Christmas Tree made from Old Spindles
I have been planning this project for 10 months!
January I was putting away last Christmas’s decorations. While putting things away, I found a wire metal ornament tree. I forgot I had. I hadn’t used it in years. It never looked good decorated, in my opinion. One year I tied ribbons to ornaments…ugh too busy. Another year I clipped Christmas cards on the scrolls…ugh too cluttered. The next year I put in back in the box and forgot about it.
We moved the box to two houses without knowing what was inside! Have you done that? Fourteen years later I opened the box and found inspiration.
But it was January and had to wait 10 months to share.
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Christmas tree with spindles
Here’s wire Christmas tree sitting on the remade organ mantel. The wire pieces hook on the stem of the tree. My plan is to take them off and remove the hooks. That was easy with wire clippers.
If you’re looking for a wire stand to make one yourself, I found these ideas on Amazon.
I spend around 45 minutes working outside with little Bella, the DIY dog. I pulled out old spindles from the workshop and lined them up by size.
To drill a hole about 1/4 inch in a round spindle I drill a small pilot hole first. This keeps the tip of the bit from sliding off the round spindle. The large hole on the left above is where another spindle was inserted. I think this spindle was from an old crib.
Some spindles I cut to size. I decided to spray a creamy white on the wire tree. It seemed dated with the gold over the white. I’m not a ribbon and bows kind of girl and almost didn’t spray the metal ribbon.
Now I’m glad I did! It’s the perfect topper to this tree. 🙂
The finished Christmas Tree with Spindles!
The Christmas tree with spindles is sitting on the faux mantel.
Old spindles are in the design of the mantel too. 😕
In January when I found this wire tree, I put it in a dresser drawer in the guest room. Then…because I’m old…I added a reminder on my phone for November. The reminder went off a few days ago. I had even typed in where I stashed the wire tree. Lol!
Oh, the joy of old age! But otherwise, I’m sure I would still be looking for the wire tree!
Now it’s done and I get to share it with you. Mike did say, “So this will be out for awhile?”
I’m sure he meant it’s November and we have the spindle tree on display for two months!
For fun, I spun the spindles around!
Here are more Christmas spindle projects…
Mr. Brown’s Christmas Tree
Shaggy Rope Tree
Do you like the Christmas tree with spindles displayed flat or spun around?
Update: On Tuesday, November 15th at 1 pm, EST, I shared how to make your own spindle tree on Hometalk’s Facebook Page. It was a “LIVE” broadcast! Above is a “speedy” video I made after the live demo.
If you have an hour to waste…you can watch the LIVE broadcast here.
Please let me know which tree you like the best.
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The pedestal looks just beautiful. Thanks so much for partying with us and sharing your projects at Vintage Charm.
Why do we have to cut down trees or use those artificial things that are just a mess when we can have something so cute and so simple and something that just brings a smile to your face like yours has done for me! I love your spindle tree very much!
It gets to be a chore after a while so something so pretty would be a blessing to have as a replacement.! Love it!
Thank you so much for the compliment. I love to reuse items and it’s so much better than cutting down trees and vacuuming needles for months afterward. Have a great holiday. ~Jeanette
I have loved this tree since I first saw it. I’m thinking it was a year or so ago. I have been looking for something I could use as a stand to recreate it ever since then. Now I’m finally going to make one of my own!! Thank you for the instructions and ideas for the base. 🎄❣️🎄❣️
Hey Lorraine, so glad I could help. There’s always a solution! Have a great holiday. ~Jeanette
I love your spindle tree!! I have a huge stash of spindles and I think I might give this a try – or at least some variation of it!! Thanks for sharing!!
Yeah! I’m sure you’ll love a spindle tree!
I have been loving you’re tree forever!!! I have been searching the internet trying to find a tutorial or where you got the wire stand so I could recreate it. I can’t believe I FINALLY FOUND IT!!! Thank you so very much for the instructions on how to make my own!! This is my absolute favorite wooden tree ever!!!
Awe, Lorraine, thank you so much. I love this tree too. Some days the spindles are all straight and sometimes I spin them around. Hugs, Jeanette
Love this Christmas tree!! How awesomely creative!!!
Love it! I’m already collecting green kitchen tools for to make my own tree, now I’ve got to find a base for a spindle tree (I think I have enough spindles). You’re keeping me busy. I like it both ways–flat or spread out. Just plain awesome.
Diana, I will be coming up with an idea if you can’t find a base. I’m working on it over the weekend. I’ll keep you posted!! When you get the green kitchen tools gathered send my a photo!! I love to keep readers busy! 😀
What a clever repurpose Jeanette – so much cuter now. I like it both ways but I’ve got to say my favorite is with them spun around.
Lol! Each day I’ve been changing them.
This has to be one of my favourite repurposed trees… maybe tied with your cutlery tree. You are so clever! Can we do a Christmas gift exchange!? ;o)
Lol! Lucy, there was going to be a Christmas gift blogging exchange but not many signed up. I think it was planned too late. Maybe next year you and I can start one! 🙂
That is so cute! Good idea for putting a reminder on your phone…I may have to steal that idea. The tree looks good either way but I love it flat! The metal tree is the perfect base for the spindles. Nice!
Thank you Cecilia! I like it flat best too! It like it’s hair is combed!
Love it!! I’m still finding forgotten stuff in my storage and I only moved last May! But my spindles are too far away in my brother’s shed across the state from me, so I’m putting a reminder in MY phone now so I can remember to make this for NEXT year and where to find them too! Thanks for giving this old GrAndiMa that tip 🙂
Andi, it is amazing how we can forgot stuff. I’m learning to use reminders for most of life!
Oh Jeannie, this is SO STINKIN’ ADORABLE!!! ? I love this so so much, that I’m gonna make one too! I think I prefer the flat look, but it works both ways. ? I have some spindles I didn’t know what to do with..yay!
Jeannette…sorry I called you the wrong name!! Eeeek… ?
Amy, I hope you enjoy making yours too! Send in a picture! Don’t worry about the name, I answer to any name. 🙂
Super cute Jeanette! Love the ribbon topper too!
Thank you Anne, I am glad I added the topper.
this is so dang cute i love it lol i love most everything you do…poor mike tell him if you put it away you won’t be able to find it again xx
Lol! Chris, It’s amazing what I find around here that was lost for years!