I found a huge terracotta planter outside at a small garden center. "You don't want that one," the clerk told me. "It has a big crack in it." Well, that sounded exactly like the one I wanted, because I talked them into a 50 percent discount. Since I have an artificial tree, the planter wouldn't need to hold water. Yea!
After lugging it home, I tucked it into a corner of the basement, where it was promptly broken along the crack by some rambunctious boys. After an encounter with some glue and some white paint, it was lovingly transported to its new spot in the living room and fitted with strange wood parts my husband cut to serve as a tree stand. Then I stuffed a big piece of burlap in and around the base of the tree, which was a total waste since once the branches were on, it was completely hidden.