ft Spruce.
Sewing Tools You Need
Fabric and Other Supplies ¾ yard of 45″ wide fabric for EACH triangle (eight total): we used Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden & Bijoux for our eight triangles: Paisley in Lime, Rose Bouquet in Cream, Pineapple Brocade in Canary, Sway in Cream, Paisley in Blue, Wallpaper Roses in Green, Pop Daisy in Cream, and Peonies in Red
yard of 45″ wide fabric for binding around all tree skirt edges and for tree skirt opening ties: we used a red cotton sateen
1½ yards of 54″ wide cotton muslin for tree skirt back (you could use a higher quality fabric than muslin, but this is for the side that sits on the floor and isn’t seen, so an inexpensive choice seems more logical)
1½ yards of 54″ wide lightweight quilt batting (optional – we used it because we liked the dimension, but it isn’t necessary if you’d prefer a flatter look)
Trim and quilt the sandwich
With your fabric pencil, draw a 7″ circle in the center of your tree skirt ‘sandwich.’ You can make a template from cardboard or use a salad plate or pot lid to trace around. We found 6″ – 7″ was a pretty standard size for the center hole. If you think your tree is going to have a bigger trunk than that (holiday-lumberjack that you are), you’ll need a much bigger skirt and this isn’t the project for you. If you are planning on a smaller tree, the diameter of the skirt should be fine (more room for present piling), but you might want to cut the center hole an inch or two smaller.
Cut through all layers, using the edges of the tree skirt as your guide. Go all around the circle’s edge, up both sides of the skirt opening, and around the center circle.
Edgestitch around all edges: the inner center circle, both sides of the skirt opening, and all around the outside edge. “Hey,” You say. “It’s not right sides together! What’s up?!” You don’t need to stitch right sides together and turn this project. Instead, you’re building a fabric sandwich right sides out and leaving the edges raw. You’ll be applying binding around the whole thing, covering up all those raw edges.
To quilt your tree skirt and secure all the layers, stitch in the ditch of each triangle seam, then sew another row of stitches straight down the middle of each triangle piece. You can use either coordinating or contrasting thread to quilt, depending on how visible you want your quilting stitches to be.
NOTE: this is actually not real bias tape, because we did not cut our fabric on the bias. However, the curves of this particular project are fairly gentle, and so the straight-cut method described above should work fine – besides, it uses a lot less fabric than bias cut fabric. If you’d like to make REAL bias tape, read our tutorial: Bias Tape: How To Make It & Attach It
Attach your binding to all edges of your tree skirt in the following order:
Cut a length and attach to the center circle. Cut a length and attach to one side of the skirt opening. Cut a matching length and attach to the other side of the skirt opening Use the remaining binding and attach all around the outer edge of the circle.
How to use less fabric
The ¾ yard of fabric we list above for each different triangle does allow you complete cutting flexibility, but it also leaves waste. You can always save the leftover fabric for other projects, but if you want to conserve your money and your fabric, reduce the number of different triangles from eight to four. Buy 5/yard of each fabric and cut TWO triangle wedges horizontally. You’ll need to make sure to select fabrics that will work if cut horizontally. In other words, you can’t choose something with a strong vertical directional print. But, you can get away with buying just four 5/yard cuts instead of eight ¾ yard cuts.
Flip the skirt inside out and iron it.
Pin double fold bias tape around the center. (I only had single faced bias tape so I made it work.)
Sew around the edge, going very slowly. Sew the ends of the tape to act as a ribbon for tying it shut.
Top stitch the edge around the edge of the skirt. This gives it a nice, finished look.
Start wrapping yarn around the journal.
Cut the long loop to make tassels. It might need some trimming.
Sew your tassels to the tree skirt. I made to go around my tree skirt and spaced them equally around the front and sides.
Ta da! (You should always gloat after finishing a craft project! Especially a DIY Christmas tree skirt!)
How we picked
Our original test stands. Photo: Ed Grabianowski
We wanted a Christmas tree stand that could serve two primary functions: Keep the tree standing upright, and keep it watered.
