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Monday, December 2, 2013

Wood Spool Christmas Tree & Link Party

Wood Spool Christmas Tree Bliss-Ranch.com
Hold on to your tinsel folks, 
this post is packed full of Christmas cheer!

Wood Spool Christmas Tree Bliss-Ranch.com












The Christmas Junkers United Team and the 12 Days of Christmas bloggers are combining for Day 2 with holiday inspiration and Christmas junk.

So many ideas, 
you won't need your eggnog spiked to make your head spin!


My creation is an upcycled, recycled, junktastic project......

Remember these spools my son in law brought me this summer?

One of them has been taken apart.  Cut to shreds.  Sawed in half.  Just like magic.

Husband magic.


The spool top received a masking-tape tree shape and the Brawn of the operation took pity on me and got out his DeWalt reciprocating saw to cut the tree out.

As I repeatedly thanked him, the only instruction I gave was not to make a perfectly shaped tree.

Wood Spool Christmas Tree Bliss-Ranch.com

The spool is about 2 inches thick.  I'd still be at it if I had to cut it myself.  Probably minus some digits or with a gash in my thigh.

I gathered some junk and sort of made up the whole thing as I went along.

These are some heavy solid glass bottle stoppers.  I wrapped wire around them to hang on the tree ends - my version of icicles.

Or would that be junkcicles?  Glasscicles?

I know... they are re-cicles!

Glass Bottle Stoppers Upcycled to Icicle

This tree is big...... from the base to the top of the star it's 5 feet tall.  I'm just an ornament or two taller.

Wood Spool Christmas Tree Bliss-Ranch.com

My oldest daughter collects snowmen and I picked the .25¢ star up at a garage sale for her.  Don't tell her she can't have it now.


I painted it white and left some of the rust color showing through.

An old bed spring is stapled to the tree top and the star is wired on.  I left the little bells on, because like I said, I was making this up as I went.

Upcycled Tin Star with Bed Springs Bliss-Ranch.com

To celebrate Brawn's German heritage, the tree got a little O Tannenbaum chalkboard.

I'm not German, I'm Irish.  For me it's O'Tannenbaum.  Get it?

Wood Spool Christmas Tree Bliss-Ranch.com

The base is made from the center of the spools, cut down to size, which I coated with a white wash and I also hit just the tips of the branch ends to clean my brush off.

Totally recycled.....
spool, bed spring, star, and glass bottle stoppers, turned into a rustic 5' Christmas tree.

Wood Spool Christmas Tree Bliss-Ranch.com

I thought about adding some vintage glass ornaments I bought this summer.  In fact, if I ever find them I will probably do just that.

I spent as much time looking for those darn ornaments as I did putting the project together.  Don't even ask if I'm mad that I can't find them.

The tannenbaum will probably move to the front porch.  Can't you just picture it outside all sparkly and cozy surrounded by piles of soft billowy snow, it's white lights illuminating our entry?

Are you insane?  I am NOT counting the days till it snows, and if it held out till December 24th I'd be happy.

Wood Spool Christmas Tree Bliss-Ranch.com
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter


A spool top Christmas tree isn't all I've got for 'ya, no siree! 
There is a whole lot of holiday cheer being spread around the ranch today.  
Different than the usual 'stuff' I spread around.


If you want some wonderful inspiration for the season, 
take a peek at the Pinterest Junkers United Christmas Pin Board

Junkers United Pinterest Board


The 
just might have 12 projects too... 
they are 12 elves each rolled into one, 
and leave me in the glitter dust!

Angie - Knick of Time


PLUS the 12 days of Christmas bloggers have a new post each day 
for 12 days which means at least 12 ideas each to make your holidays bright.  
Lets do math....  if I'm correct (and I rarely am with math) that would be 144 ideas.


That's a lot of junk to be inspired by,

so follow along with everyone.
 

And last but not least, it's time for the

 Junkers United Christmas link party. 


 We will be pinning our favorites to the Junkers United Christmas Pin Board
where 47,000 of your best friends can see what you have created.



I've rolled the old wood spool over to these link parties:
Christmas Extravaganza Party @TwoTwentyOne




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37 comments :

  1. Your tree is gorgeous and your pictures are amazing!!!

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  2. I love how this looks when it's lit up - such a creative repurpose, Bliss!

