How To Store An Artificial Christmas Tree ~ Practical idea for storing a large artificial Christmas tree by sewing different storage bags for each section. Storing an artificial Christmas tree in sections takes up a lot less room and makes it so easy to retrieve and return it back to its storage place!
Last year we had to replace our artificial Christmas tree that we previously had for about sixteen years. I have to admit I was super thrilled with how the new tree looked after it was decorated. It was stunning as you can see! But we had a problem after the tree was taken down. I am very excited to share with you how to store an artificial Christmas tree that is both inexpensive and very easy to make!
Before I start I want to review an important guideline that I always follow when it comes to buying new items that helps keep things really organized. I always think about how and where the new purchase will be stored. I follow this guideline whenever I am buying something small like groceries, makeup, craft items or something larger like a new cooling fan, small appliance or gardening tools. Things can get pretty disorganized quickly if there is no designated place or what I call ‘station’ which I previously wrote here for everything that you own. The items become clutter because they are in the way or they can’t be found when needed because they don’t have a specific location.
When I bought the new artificial Christmas tree I was quite pleased that it came in a very sturdy box for easy storage. But there were a few other things that I didn’t think about that made it really difficult to use the box.
The three sections that comprised the tree and the 900 lights made it very heavy to move and lift. It was definitely a two-person job.
We had a perfect location to store the old tree. It slipped quite nicely into a shelf up high in the garage where it stayed out of the way. However, the new box was significantly larger and heavier than the old box and it didn’t fit in this handy location.
The final frustration was that the dismantled tree didn’t fit back into the box. My husband and I weren’t comfortable super squishing it back in the box because we didn’t want to damage the built-in lights. Grrrr… It was the same experience as when you buy a new set of sheets and they never get folded back the way they came so neatly packaged when first purchased.
I didn’t really break my rule about not thinking about how anything newly purchased was going to be stored. Clearly, Plan A was not going to work so I had to go to Plan B.
So the three Christmas tree sections were kind of plunked in various locations in the garage on the floor after the last Christmas season because I didn’t have much time to deal with the problem right away. They were in the way for several months and took up a lot of storage space. They had to be moved many times so we could get to the other stuff we needed to get to in the garage. Grrr… again!
I finally had time to create a more effective storage system for this tree this summer that I am thrilled to share with you now. I ended up sewing three different storage sacks using two king-size sheets that I bought at Walmart. It was a super simple sewing project because it was just working with straight seams. It also wasn’t too time or labour intensive because it only took me two afternoons to sew the three bags. Here are the instructions for…
How To Store An Artificial Christmas Tree
I used one king size sheet to sew the storage sack for the largest bottom piece. The second king size sheet was used for the storage sacks for the middle and smaller top piece.
I’m not giving you specific measurements because every tree is a different size. I placed the folded sheets lengthwise on top of the tree sections and made an eyeball estimate about how much fabric would go into each sack.
However, I did leave some extra fabric for the strips I made to wrap around each sack. Instructions for this are given in Step 4.
Here is a photograph of the largest tree sack after it was sewn. All I did was fold the fabric over matching the end and side seams inside out. Then I sewed a straight seam along these edges. I did quickly finish the seams with an easy zigzag stitch.
This photograph shows how I left an opening at the top of the sack to make the top cuff for the drawstring to be pulled through. I made it so the top of the sheet was the top of the sack making this cuff really easy to fold over and stitch.
I then turned the fabric to the right side showing and pulled the drawstring through. If you look carefully at the photograph you will notice the stitch I used. I like this stitch for projects like this because it is quite forgiving and I don’t have to worry about making sure my seams are super straight. I also think it adds a nice decorative touch to sewn fabric.
Whenever I create new projects I always try to work with what I already have in the house to save money. I had a roll of this brown cord and thought it would make a great drawstring. The one problem with it though is that it can easily unravel. So here is a trick that I have been using for easy for years. I dipped the ends in clear nail polish and let it dry. Now the brown cord will stay intact!
The final thing I sewed for the tree sacks were the straps to wrap around the sack in order to keep the inserted tree section really secure. I cut two strips from the sheet that was used to make the large sack and three strips that were used to make the middle and small sacks. Each strip was 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide and 88 inches (223.52 cm) long. To make it easy I just used the width of the king size sheet to make the length of each strip. These were also cut off the bottom of the sheet.
I chose not finish the sides of the strips. Instead I just did a quick zigzag using my favourite stitch. The reason is that I was a bit lazy and didn’t want to dedicate the time to turning over and pressing about 880 inches or about 22 meters of fabric. I also figured that these strips were only going to be used twice a year and any fraying of the fabric along the sides would be manageable.
Now everything was ready and I could insert the tree bags into each sack. Since each tree part had a metal point that I was afraid might tear the fabric I wrapped an old facecloth around each metal end and secured it with some sewing elastic.
The next thing I did was wrap a purchased strap around each section to secure the boughs together. Again, I had these in the garage and didn’t go out and buy another new thing.
Then I slipped the tree inside with the metal point part facing downward.
There was a lot of excess fabric at the bottom so I tied the two corners together to secure the bottom like this. It also makes a nice packaged look.
In order to really secure the package a wrapped the strips around each part and just secured it into a nice bow. The large and middle size tree sections were secured with two straps one in the middle and one near the top and the small section only needed one strap that was wrapped around the middle.
This is what the large tree section looks like inside the completed sack secured with the straps. I think it makes a really nice package for storing. Don’t you?
Now I had to find a new place to store the tree storage sacks in the garage. We have some awesome built-in storage along the front wall and so I cleared off a shelf. I picked a shelf that was easy to reach and all three sections could be stored together.
Now this $400.00 investment can be safely stored and easily retrieved for many years to come and we don’t have to deal with lugging a huge heavy cumbersome box. Phew!
How many times have you had an experience when you had Plan A and thought something it was going to work to only find out that it wasn’t?
That’s when it’s time to rethink the plan and seek a new solution. Often times Plan B turns about to be the better one.
That’s what I think happened by making these super easy Christmas tree storage sacks!
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