Well, making an upcycled chair spindle Christmas tree seems like a great idea, right?
Upcycled Chair Spindle Christmas Tree Display
They say imitation is the best form of flattery. My good friend Holly from Full Circle Creations makes these really great trees-not this one, that one is mine. I’m sure Holly would not want to claim it. It all sounded good when I started. I put a call out on facebook for an unwanted Christmas tree. My cousin Lois had one she wanted to get rid of. She’s always good about tossing stuff my way. Do you remember the sewing cabinet and the crib into an easel/sandwich board?
Repurposed Christmas Tree
The tree was in great shape, and probably worked just fine. It was difficult for me to dismantle a perfectly good tree, but I got busy removing the lights.
Here are some of the branches with their lights removed.
Bucket of Chair Spindles
I gathered some readily available upcycled chair spindles.
Cut the Pieces to Size
I cut some of the chair spindle parts.
Then, I cut some bases out of some leftover lumber.
Add Base to Upcycled Chair Spindle
These were made a lot like I made the pedestal stands a few months ago. I drilled a pilot hole in the base and the bottom of the spindle. By screwing the screw slightly through the base, and using some Gorilla Wood Glue, then attaching the spindle, I got a really tight fit.
Spindles and Bases
I made 4 different ones, and went looking for some taller spindles.
I found these hanging out in my shed. You can see some more bases laying on the table.
Testing out a branch from the tree. Looks pretty good eh?
Spindle Christmas Trees
I spray painted the upcycled chair spindles and their bases black.
Then it sort of goes horribly wrong. First, let’s take a look at my inspiration photo from Holly:
Holly from Full Circle Creations does beautiful work, and her trees look great!
Mine? not so much! I mean the trees look okay. The plan was to take a few decorated to show what can be done…
Maybe I should use them to show how NOT to decorate a really cute spindle Christmas tree. Craft fail? You tell me, what should I do?
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