TikToker has garnered an impressive seven million views for a simple, budget-friendly project she calls “the best Christmas DIY I’ve ever made.”
American Emily Shaw came up with the idea after she searched stores for a Christmas tree squiggly hoop and it came out empty.
“I’ve looked everywhere for this stuff and I don’t think it’s there,” she said.
Not only did Shaw come up with a way to make their concept a reality, but they also found a way to make it under $40, which is about $60.
You can watch the video above.
To get started, Shaw taped a few foam squares together and placed them under her Christmas tree stand.
Then she drew a zigzag shape around the tree stand and once she had the shape it was after she used a knife to cut out the base shape.
“You can make any shape you want,” she said.
For the zigzag border effect, Shaw used a technique she learned while making models for architecture school.
“You can actually make a core out of foam [board] Bending it if you cut small slices in it but didn’t go all the way to the end, this allows you to bend it.”
“The closer you put the cuts together, the sturdier it will be. Mine are about a half-inch long, and then I tear off foam at the edges that I can just use to tape them.”
To help attach the curly sides to the base, Shaw made the brackets out of two small pieces of foam and a hot glue gun. She suggested wood as another option, but chose foam to save money and avoid the use of power tools.
Then the DIYer used Velcro pieces to attach the squiggly borders to the bows, so you can take them apart and store them more easily once Christmas is over.
Finally, it’s time for the finishing touches. Shaw spray-painted the inside of the tree collar red to match the red velvet fabric she taped on 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 handiwork, which has so far garnered 1 million likes and more than 2,000 comments.
“You need to get some empty bottles so you can start collecting creativity because you’re running out!” commented one follower.
One woman wrote: “This is cool and I’m going to do it.”
“I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS END OUTCOME!! YOU KILLED THIS!!” said another.
Some followers were so impressed that they suggested the concept end up in stores next year, while others recommended a patent for the project.
Meanwhile, another suggested taking the collar a step further by adding fake snow to give the tree a real look.
Christmas tree hoops and skirts are becoming increasingly popular to hide unsightly metal stands under fake trees.
If you’re not keen on going the DIY route, you can pick up a file Seagrass tree collar in white or taupe at Target for $30or a Red velvet tree collar, $29.95 at Catch.
But if that’s the curvy look you want, you’ll have to follow Shaw’s lead and create one yourself.
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