Christmas trees are everywhere now.
But you may not have seen any like these!
These fun little trees were made from a pretty unlikely item…
A few weeks ago a friend told me she had some vintage canning jars to share if I’d like them. When I arrived to pick them up, she had also tucked in a couple of rusty couch springs.
I sat one on the palm of my hand, looked it over, and thought, “this looks like a little Christmas tree.”
All they needed was a little cleaning up, and some sparkles, and they’d make cute little decor pieces for Christmas!
(Thrifter’s Tip: When you’re on your trips, don’t overlook the pieces and parts of an item. That sofa or chair may be beyond repair, but the parts inside have potential. Look at everything this way. Maybe you’ve found a table with a top that is hopeless. Can the legs be transformed into something new?)
From Couch Springs to Christmas Trees
Getting rid of the rust was my first order of business. I took the springs outside and gave them a good going-over with coarse sandpaper.
Sander’s Tip: Wear gloves to do this. 🙂 I knew better…
That’s much better!
Bright and sparkly was my plan, so I chose Rust-Oleum’s metallic gold paint for the springs.
While the paint was drying, I got cozy on the couch and strung some beads. These little Czech glass beads were exactly what I was looking for – delicate and shimmering. Just perfect!
I had some small jewelry wire from another project, so I used it to string the beads. Nylon string would probably work just as well if you already have that.
One by one, the tiny beads went on the wire…
It was a really good excuse to sit and relax for a while. 🙂
Putting it Together
When I had enough beads on the wire, I was ready to decorate my little trees.
Starting at the base, I put a drop of hot glue on the inside of the wrapped coil, and pressed the bead wire down to secure.
Then I just wrapped it around and around…
until I got to the top.
Another drop of glue, a snip to get rid of the excess, and my sparkly little tree was finished.
And for the final touch – a golden ribbon to sit on top.
I love my sparkly little trees, but I really love the new life a pair of rusty old couch springs got. Don’t you?