Bottle Brush Trees in Spindles

Carla Neubauer
by Carla Neubauer
2 Materials
2 Hours

Why do people grab trash from the road? To make adorable decor!

I grabbed a trashed cart from the curb because it had solid wood spindle legs. I used a miter saw to cut off the ends. Using the holes that once held wheels, they became the perfect stumps for Christmas trees.

I used found objects and these same pink bottle brush trees (from hobby lobby!) last year (see the last picture) and wanted to make more this year.

The leg from a cart that was left on a curb for trash.

Here’s the piece I cut (and sanded) from the cart leg. It’s the very bottom and I removed the wheels.

The other side; where the wheels were attached.

This is the sample size of fusion paint in the color presses fern; a beautiful dark teal green.

This is the first project on which I used this color and I love it.

Paint the spindle pieces and let dry. I did 2-3 coats.

In this picture you can also see hot glue I applied generously to adhere the tree.

These bottle brush trees come in a box set of three. There’s other colors, but I’m a pink Christmas kind of girl. Who’s with me!? 🥰❤️

Hold the stem with pliers and twist off the wood end. Keep that for another project.

Take tree now and hot glue into the spindle.

Hold it in place for a few seconds while to hot glue sets.

Tada! So cute. I love this pink/teal color combo.

Add ribbon and you’re done.

Here are the ones I made this year with the ones from last year. As you can see, you can get creative picking items to pair with your tree.

Happy crafting friends!

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Suggested materials:
  • Pink bottle brush tree, set of three   (Hobby Lobby
  • Fusion paint in Pressed Fern   (Independent retailer)
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  • Mary Mary on Oct 20, 2023

    I love this idea! I was thinking too that u can take all the bottoms of the trees that u removed and glue then stack them for another bottom to a tree. Thanks for sharing this diy.😉

    • Carla Neubauer Carla Neubauer on Oct 27, 2023

      Thank you, yes. Also, I have skinny spindles that need a base to stand; they would work for that too.

  • Susan Grekso Susan Grekso on Oct 27, 2023

    Clever and so cute