Wood Spindles from a Coffee Mug Holder as Wooden Christmas Ornaments

Wood Spindles from a Coffee Mug Holder as Wooden Christmas Ornaments

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

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

Coffee mug tree or mug holder at Goodwill Outlet for upcycling into a Scandinavian Christmas tree

But I was still left with the little arms- five of them, to be exact, since one was missing.

Removing the arms from a mug tree or coffee cup holder to upcycle into Scandinavian Christmas decorations

As you can see, they easily pulled out from the mug tree- no tools required.

Arms from a mug tree or coffee mug holder to be upcycled into DIY ornaments

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

Transforming the Wood Spindles into DIY Christmas Ornaments

First things first, I needed to remove the very top of each of my wood spindles. In other words, 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.

Cutting off part of the wood spindles from a mug tree to add a screw eye for hanging on a Christmas tree

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 of the wood spindles before screwing in a dainty eye screw.

Screw eye in a wooden spindle from a coffee mug holder for hanging on a Christmas tree

Now it was time to paint! Since I had five wood spindles, 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.

Painting the arms from a coffee mug tree with chalk paint to become wooden Christmas ornaments

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

Wooden Christmas ornaments from a coffee cup holder and painted with chalk paint

Once wood spindles were painted, I gathered up some various some colored twine in Christmas colors. You could use any number of things- including larger-scale Baker’s twine, etc.

Colored twine and Baker's twine to decorate the wooden Christmas ornaments from a mug tree

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 the bakers twine or colored twine around the wood spindles from a coffee cup tree

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…

Wooden Christmas Ornaments by Upcycling the Wood Spindles from a Mug Tree

And that was it- my DIY Christmas ornaments from wood spindles were complete and ready to hang on our tree. Even if they weren’t peppermint stick ornaments like I had hoped to create. Cute enough, though!

Wooden Christmas ornaments by upcycling the wood spindles from a coffee mug tree or coffee cup holder

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 Christmas ornaments from the wood spindles that came from a coffee mug tree!

DIY Christmas ornaments by upcycling the arms from a coffee mug holder or mug tree

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.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for unique Christmas ornaments, then you’ll also love these Christmas snowglobes in vintage mason jars!

Snowglobes or snow globes and vintage Christmas decorations in antique mason jars

And don’t forget to check out the small tabletop Christmas tree I made from the base of the coffee mug holder. Two projects from one coffee mug tree!

Mug Holder or coffee cup holder as a Scandinavian Christmas tree or minimalist Christmas tree

Craft on!


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  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!


  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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