Winding the lights around your Christmas tree can be a pain. Here's a great way to rotate the tree in its stand—without scratching up your hardwood floor. Put a bath rug underneath the tree stand, fabric side down, rubber side up. You can easily turn the tree to string your lights and place your ornaments just where you want them. It makes "undecorating" the tree a breeze too. Fold the rug under the tree skirt to keep it hidden.
Tightening tree-stand nuts by hand is tiring and takes forever. Try this, our favorite Christmas tree hint from our archives: Cut off the little L's at the end of the tree stand bolts with a hacksaw. Chuck the ends of the bolts into a variable-speed drill and tighten them into the trunk. Your tree will be secure, and you can get out from underneath the tree and get decorating.
If you've had trees fall over—because they were top heavy with ornaments or got tipped over by the cat, here's an easy solution: Cut a 2-ft.-diameter circle out of plywood, screw your tree stand to it and then staple plastic sheeting to the plywood. The wooden base will give your tree solid footing so that even the cat can't topple it (not that she won't keep trying). The plastic let's you slide the tree around on the carpet for easy decorating and protects the carpet from any watering spills.
Do you like the convenience of an artificial tree but dislike storing it because it takes up so darn much space? Try this idea. Use two 8-in.- diameter concrete form tubes, wrap each layer of the tree in twine and store half the tree layers in one tube and half in the other. Mark the layer numbers on each tube and stow the tubes in your garage rafters. A perfect solution!
If you love decorating your house with tons of lights inside and out, here’s a great idea. To keep all the lights from getting tangled and make it easy to string them around your yard, roll the strings of lights onto a portable hose reel that has wheels and a handle. You’ll be able to pull the lights around your yard and roll off as many as you need without any help from elves (or anyone else). Ho ho ho.
Artificial Christmas trees are assembled in color-coded layers. After a few years, the colors rub off (or you lose the instructions), and putting the tree together gets confusing. Try this simple trick. When you disassemble the tree at the end of the season, do it one level at a time. Once all the branches from one level are off, duct-tape them together and number each layer with a marker. Next year, the tree will go together in a snap!