Vintage Spindle Christmas Tree

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Turn a pile of vintage spindles, a wood slice and a little paint into the perfect Christmas Tree for a small space.
Remember the never ending box of vintage spindles for the Vintage Spindle Snowmen from last week? Well, this time some of them got turned into the perfect Christmas Tree for a small space.
For the spindle tree you will need 6 to 10 spindles. If you don't have vintage spindles by the hoards just living around ;) you can usually find these for next to nothing at your local salvage store.

Each of the spindles needs to be cut a little shorter than the one before. Once your spindles are cut, you will need to drill a hole in the middle of each one.

For my tree, I used all different shaped spindles to give it some variety and texture. It would be just as beautiful though with all of the same type of spindles.
Paint your spindles in different shades of green and white. I used Country Chic Paint in Hollow Hill and Lazy Linen. Paint two of the spindles with the colours as they are. The others can be painted with different mixed of the two colours.

I gave the spindles a good sanding once they were painted to bring out all of the beautiful details and to make them look worn and used.
You will need a thick wood slice for your base and a dowel to hold your tree together. Cut the dowel long enough to go through all of the spindles and a few extra inches for the trunk.

Drill a hold into the middle of the wood slice and then glue the dowel into the hole. Once you have the base and "trunk", drop your spindles on largest to smallest.
To keep the spindles from dropping down to the wood slice, I wrapped and glued some hemp twine around the bottom 2 inches of the dowel.
Finish your tree off with a bow or star and you have the perfect little tree.

For additional pictures and to see more vintage finds and spindle projects, pop over to the blog...
Suggested materials:
  • Vintage spindles   (salvage/thrift store)
  • Green paint   (craft store/local stockist)
  • White paint   (craft store/local stockist)
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  • Sus4691264 Sus4691264 on Dec 11, 2016
    Where did you get your "little wooden rings" that you used for spacers between your spindles"

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