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  3. this is AWESOME. i absolutely love this idea!

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  4. ps- do plastic toys count as junk? just wondering if i can link up my horse placecards?

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  5. What a fun tree! I love it! I cannot get my husbands magic to work lately. (At least not on projects that I want to make!)

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  6. What an adorable tree! That is so unique and cute. You come up with the most creative projects.

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  7. I am in LOVE with this tree Bliss!! Now I want one :)

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  8. Bliss...I was staring at the pictures on Facebook trying to figure out how you created it! What a fun idea! I LOVE the words on the tree!

    Perfection!

    Merry Christmas!
    karianne

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  9. Again... blown A-W-A-Y!
    LOVE the bottle stoppers.... AMAZING!

    I linked my tree up, although it doesn't qualify under the definition of a Junker's Tree.... I am one at heart!

    Happy Christmas Cheer!
    -Joanne

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  10. Your Christmas tree is so cool Bliss. I love the lighting and the bling.

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  11. Seeing as how me maiden name is Callahan, I totally got a kick outta your o'tree. You not only have the gift o'creating, but also a wee bit of the o'blarney me Irish lass!

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  12. Oh my spool.... I need this in my life! Coolest tree I ever saw! In fact, that WOULD be my main tree if I had it right now!! Well done, Miss Junker Bliss!

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  13. Are you kidding me? Only you would think of such awesomeness!! I love those old spooly things!!! What a cool tree...it's amazing!

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  14. Grin, your math leaves something to be desired, but your Christmas tree does not! I love it, it is so cool and junky and the bottle stoppers are just the perfect touch.

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  15. Very cool, and please let me send you some snow. We're in the middle of blizzard number four... I can spare some snow, really...

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  16. Very cool industrial chic tree! Now if you made that center hole a wee bit larger, you could take photos of your little people peeking through Granny's tree!

    I'm secretly hoping for the storm that's coming through to hit us tomorrow night. Just like the school kids, I'm praying for a snow day!

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  17. I was thinking it was a cute little tree...then I realized how big it actually was...turned out really great!

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  18. Now that is really creative. Love the shape and adding the pretty glass bottle stoppers is perfect.
    Now everyone will want one.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  19. Great tree Miss Bliss! Love thinking outside the box or spool in this case!

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  20. SO creative, Bliss! Love the sparkly glass stoppers.Totally awesome!

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  21. Great job miss bliss! Those dang reciprocating saws are tough to work with. I would call those bottle things stopsicles.

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  22. Once I got myself to stop repeating "Ich bin ein Berliner", I felt an enormous urge to go to my basement and drag stuff up and make something awesome like this. But I'm at work, so it will have to wait!

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  23. Wow, those spools must have been huge! The ones my husband gets with his business are no where near that big, but I imagine they would still make a cute tree. Your tree turned out amazing! I love it, and love the rustic look to it.
    I'm going to be a while checking out all these links...everything looks wonderful...but I'll have to set aside a couple hours later to visit them all. What a fantastic party!
    Debbie :)

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  24. You really are awesome...I love your style!

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  25. Bliss this tree is amazing!!! Can you send one my way, like you don't have enough to do, LOL!!!

    Cynthia

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  26. That tree is soooo cool! Perfect Bliss. There is a whole lotta inspiration going on. My head is in every direction!!!

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  27. Love how you incorporated the spool lettering into the design of the tree. Not sure if that is German but it comes together so well with O Tannenbaum. Your tree is awesome, Bliss, re-cicles and all!! Of to check out the party.

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  28. What a cool yule spool...you rule!!

    -andi

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  29. Love your spool tree... visiting via Chipping with Charm..following along with you...excited to visit with you and see all your wonderful junky creations...stop by for a visit...blessings!

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  30. Love it Mrs B, I would quite happily have this on my doorstep although no-one could actually get in my house if I did - hey, that's not a bad idea !!

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  31. What a neat and whimsical tree! I've linked up and am doing some blog hopping, great ideas out there!

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  32. If only I had a Brawn with a reciprocating saw ... sigh ...

    But I do have a Mike with a wicked sense of humor and a passion for doing the laundry ...

    :) Linda

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