How to Store Christmas Tree in a Box

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “how to store a Christmas tree in a box?” and provide you with insights on the types of Christmas trees you can use and how to store them correctly.

How to store a Christmas tree in a box?

The cheapest and easiest way to store a Christmas tree in a box is to stick with the cardboard box your tree came in. These will hold up well for one or two years, possibly more if you’re careful with it. 

You can also do some work on your cardboard box to make it stronger and last longer. One method is to use pieces of a different cardboard box and glue them on the inside of the box. 

This will make it stronger and less likely to break at the seams. You should also try to tape the box together in the same spot every year. 

Removing and applying tape in different spots wears the material down.

However, cardboard absorbs moisture instead of repelling it (some have a plastic coating which helps with water resistance). 

Wet cardboard promotes mold and mildew growth, which is not good for your artificial tree. 

Insects (like cockroaches, silverfish, and crickets) like to nest and nibble on cardboard, which can make setting up your tree next year a nightmare.

How can you use the box?

The original box might also be too small, making it difficult to get your tree bag into the box. There’s bound to be a little bit of bend and bulge with the box, which is ok as long as you tape it well.

Before disassembling your tree, make sure it’s unplugged. If you wiped it down, allow ample time for the needles to fully dry.

Smaller artificial trees are usually one piece and fold up similar to an umbrella. Full-size trees, however, are composed of several parts. 

They can be tricky to disassemble, and as you only do this once a year, there’s no shame in referring to the manufacturer’s instructions.

However, if you have space to spare, there is a way around this pesky step. Upright tree bags allow you to store your tree completely assembled, base and all. 

They tend to be more expensive than other storage bags, and they’re definitely not space savers-but if you have the room, setting up your tree next year will be as easy as unzipping a bag.

Don’t bother saving your tree’s original box. While reducing and reusing is a noble cause, in this case, it’s not your best bet. 

Christmas trees, an artificial tree’s branches, fluff out considerably over the course of the holiday, and stuffing them back into the original packaging could cause damage.

What you want is a good quality Christmas tree bag. If you’re going to spend the money on a nice tree, you want to protect it.

The types of bags you can use

When it comes to bags, there are plenty of options out there. Some have wheels, which can come in handy if you’re transporting a heavy tree.

 Others come in sets, which can be easier than storing one oversize bag. Regardless of which bag you choose, make sure it’s water-resistant.

Carefully place each piece of your tree into the bag. If your tree is on the larger side, err on the side of an extra-large storage bag-you don’t want to squish your branches.

Finally, store your bag in a cool, dry place. Heat can cause artificial trees to become discolored or even melt, so depending on your location, the attic or garage may not be your best option.


In this brief article, we answered the question, “how to store a Christmas tree in a box?” and provide you with insights on the types of Christmas trees you can use and how to store them correctly.


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