Repurposed Furniture Legs into Alternative Christmas Trees

Create some fun trees from repurposed furniture legs

From December 1st to December 23rd I’m sharing three Christmas projects per week, for Twelve Days of Christmas Projects.

Welcome to Day Eleven!

You can find links to the other projects at this end of this post.

Today’s project is all about throwing creative Christmas caution to the wind, and just making something out of what I could find in my stashes.

I gave myself thrifty minutes to look through my stuff and decide what to make. And for me that’s quite the challenge because I’ve been known to mull over project for weeks sometimes. Even months! lol.

So, I was looking forward to giving this challenge a try and seeing what I could come up with.

Repurposed furniture legs, plastic clotheslines, and crafts puffs

I have a small collection of furniture legs, and I pulled three of them in different sizes. I thought they kind of looked like trees, so that was good enough for me.

The red/white and green/white striped ropes are actually plastic clotheslines from the dollar store. Whenever I see colorful ropes there I have to buy them, because if I don’t I know I won’t find them when I want them.

I always bring craft puffs or pom poms home whenever I see them at a thrift store.

So, I had my main ingredients and now it was time to have some fun.

Wrapping repurposed furniture legs

gluing plastic clothesline onto furniture leg

Repurposing the furniture legs into trees was actually super easy.

All you have to do is wind the clotheslines around the legs and adhere with hot glue as you go.

I’m using the green clothesline on the longest leg, which is about 12 inches long including the screw thingy.

wrapping green and white plastic clothesline around furniture leg and hot gluing in place

And you just keep going around and around and around…

wrapping green and white plastic clothesline around furniture leg and hot gluing in place from top to bottom

… all thew way up to the top of the tree, which is actually the bottom of the leg.

The one thing about this plastic clothesline is that it can become untwisted when you’re working with it, so you have to sort of twist it a little as you go.

two wooden furniture legs wrapped with red and green plastic clotheslines

After I was done the green tree, I used the red and white clothesline to make a red one. I used the smallest furniture leg this time. It’s about 7 inches long including the screw thingy.

Covering a furniture leg with craft puffs

gluing red, green, and white craft puffs onto wooden furniture leg

And now for something completely different, to pull all three colors together in the final tree I’m covering the middle leg with red, white, and green craft puffs.

You just glue them around the leg in a way that looks good to you.

There’s no right or wrong here.

repurposed furniture legs covered with clotheslines and craft puffs

And here are my three repurposed furniture leg trees.

It’s nice that they still had their screws in them. Actually the screws were in so tight, there was no way they were coming out.

Adding tree toppers to furniture leg trees

How to repurpose furniture legs into alternative DIY Christmas trees

I have a box full of vintage plastic and foil light reflectors that I’ve collected through the years, and I use them as tree topper a lot.

That’s because they’re the perfect size, and there are so many different shapes and colors.

I decided on clear plastic stars for the clothesline trees, and a gold plastic and foil star for the craft puff tree.

Repurposed furniture legs into DIY Christmas trees

To dress up the toppers I added some mini poinsettias to the clear stars, and a rhinestone from a broken bracelet to the craft puff star.

So I gave myself thrifty minutes to choose my supplies for a project, and it took me about an hour to get the trees done.

Supplies needed to create repurposed furniture leg trees

  • wooden furniture legs
  • plastic clothesline ropes
  • craft puffs
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • vintage light reflectors

Repurposed wooden furniture legs made into fun and funky DIY Christmas trees

And here are my three alternative Christmas trees made from repurposed furniture legs. They’re sitting in heavy porcelain thingies, which I think are vintage pully wheels.

This project was all about using what I already had with a thirty minute limit to finding and choosing my supplies from my own stashes.

I wasn’t really sure what the final outcome would be, but I’m pretty happy with how my trees turned out.

I hope this project inspires you to throw creative Christmas caution to the wind sometimes, and just go for it.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

Easy DIY alternative Christmas Trees from repurposed furniture legs

Twelve Days of Christmas Project Links

DAY TWELVE: Quick & Easy Scarf Christmas Wreath

DAY ELEVEN: Repurposed Furniture Legs into Alternative Christmas Trees

DAY TEN: Easy Map Ornaments from Cosmetic Containers

DAY NINE: Vintage Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornaments

DAY EIGHT: Displaying Vintage Ornaments in a Frame

DAY SEVEN : Repurposed Playing Cards into DIY Christmas Tree

DAY SIX: DIY Christmas Wreath from Glittery Thrifted Finds

DAY FIVE: Easy DIY Stuffed Clear Plastic Ornaments

DAY FOUR: Easy DIY Christmas Gnomes

DAY THREE: Easy DIY Felt Poinsettia Wreath

DAY TWO: Easy Angel Ornaments from Tassels

DAY ONE: Repurposed Hand Fan Christmas Trees

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. OK! This is a super great idea! To TIME yourself to find a project with what you have!!! Those funiture legs are great, as are the different things you wrapped them with! I’m going to give this a try after Christmas, for sure! And pinned as usual…….

    1. Thanks very much Dona! Sometimes I need to give myself a kick to just create something already,lol, rather than spend too much time mulling.

  2. Really cute trees Tuula! I even have some of those legs on hand! ( I used to be in NOTL on a regular basis for work so maybe we already did cross paths and didn’t even know it!) I can’t wait to see the final day!

  3. Aww, these are adorable Tuula! Merry Christmas to you and John!


  4. What a cute idea for repurposing MCM furniture legs for the holidays! Merry Christmas, Tuula

  5. Barbara Warner says:

    How cute! I love ’em! So glad to see bloggers who repurpose items and keep them out of our garbage bins. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Barbara! Repurposing is my very favorite creative thing to do, and keeping things out of the landfills is so important these days.

  6. Debra Hubbs says:

    So cute. That tall green one is my fav.