FROM FARMHOUSE TO TRADITIONAL IN UNDER 60 MINUTES! FOLLOW ALONG WITH THIS SIMPLE DIY PROJECT TO MAKEOVER A FARMHOUSE-STYLE CHRISTMAS TREE COLLAR.

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar painted with black chalk paint with French country style stencils filled with burlap and a Christmas tree

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I’ve always used traditional Christmas tree skirts around my tree. And every year they drive me CRAZY! The cats love to sleep under the tree, so it gets covered with fur and never stays straight.

Last year I bought a galvanized metal Christmas tree collar. This simple idea was the perfect solution! No more fur. No more wrinkles. AND it hides the platform that we use to lift the tree a little higher to make room for gifts!

faux Christmas tree on wooden platform with sliders under legs

But there was one problem. The galvanized metal tree collar was definitely a farmhouse-style element. And my home is really more traditional with a French-country style.

view of a family room or living room decorated for Christmas

Earlier this year I gave my fireplace a makeover by painting the marble surround with black chalk paint. The beauty of chalk paint is it adheres to any surface! And I had quite a bit leftover. So when we pulled out that galvanized metal tree collar this year, I decided to give it a makeover too!

How to Makeover your Christmas Tree Collar

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar with chalk paint, stencil, and metallic paint

You can use any color of chalk paint to makeover your Christmas tree collar. I decided to use Charcoal Chalked paint from Rustoleum because that’s what I had on hand.

To give it a French-country feel, I decided to add some stenciling. This also helped it to complement a pair of sconces I have hanging in my kitchen. I bought the stencil and metallic gold paint and a stippling brush from Hobby Lobby.

You’ll also need painter’s tape and some sealing spray to protect your project when it’s done.

Paint the Collar with Chalk Paint

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar painted with chalk paint

I put down some paper to protect the floor in the garage and covered the galvanized metal with black chalk paint. After it dries, give it a second coat. It dries pretty quickly!

Stencil the Christmas Tree Collar

If you’ve never stenciled before, I recommend practicing a few times on the paper before stenciling your project.

paper with stencil and tapped off paint

The key to stenciling is first tapping off excess paint. You’ll use a stippling brush to “pounce” the paint onto the stencil. That way the paint doesn’t get under the edges of the stencil.

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar painted with black chalk paint with French country style stencil taped on

Figure out how many times you’ll be stenciling the pattern onto your project. I decided I would be adding the pattern six times around the ring. Attach the stencil to the Christmas tree collar using painters tape.

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar painted with black chalk paint with French country style stencil taped on

I wanted the stencil to have a slightly distressed look. To get this appearance, I didn’t fill in the stencil completely with the paint.

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar painted with black chalk paint with French country style stencil

If you want a more distressed look, you can use a dry sponge to “sand” some of the stenciled paint off the collar. Before you attach the stencil again, wipe any paint off the back that may have gotten underneath.

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar painted with black chalk paint with French country style stencils

Simply repeat the stenciling around the Christmas tree collar, positioning the stencil at the same height each time. When the stencil paint dried, I sealed the project using spray-on Rustoleum Chalked Sealer in Matte Clear.

How to Style Your Christmas Tree Collar

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar painted with black chalk paint with French country style stencils filled with burlap and a Christmas tree

I chose to fill the inside of the tree collar with some burlap fabric. It covers the stand and fills in the empty space so nicely!

galvanized metal farmhouse Christmas tree collar painted with black chalk paint with French country style stencils filled with burlap and a Christmas tree

You could use another kind of fabric or even a white “snow blanket.”

Before and After

Everyone loves a good before and after! So here’s how my tree looked last year with the galvanized metal tree collar:

view of a family room or living room decorated for Christmas

And here’s how it looks this year after its makeover:

view of family room decorated for Christmas with twinkle lights on the Christmas tree, fireplace mantle, garland on the staircase, and red berry wreath on mirror over fireplace mantel

I love the way this simple DIY project transformed my tree collar from a farmhouse style to my traditional French-country style for just a few dollars and in less than an hour! If you have any questions, please contact me or drop me a comment below.

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