- Allen wrench
- Impact Drill
- Miter saw
- 2 8-ft 2x4's
- 8 2-1/2-in. screws
- 8 8-in Wire Eye Lags
Project step-by-step (6)
How to Build a Christmas Tree Stand:
Follow our step-by-step guide for how to build a Christmas tree stand.
Build the Base
Cut one of your 8-ft. 2x4s into four 23-1/2-in. lengths on either a miter saw or a circular saw. Then, build a square out of those four sections of 2×4, butting the ends together in a spiraling pattern so you end up with a square, 25 x 25-in. base. You could also nail the base together, but it’s best to use screws so there’s no risk of it coming apart later and your fully-decorated Christmas tree toppling over.
Determine How Big of an Opening You Need
The opening at the center of the stand needs to be big enough to accommodate the size of the trunk of your Christmas tree. We built this base with an opening of 5 in. so that it would fit the diameter of the average Christmas tree trunk, which is 4 in. according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
Once you’ve decided how big of an opening you want at the center of the base, you just need to do some quick math to calculate the length you should cut the rest of your 2×4 to. Take the width of your base and subtract the size of your opening. Divide that number by 2 and then add the size of your opening to it. For us, that calculation looked like ((25″-5″)/2)+5= 15″.
That final number is the length at which you will want to cut four more 2x4s, which will be used to build the top of the stand.
Mark the Boards and Pre-Drill
Make three marks on each of the 2x4s you just cut. One mark should be the length of your opening (5 in.) away from the end of the board, one should be exactly halfway between that mark (2-1/2 in.), and the last one should be at the length of your opening plus 3/4 in (5-3/4 in.).
Once you’ve marked up your boards, it’s time to pre-drill some holes. First, drill two clearance holes for 2-1/2 in. screws at the furthest mark you just made (5-3/4 in.) and partially drive screws into each of these holes.
You also need to pre-drill two clearance holes for the wire eye lags that will hold your tree in place. Those go right at the middle mark you made earlier (2-1/2 in.).
Assemble the Top of the Stand
Assemble those four 2x4s together in a sort of pinwheel shape, lining each edge up with (5 in.) mark you made earlier. The pre-drilled holes should be perfectly lined up; finish driving the screws you started earlier to assemble the top of your stand.
Attach the Two Pieces Together
Now it’s time to put together the base and top of your tree stand. Place the top of the stand on top of the base, line it up so that everything is flush with the opening on your top piece is at the center of your base. Then toenail the top of the stand down into the base to secure it in place.
Partially Drive in the Wire Eye Lags
Partially drive the lag bolts into the pre-drilled holes you made earlier. This will make it easier to quickly drive them into the tree once it’s in position. The easiest way to drive screw eye bolts is to put an Allen wrench into the end of your drill/driver and use that to gradually spin the bolt in (pictured above). Once that’s done, your new Christmas tree stand is ready and it’s time for you to go tree shopping.