Wooden Spindle Ornaments from an Upcycled Mug Tree

Wooden Spindle Ornaments from an Upcycled Mug Tree

Last year, I upcycled a broken mug tree into a tabletop Christmas tree…but had set aside the remaining “arms” for another project. Well, I’m happy to say that I’m FINALLY upcycling those coffee mug tree arms now- into DIY wooden spindle ornaments !

Allow me to back up first, though, and refresh your memory. This was the coffee mug tree in question, found at “The Bins”.

Incomplete coffee mug tree missing arms at Goodwill Clearance Center to be repurposed into DIY tabletop Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods

Incomplete and ready to come home with me!

And this is what became of the the base of it!

How to upcycle a mug tree into a DIY minimalist tabletop Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! A tabletop Christmas tree…

But I was still left with the little arms- five of them, to be exact, since one was missing. As you can see, they easily pulled out from the mug tree- no tools required.

Arms or pegs from coffee mug tree to be upcycled into wooden spindle ornaments for my Christmas tree by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Future wooden spindle ornaments??

My plan was simple- paint the wooden spindles and wrap in coordinating twine, cord, or string. Pretty easy! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Making Wooden Spindle Ornaments

First things first, I needed to remove the very top of each wooden spindle- the peg that actually inserted into the mug tree. I used a small hand saw (similar to this one here) to do the job easily and cleanly.

Upcycling wooden arms from a coffee mug tree into DIY wooden spindle ornaments for Christmas decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just want a smooth top…

Next, I sanded down the top until it was nice and smooth. Using my power drill, I made small pilot holes in the center of each wooden spindle before screwing in a dainty eye screw.

Adding eye screws to upcycled coffee mug tree arms to become wooden spindle ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

For ornament hanging!

Now it was time to paint! Since I had five mug tree arms, I used the following colors: (1) a festive red; (2) a jolly green; (3) a basic white; (4) an antiqued brass; and (5) an aged silver.

Using craft paint to upcycle mug tree arms into DIY wooden spindle ornaments for Christmas tree decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Giving my wooden spindle ornaments a makeover!

Hint- this is why I screwed in the eye screws early on. Sure, I’ll need them for hanging my ornaments, but the eye screw gave me something to hold onto during painting!

Using craft paint to upcycle mug tree arms into DIY wooden spindle ornaments for Christmas tree decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The white one is still drying!

Once each wooden spindle was painted, I gathered up some various wrapping mediums- including Christmas-y cord (from a craft store Christmas ribbon selection) and metallic gold and silver cords. But you could use any number of things- including larger-scale Baker’s twine, etc.

Using twine and cord to wrap upcycled mug tree arms to become wooden spindle ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Time to wrap these ornies!

I used my hot glue gun to start and finish the wrapping cord ends. I suppose you could use other glues, but this was a good use of the instantaneous drying power of hot glue!

Wrapping cord around DIY wooden spindle ornaments made from repurposed coffee mug tree arms by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There- just like that!

It’s worth mentioning that I REALLY wanted to use a thicker baker’s twine (both red/white and green/white) to turn these wooden spindles into peppermint stick ornaments. But I couldn’t find the right thickness- dainty twine looked weird. Oh, well…

And that was it- my wooden spindle ornaments were complete, even if they weren’t peppermint stick ornaments like I had hoped to create. Cute enough, though!

Making DIY wooden spindle ornaments from upcycled mug tree arms, a simple Christmas craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All done and ready to hang on the tree…

On my smaller Christmas tree, I simply added an ornament hanger directly to the eye screw- but you could add a loop of coordinating twine or cord to the eye screw to make the ornament longer. And there you have it- DIY wooden spindle ornaments from an upcycled mug tree.

Making DIY wooden spindle ornaments from upcycled mug tree arms, a simple Christmas craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They’re perfect- colorful, lightweight, and unbreakable

I love the fact that I got TWO projects from a single coffee mug tree- and I paid nearly nothing for it since it came from The Bins.

And if you want even more upcycled Christmas craft project inspiration, I hope you’ll peruse my entire collection of ideas here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. You have a keen eye for repurposing!! These turned out great. The peppermint sticks would have been cute too but these get the job done. I even like the look without the twine. Another project we’ll done girl. 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so much, Cathi!! I’ll probably always keep an eye out for thicker baker’s twine now, LOL. 😉

  2. Those ornaments are fabulous!!

  3. Rita Corblies says:

    You did it again. What an adorable way to use those pegs from the mug tree.

  4. Mary Loveland says:

    So cute and very creative, both projects! Keep up the good work.

  5. Brilliant! These make such cute ornaments! Love the bright colors with the colored twine! <3

  6. I wish we were neighbors. I’ve got a small skein of thick red and white yarn that would have been just perfect! I’ve used it for several projects already this season and hope it lasts forever! Great job. i’m gonna keep my eye out for spindles now!

  7. Sarah, I have a bucket of old chair spindles I’ve been wanting to do something with for the holidays. I too wanted to turn mine in ornaments but do more than just painting them in festive colors. Then I saw yours and thought, “dang, why didn’t I think of that”! Wrapping them with cording is exactly what sets yours apart from the others – love love love them!

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  1. […] Taking the coffee mug tree apart was fairly simple- the arms were glued in and over time, the glue had become brittle. So, with little effort, I was able to remove each arm from the stand/base…and set them aside for Project #2 (which you can find here on the blog!). […]

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