How to Make a Mobile Christmas Tree

Mobile Christmas trees are the easiest way to bring holiday flair to any room in the house. Learn how to turn wooden crates, galvanized tubs or children's baby doll buggies into beautiful vessels for your Christmas tree.

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Materials Needed:

  • galvanized metal wash tub, wooden crate or children's baby doll buggy
  • casters or vintage wheels (if not using a buggy)
  • 2 strips of 1x2 pine lumber
  • drill
  • metal screws or wood screws
  • 5-foot-tall artificial Christmas tree
  • bag of sand, bag of pebbles or freestanding bricks
  • blanket or tree skirt
  • spray lubricant

Choose Vessel

The most important step in the project is deciding on the proper vessel for your mobile tree. Though galvanized metal washtubs are the most readily available, children's baby doll buggies add charm and vintage flair. These can be found at toy stores or online through vintage retailers.

Reinforce the Bottom

In order to securely add wheels to your vessel, it's important to reinforce the bottom. Pick up two 18-inch strips of 1X2 pine lumber from a home improvement store. Next, attach both pieces inside the bottom of your vessel using a drill and metal or wood screws.

Attach Casters or Buggy Base

Use the reverse setting of the drill to reverse the metal or wood screws from the 1X2 pine. Next, line up the buggy base with the bottom of the vessel. Using your drill, screw through the hole in the buggy base, then up through the pre-drilled hole in the 1X2 pine.

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