I was getting a little bored with tree skirts. Also the price for some I liked were about $40! I couldn't afford that. I wanted a rustic tree crate/stand that made my new 6.5" Christmas tree taller also. This one ended up being just what I imagined. I used (4) 1x3x8 furring strips, (1) 1x2x8 and a 2x2x8. Stained it and set the tree inside with a platform using scrap pieces I had.