My 3 Dollar Tree Collar


thrifted, pleated lamp shade, tree collar, budget home decor, christmas, diy, the rural legend, dining room


thrifted, pleated lamp shade, tree collar, budget home decor, christmas, diy, the rural legend, dining room

How many trees is too many?! Asking for a friend...


I love filling my home with Christmas trees because that soft glow in every room just brings us so much joy! I love the look of a tree collar versus a skirt but they can get pricey - especially if you have more than one tree!


thrifted, pleated lamp shade, tree collar, budget home decor, christmas, diy, the rural legend, dining room


I had an idea the other night in bed about turning a thrifted lamp shade into a tree collar - they're practically the same shape, right?! And I just had to show you what it looks like!


thrifted, pleated lamp shade, tree collar, budget home decor, christmas, diy, the rural legend, dining room

thrifted, pleated lamp shade, tree collar, budget home decor, christmas, diy, the rural legend, dining room


I found this pleated shade at Salvation Army for $3 and it is the perfect size for the tree in our dining room! I cut off the metal pieces inside the shade that hold onto the light bulb. If you are adding this to a preassemble tree, you can cut through the lamp shade and cut open the wire rings that make the shape. The shade will retain the cone shape and you can easily slide it onto your tree base!


thrifted, pleated lamp shade, tree collar, budget home decor, christmas, diy, the rural legend, dining room

From here, you can leave it as is or spray paint it! I asked my Instagram audience what they thought and most people voted to paint it black.


thrifted, pleated lamp shade, tree collar, budget home decor, christmas, diy, the rural legend, dining room


thrifted, pleated lamp shade, tree collar, budget home decor, christmas, diy, the rural legend, dining room

I just gave the shade a few light coats of flat black paint and let it dry for a few hours before adding it around my tree. What do you think? If this a thrifting trick you'd use in your home? Let me know in the comments!


xoxo, L


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