A good stand can hold the tree up and make it look straight, even if the tree itself is a bit crooked. To create stability, the stand needs a heavy base to lower the tree’s center of gravity and keep it balanced. For size, it should have an opening wide enough to accommodate a roughly 4- to 6-inch trunk diameter—that’s the ballpark thickness of your average Christmas tree, which has a height of or feet, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
Second, it needs a sizeable reservoir of water to keep the tree moist and “alive” (or at least prevent it from drying out and losing all its needles) for as long as possible. A dry tree is not only ugly and messy, it’s a fire hazard. Though this is rare, it does happen—according to the National Fire Protection Association, between 200and 2013, Christmas trees were the source of an average of 2home fires each year, according to a National Fire Protection Association. So how much water is enough? The National Christmas Tree Association notes that, “Generally, a tree can use up to one quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter.” That’s 1½ gallons each day for a 6-inch-diameter tree. Larger water capacity is always better, so you’re not constantly worried about watering the tree.
The Krinner’s unique fastening mechanism is far simpler and easier to use than any other tree stand.
We tested the Krinner on two trees: a 6-foot-tree, which we put up unassisted, and a bigger 8-foot-tree, which was easier with a second person. As long as you can heave the tree into the Krinner’s open jaws, you may be able to manage it on your own. This is a huge distinction between the Krinner and basically every other stand, which forces you to get down on your belly to tighten individual bolts. Even for a smaller tree, that’s nearly impossible to do without help.
The Krinner’s five claws close with a ratcheting foot pedal. Photo: Ed Grabianowski
One of the Krinner’s other major advantages is the ability to handle a wide range of trunk sizes. With the claws cranked all the way down, this stand will hold a tree with a trunk as small as inch in diameter. The maximum trunk diameter it will accept is inches. That gives you a lot of flexibility on tree sizes. When testing on our smaller tree, with its 3.5-inch diameter trunk, some other stands’ screws could barely extend far enough to meet the trunk (and they wouldn’t work with a tree any smaller than that).
Once the tree is installed, it’s hard to overemphasize how stable this stand is. In our stability testing, the Krinner Tree Genie XXL was able to max out our force gauge at 50 Newtons when testing with both small and tall trees. The tree stand even outlasted the test materials: We bent the hook on the force gauge trying to get it to tip over, and at one point we snapped the twine we had tied to the tree. The stand itself weighs 1pounds, which you might expect to make it stable, but it actually has a smaller footprint than most of the other stands. That’s another advantage: It’s easier to store during the non-Christmas months.
The Krinner has a 2½-gallon water reservoir. Of the tested stands, only the runner-up Cinco is larger, with a 3-gallon capacity. But 2½ gallons is plenty large: A tree of roughly to feet in height has a trunk diameter of about to inches, and will usually take in 1½ gallons or less per day. In fact, you should even be able to relax a little about watering, as you may not need to each day. A gauge on the tank will tell you what the water level is between fillings.
Because most of the basin is enclosed, the Krinner has a water-level gauge. Photo: Ed Grabianowski
One last feature worth mentioning: This is the most attractive tree stand of everything we tested. If you want to set up a tree on your porch or some other area where a tree skirt isn’t practical, it will still look nice.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
As with most tree stands, watering the tree’s reservoir is still a chore, and you have to be careful when filling it. The majority of the Krinner’s reservoir is enclosed, and there is only a small space near the trunk for watering. You could make the case that this narrow opening has advantages—pets will not be able to easily drink from it and gifts are less likely to fall into it. The gauge that tells you how much water is in the stand also has a very clear “Stop” indicator that shows when you’ve filled it enough. However, there is no overflow tray, a feature some other stands have that we’d like to have seen here.
In 2016, we dismissed three new stands that could not match our picks’ advantages. The Black & Decker Smart Stand comes in two sizes. The smaller size can handle only up to a 4½-inch trunk and has a reservoir of less than a gallon. The larger size is similar to the Krinner in capacity, but isn’t available at any major retailers. The Steel Welded Large Tree Stand, like so many others, holds the tree with four bolts that must be threaded the entire way in. Its water reservoir is also much smaller than those of the Krinner and Cinco. The Holiday Time Christmas Tree Stand is inexpensive, but looks flimsy and also supports the tree with simple bolts.
