I bought a fake tree at Walmart last week. It was a great deal, only $30 for a flocked tree, and looks surprisingly full and pretty. One thing I didn’t like, though, was the pole pretending to be a tree trunk. Want to see what I did to cover up that fake tree trunk?
We have lots of trees and logs and brush piles to choose from on our property, so why not use the real thing on the artificial tree? 😛 Richard scouted out a baby cedar that looked about the right scale. I didn’t take pictures, but here’s the process.
Hollow Out a Small Log to Cover Up That Fake Tree Trunk:
- Cut a branch or small log to approximately the same length as the section of pole at the bottom of the fake tree.
- Use a butterfly bit to drill each end of the log. Drill down about an inch or so. Use a bit about 1/8” larger than your tree pole.
- Use a hatchet to carefully split the log in half down the length.
- Use a chisel to carve out a trench in each log half. Use the drilled sections as a guide for how much to carve out.
Fit the two halves around the pole. You could glue them together, but I simply twisted wire around them at the top and bottom. I trimmed the wire after making sure it was tight.
Much better, don’t you think?
The tree isn’t decorated yet, but friends are coming over this week for a tree decorating party. I can hardly wait!
Another option to cover up that fake tree trunk would be to line up several twigs around the perimeter and securing with wire.
So, fake tree or real tree for you? Flocked or natural?