How to Cut Down a Christmas Tree

Nothing says "Sleigh all day" like cutting down your own Christmas tree. It's fun, nostalgic, and bristling with that magical pine scent -- not going with a fresh cut Christmas tree just seems faux pas! Whether you're hitting the town tree farm or heading into the frosty forest, we've got all the tips and tools you need to cut your own Christmas tree. By Andrea Crowley

It's easy to cut your own Christmas tree! Nothing says holiday time like a natural Christmas tree decked with lights, ornaments, and garlands. Get our tips for cutting trees complete with the tools you'll need and must-have safety tips. 

Get inspired by these gorgeous Christmas trees. 

What You'll Need

  • Bow saw
  • Tie-down straps
  • Tape measurer
  • Netting

Step 1: Pick the perfect tree

Remember, natural Christmas trees look a lot smaller out in the open. Before leaving home, measure the room where you'll be showcasing the Christmas tree to get a good idea of the height and width you're looking for. Once you've found the right fit, shake the tree to let off any loose pine needles. Not only will this help keep setup nice and tidy, but it's also a good way to double-check that the tree is alive and healthy.

Learn about the types of Christmas trees.

Step 2: Cut the tree

Cutting trees is simpler than it looks! First, place the bow saw at the base of the tree with the blade facing away from you. Using a back and forth motion, saw the tree until it's fully cut down. Be sure to stay clear of the area so no one gets injured as the tree is coming down. 

Step 3: Tote the tree

Make the trip home as easy as pumpkin pie, with a net and some sturdy tie-down straps. You'll want to put the net over the tree before you make the trek back to the car. (Trust us, it makes pulling so much easier!) As you're lifting onto the roof, place the base end of the tree at the front of the car and the tip of the tree towards the back. Roof rack or not, you'll want to loop the straps through the doors of the car and not the windows, to make sure it's extra secure.

Step 4: Set up the tree

Before going inside, shake off the tree one last time. The sap from your initial tree cutting can sometimes create a seal around the Christmas tree base. Recut it before placing in water, so you can be sure it'll soak up as much as it needs.

Now put on some Sinatra and bust out the trimmings -- you'll be rockin' around the Christmas tree in no time!

Learn how to light your Christmas tree. 

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