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How-To: The Nordic Style Christmas Tree Basket

How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration!

As I was naming this blog post yesterday, it occurred to me just how simplistic and all around ‘common-sense-esque’ it sounded. How hard can it be to put your real Christmas tree in a basket? The truth is I’ve been trying to figure out how to use a basket (in lieu of a tree skirt) for my real Christmas tree for the last few years, and I finally figured out a set up that works. So here we are!

You see with real trees the stands are often 20″-24″ at their widest point, making it difficult to disguise in a basket without the basket being MASSIVE. I recently came across a 16″ diameter plastic tree stand that holds a 6′ tree. Our tree this year is a real Fraser Fir, known for its more “open” Nordic feel. The top of the tree thins to a single branch with a few small off shoots. Technically, the tree is a 7-footer, but considering the sparseness at the top of the tree, I decided to give it a whirl with the 6′ tree stand. And SPOILER alert…it works great!

The 16″ tree stand diameter makes the basket so much more doable. Here I’m using an 18″ round sea grass basket from Target’s home storage section. Placing the tree stand in the basket is a snug fit, keeping the whole set up nice and stable. For good measure, I thought I’d detail our whole tree setup this year. See sources at the bottom!

How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration! How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration!

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Glitter Star Tree Topper  ||  Fraser Fir Real Tree  ||  Finial Ornaments ||  Candle Clips  ||  Candles  ||  Black and White Striped Ornaments  ||  Danish RowHouse Gift Wrap  ||  Black Plaid Gift Wrap  ||  White Plaid Ribbon  ||  Black Border Ribbon  ||  6ft Plastic Tree Stand  ||  Sea Grass Basket

8 In DIY/ Food/ Uncategorized

How to Make: Wild Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters


We recently discovered a cocktail at Heyday in Minneapolis that knocked our socks off and was the catalyst for our interest in experimenting with home brew bitters. The cocktail was an ‘old fashioned’ type mixed up with wild cherry bark vanilla bitters, a bit of cane sugar and a garnish of orange zest. Oh so delizioso. Check back on Friday, as I’ll be sharing our take on that killer Heyday cocktail!

If you’re not super familiar with bitters, they’re considered to be the ‘salt and pepper’ of cocktails, adding complexity and that ‘je ne sais quoi.’ There are a billion different theories on what proportions make the best bitters (a matter of taste and preference, I guess), so after alot of research, we landed on the recipe and procedure below.  Continue Reading →

1 In DIY/ Party/ Uncategorized

How To: The Poufy Bow


While working at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Candy Shop  in high school, I put together countless Holiday gift baskets full of every kind of sugary (and sugar-free) confection you can think of, and each one was always tied up with a pretty bow. Needless to say I had plenty of opportunities to work on my bow-making craft, and here’s the method I found works best for achieving a big, poufy, festive bow. The secret is in the ribbon. Wide, wired ribbon–the wider the better–is the key to success! Continue Reading →

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