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My First Instructable: Make a Hidden Christmas Tree Watering System

My wife and I have celebrated the past 20 Christmases together. In all those years, we’ve always decorated with an artificial Christmas tree. It takes several hours to set up our tree and get it looking like a real tree, even before we hang the first ornament on it. This year I wanted to save some time by just buying a live Christmas tree.

My wife realized quickly that this thing is thirsty! It’s quite a hassle to fill a bottle with water, move the presents, crawl under the tree, fill up the reservoir, go to the kitchen to refill the bottle, add more water to the reservoir, and then rearrange the presents like they were before we started. Ok, it’s a 2-minute task total, but do that once-a-day every-day for a month and you’ve just spent an hour watering the Christmas tree and moving packages around. I knew there had to be a better way.

As I thought about the problem, I realized that a siphon was the solution to my problem. However, I knew that a bucket of water and a hose under the Christmas tree was just a little too redneck for my wife. So, I had to come up with some way to disguise it.

This afternoon I made a trip to the local hardware store, came home and built my Hidden Christmas Tree Watering System. It works great and didn’t take long at all to put together. It took much longer to write the Instructable, but I’m glad I had that experience. I may write more in the future now that I know how their system works.

Anyway, I would appreciate it if you would check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below or on the Instructables site. I have another question too, would you prefer that I put projects like this on Instructables or just post the pictures and instructions here on my blog. I’m trying to figure out the advantages and disadvantages of each way.

Instructables Screenshot Make a Hidden Christmas Tree Watering System

Update (11/13/2008): A couple hours after I posted this Instructable, I received the following email from the Instructables Robot saying it had been chosen as a “Feature”. Cool! Thanks, Instructables!

Your Instructable “Make a Hidden Christmas Tree Watering System” was just featured by one of our editors!

Look for it on the Instructables homepage within the next 30 minutes. Being featured means we think you are awesome.  Keep up the great work!


Update (11/15/2008): I just noticed that Lifehacker has picked this up and posted a link to it. There is lot’s of good conversation there. Thanks everyone!

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    12/17/2008 at 8:59 am

    This is very cool! I wonder if I could rig something like this to water a tree with a root ball.

    I want to do a live tree that we can plant in the yard next year. I might just have to subsitute a large rubbermaid container for the tree stand.


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    12/17/2008 at 10:33 pm

    Brooke – Thanks for stopping by! I would be concerned this might water-log a live tree with a root ball. However, the nice thing about that kind of live tree is that the dirt holds water anyway, so I wouldn’t think you would need to water it nearly as often. Check with the folks from which you purchase it. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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    12/1/2009 at 8:33 am

    This is genius!!!

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