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.
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
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.
And you just keep going around and around and around…
… 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Twelve Days of Christmas Project Links
Thanks so much for reading and until next time,