We also found the EasyGoProducts TS1Christmas Tree Stand (and the slightly smaller TS14). These bear a striking resemblance to the Krinner, including the claw design, the ratchet, and even the same sticker on the locking lever. We researched the company and couldn’t find much. Compared with the Krinner, the pricing is about the same but the warranty is only one year, as opposed to five. That said, we’re more confident recommending the stand from Krinner, a company with a 15-year history.
Our original 201hands-on testing included the Contech Enterprises TS940Indoor Steel Christmas Tree Stand and the Emerald Innovations XTSSwivel Straight Tree Stand For 12′ Tree (also known as the 1-Minute Tree Stand). Neither was as stable as the Tree Genie XXL or the Cinco. The Emerald Innovations started to tip at 30 Newtons of pulling force, and the Contech tipped at 2Newtons. Performance was similar with large and small trees. Both the Emerald Innovations and Contech stands have 1½-gallon reservoirs—sufficient, but the smallest among tested models.
The Emerald Innovations stand in particular had our hopes up because it lets you adjust the angle of the tree by pressing a foot pedal and turning the tree on a large ball joint. But the initial setup proved more of a hassle than any other method: A separate sleeve fits over the tree’s trunk while it’s lying down, and you secure it with screw-down clamps. Then you fit the sleeve and tree together into the base. The frustrating setup, along with the lack of stability, outweighed the otherwise cool design.
We looked at, but didn’t test, the Santa’s Solution Steel Extreme. This expensive stand accommodates trunks up to inches in diameter and has a 2-gallon water well. The name is quite apt: The Steel Extreme is imposing, but it still uses only the traditional bolt design. If you can spend this much on a stand, save a few bucks and get the much simpler Krinner.
We’ve also dismissed the Iron Mountain Welded, which had decent reviews but has only a 90-day warranty (and after hours of research, we couldn’t figure out who makes the stand or where you’d go for service if you had a problem).
The Oasis tree stand can hold a tree up to feet tall. But its water capacity is maxed out at 1½ gallons, which is only enough for a 7-foot tree to drink from comfortably. The Santa’s Solution Steel Arm Plastic Tree Stand can accommodate trees no taller than feet. The Cinco Classic and Jack Post Stand each max out at feet. We ruled out the Quick Stand due to its poor user reviews.
Climbing Tree Stands
Climbing tree stands are all about mobility. This stand type allows the hunter to hike into any spot, find a suitable tree, and ascend it using the stand as a climbing mechanism to begin hunting almost immediately. The climbing function is made possible by the two-piece chair and platform design. With the platform and chair secured around the tree, simply raise the upper portion, put your weight on it and draw your legs upward with your feet then “lock” the lower platform, into the tree with your body weight and repeat the process – basically “inch worming” your way up the tree. While climbers excel in their portability over other stand types, before you run out to buy one, consider your terrain you will be hunting in. Because a climbing tree stand requires the stand be in constant contact with the tree all the way from the base of the tree’s trunk up to the intended hunting height, it is extremely important the trees in your hunting terrain have no large low-level limbs. Limbs protruding from the trunk between the base of the tree and the intended hunting height make climbing impossible. If your hunting area has huge cottonwood or oak trees, you might not be able to wrap the climbing cable or strap around the tree, making it impossible to use a climber. But if your terrain allows a climber, they are without a doubt the quickest, and most simple way to hunt from a tree.
Hang-on tree stands
Hang-on tree stands are popular because of their versatility. Where other tree stand types may be limited by the size or shape of the tree, a Hang-on tree stand works well in nearly any type of tree. In addition to versatility, lock-on stands are generally quieter than other stand types, a necessity when animals are in super-close proximity. Because the stand is secured, tightly to the tree’s trunk the lock-on stand tends to be less prone to noise cause by a hunter’s shifting weight, decreasing untimely game-spooking clanks or groans that will surely set deer on a dead run to the next county. Lock-on styles are also popular because of their lightweight. Many hang-on models are under 20 pounds, making for easy portability to and from the hunting spot. If long hikes and stand location changes are a regular part of your hunting routine, a stealthy climber may be the best option for your hunting style. Do you have a nickname for your stand location? Do you believe an all-day sit is the best way to get a shot at the buck of a lifetime? If you answered yes to one or both of those questions, there’s a good chance that a comfort hang-on is right for you. If your perennial go-to stand location requires more than a short walk, this style of stand is definitely the right tool for the job. Comfort Hang-ons provide most of the same comforts provided by a ladder or tripod without the added weight of a ladder.
