This post about how to make a Christmas tree skirt is sponsored by The Home Depot. You know the classic scene with the model train running around the base of the Christmas tree? I took it up a notch and made a tree skirt precisely for the train tracks under our Christmas tree. And I’m sharing how to build it so you can make one too!
A DIY tutorial to build a Christmas tree skirt for a train. Make a safe place for the train tracks under the tree with this Christmas tree skirt.
For years my kids begged to have a train running around the Christmas tree. And now I’ve finally come around to making that dream come true. This train track tree skirt adds the finishing touch to your tree. Not only does it provide a sturdy base for the tracks but it has snow and beautiful stained wood trim.
But first let’s start with the Christmas tree. It’s a beauty that sparkles with a hint of glitter. It’s frosted but not too frosted, it’s pre-lit and pre-decorated with pine cones. That all makes a great base to add whatever Christmas decorations and ornaments you want!
Ultimately it’s the adorable train set and tree skirt made for the train that make this tree come alive. And look there’s still plenty of room for gifts.
For the complete tutorial including step by step plans and cut lists click here.
- lumber and plans
- trim router
- miter saw
- wood glue
- hot glue gun
- paint stir sticks
- batting or fake snow
For this Christmas tree skirt you’ll need a router and circle jig to cut the skirt shape. Alternatively you could use a jig saw to cut out the circle shape.
To keep the circle shape we have to add the side pieces in short segments. You can see I’m attaching the 2×3 side panels from the top down and using clamps to hold my piece in position while I drill.
To cover the raw edge of the plywood you could use edge banding but I opted to hot glue batting to act as snow.
Then add stained paint stir sticks cut into short pieces as wood trim.
And finally assemble the two halves together and add the track.
Thanks for joining me for this Christmas tree train track skirt project. Please leave any questions in the comments below and be sure to follow me on social media for sneak peeks, tools and project inspiration:
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pat cellitti says
really cute idea
Noel DeWeese says
The link to the Home Depot blog lands on a “Page Not Found” page. Would love to see the whole build.
Thank you Noel for letting me know. I will check with HD and get back to you.
Hi Noel, I have made the plans available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v44uUQ5ouKIt4TqNzmKue6PRNWFZFfhi/view?usp=sharing You should be able to view and print. Good luck with your project!
Probably the easiest and best idea I have seen on the internet for an elevated train set up. With out raising the tree. I’m going to do this for my tain set. The roomba keeps knocking mine off the tracks.
Thanks Nick, its pretty slick and easy to store. You could probably use 1/2″ plywood versus the 3/4″ for the platform. And of course the train is always a hit with kids and visitors.
Natalie Riccio says
Can I pay you to make me one!?
Hi Natalie, thanks for your inquiry. I apologize but I don’t make these to sell. Maybe someone local to you can use my plans to make it for you? Good luck
Angelica Cruz says
Where is the train from?
Hi Angelica, the train is from Home Depot a few years back but they have a similar version that may work here: https://bit.ly/3VPjecR