How To Tie Down A Christmas Tree

how to tie a Christmas tree to your car

With the holiday season officially here, it’s time to get the family together, drive over to your local Christmas tree farm, and pick one out that is the perfect size and shape for you. Once you pick it out, though, you’ll need a way to tie it down to the roof and get it home without it falling off. Although you might think this is an intuitive process, it isn’t always, and we’re here to share our tips and tricks for tying down a tree to your car.

The Knot

There are two types of basic knots you can start with--the overhand loop knot and the slip knot. If you plan on reusing the rope, the slip knot would work best because it is easy to undo, however, with the free plastic twine that you will most likely be using to tie down the tree, the overhand loop works just fine. Start by tying it to one of your roof racks to provide an anchoring point for the rope. Below is a picture of the overhand loop knot:

How To Tie It Around The Tree

You’ll want to position the tree with the base of it facing forward in order to make it as aerodynamic as possible. Once the knot is secured on one of the roof racks, you can press down on the base of the tree and wrap the line around it a few times. This is the most important step, as it will prevent the tree from sliding under the line and becoming a serious safety hazard should you have to stop short.

Next, make a loop in the line near the middle of the tree, which you will use to feed the running end of the line back through the roof rack and through the loop to create a self-tightening knot. Pass the running end back and forth through the roof rack a few times to create a sturdy hold on the tree, then use a half hitch knot to tie it at the end of the roof rack. Repeat the process across the entire length of the tree, passing it through some branches for added stability.

From our family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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