Easy Way to Water a Christmas Tree

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Try this easy way to water a Christmas tree! It only takes three items and just a few steps to make, and you’ll love the end result.

We love real trees, but one of the duties that comes with it is to make sure it stays watered for the duration of the holiday season. It means nearly daily watering, and we’ve come up with a method that makes it SO easy. No more crawling under the tree, battling branches and spilling water. It’s a super simple method, and uses just three items that you may even already have around your house.

One of our most favorite Christmas traditions is cutting down a tree for our family room. We look forward to it every year, and some of the best holiday memories have come from our adventures in tree cutting! But it also means some maintenance, and regular watering. Before we started this method, there was always some spilled water as we crawled under the tree with a pitcher of water.

This simple method uses just three items and three easy steps, and it will save you so much time and spilled water! It really is the easy way to water a Christmas tree, and has made such a difference at our house.

Easy Way to Water a Christmas Tree


The three items you need are:

  • piece of 1.5 inch PVC pipe
  • Duct tape
  • Funnel that fits inside the pipe

We found all of our supplies at our local hardware store, where we could test and make sure the funnel fit inside the pipe.


Step 1: Cut the pipe to the length you need–ours is about 4.5 feet. That was long enough to go from the bottom of the stand, up to about my waist. Depending the height of your tree, this measurement can change–just cut it to the length you need.

Step 2: Once the pipe is cut to length, insert the funnel inside the pipe and duct tape them together.

Easy Way to Water a Christmas Tree

Step 3: Slide the PVC pipe into the stand, up through the branches of the tree. That’s it!! SO quick and easy! No more bending or crawling beneath the tree!

Easy Way to Water a Christmas Tree

We actually leave the pipe in the tree all the time, because we hit it on the back side of the tree and it can’t be seen. But you can always take it in and out every time you water if you need to, or if you can’t hide it.

It makes watering a breeze, and even my kids can help, since it’s so easy!

Easy Way to Water a Christmas Tree


Can I use a different kind of tape?

I highly recommend using duct tape–it’s strong, and will hold the funnel to the pipe. It’s also water resistant, so even if some water is spilled on it in the process of watering, it should hold up really well.

How long will it last?

We’ve used the same one for the past three years. Depending on how you take care of and store it, it should last a few years before you need to make another one.

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