Those who may be unfamiliar with what it feels like to spend a day in a tree stand will find it easy to overlook the importance of legroom when shopping for tree stand accessories, but few (if any) tree stand add-ons are more necessary than a footrest. A footrest is a great way to minimize fatigue, allowing blood to circulate freely through your legs so they won’t fall asleep or get cold while sitting. All these features add up to make a long day up in the tree much more comfortable. Since lock-ons don’t have a built-in climbing function, like a ladder or climbing cables, climbing accessories are necessary to get from the ground up to the stand location. Tree steps are relatively easy to install, quiet and can be carried with you when packing in. Some public hunting areas restrict the use of screw-in type steps, so strap-on steps or climbing sticks must be used. Some hunters like to hunt one area in the morning, another in the afternoon and another in the evening. With a single lock-on stand, this becomes impractical unless it is designed to be used with multiple hanging brackets. Another solution would be multiple stands in different locations or the use of a climber if the terrain permits.
For hunters who are more concerned about comfort and stability and don’t care about weight, a ladder stand is just the ticket. Ladder stands have some advantages that the climber and fixed-position stands don’t. With a ladder stand, as the name implies, is a fixed-position stand integrated into a ladder that comes in three- or four-foot sections, for easy transport. This gives you an easy way to get up into your favorite tree without having to shimmy up the trunk, negotiating limbs and small branches. This is especially important to hunters who are looking for the most user friendly and safe tree stand option available. For those who suffer from acrophobia (fear of heights), many ladder stands have large platforms for more stability and comfort, making the time spent in the stand more comfortable. Larger platform models will usually allow you to install a padded bench seat and even a skirt or complete blind to add comfort to your time aloft. The biggest drawback to the ladder stand is its lack of portability. Since most ladder stands are made of steel and have an average weight of 4pounds, they are for hunters who can are able to set up their stand and leave it for the remainder of the hunting season. Though ladders are certainly not ideal for hunters looking to make quick or frequent stand location changes, they are the most comfortable option to hang on the stand location that has helped you fill your last three tags.
If you’re interested in being high above the forest floor it’s important to point out that most ladder stands can’t be installed more than 20 feet high. Even at that height, an additional ladder section and support brace between the tree and ladder should be installed to ensure safety and stability. While not for the hunter looking to make frequent moves, ladder stands rank high for stability, safety, and comfort and are a great choice as a main stand to be left at your honey hole for the entire season.
Hunters who wander the Southwest among sagebrush or hunt agricultural crops on the prairie of the Midwest find it painful to mount a tree stand on a cactus and ineffective to mount one on a fence post. Tower, tripod or “platform” stands have been especially designed for these situations. In most cases, tower stands sit on three or four legs and come with a platform and some have an enclosure to give you concealment from the elements and the eyes of a wary buck. Tripod stands set up on three legs with a padded seat or “platform” that usually rotates 360 degrees for an unlimited field of view. Since they are bigger and more visible than other types of stands, it is important to place them beside a large bush or rock to make them more inconspicuous to game. Once in place, leave them permanently and animals will get used to them over time like any other structure.
Safety First All Summit stands include a safety harness. But keep in mind that four-point harness (Like the Summit Harness) is the best, and certainly most comfortable. Harnesses like the Summit SOP harness split your weight completely by going around your legs as well as your arms. A FAS provides more movement, as well as a safer, more secure feel which equates to a more comfortable hunt.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Tree Skirts wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Tree Skirts
- №1 — Embroidered and Sequined Holiday Champagne-Sequin Tree Skirt-24Inch Christmas Tree Skirt Polyester Christmas Tree Skirt Christmas Decorations
- №2 — ShinyBeauty 48-Inch Embroidery Sequin Christmas Tree Skirt, Silver
- №3 — Balsam Hill Berkshire Channel Stitch Tree Skirt, 36 inches, Ivory White