In this DIY tutorial, I will be showing you how to make these wooden spool Christmas trees. These are an easy to make project.
You could use them as Christmas tree ornaments, gift toppers, or add them to your Christmas display.
I used small wooden spools and trees but you could make them larger with bigger spools and trees.
On one of the spool Christmas trees, I aged the wooden spool first. On the others, I left the spools natural.
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Supplies for Wooden Spool Trees:
- Wooden spools – I used 3/4″ tall spools
- Christmas trees – I used 2″ trees
- Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
- Ribbon – I used 3/8″ red polka dot ribbon
- Toppers for trees – I used snowflake buttons
- Red seed beads
Age the Wooden Spools:
The first step is to age the wooden spools, if desired. I watered down some Folk Art Burnt Umber craft paint to the consistency of a stain and painted it onto the spool. Then I gently dabbed off the excess paint with a rag.
Allow the spools to completely dry.
Assemble the Wooden Spool Christmas Tree:
Cut a length of ribbon long enough to go all the way around the spool and slightly overlap. Spread glue on the back of the ribbon. (I found regular tacky glue didn’t hold the ribbon down very well but Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue worked well.)
Place the ribbon on the spool, keeping it centered. Apply a little bit of glue on the edge of the ribbon so it doesn’t unravel.
The next step is to add the Christmas tree. The trees I have come with a round wooden base. I was able to screw that off the tree.
The hole on my spool was much larger than the trunk of the Christmas tree so I needed to add something into the spool’s hole to keep the tree from being wobbly. I have a lot of pipe cleaners from when the kids were young so I folded a pipe cleaner, glued it, and stuffed it into the hole.
Then I pushed the trunk of the tree into the middle of the spool’s hole. Let the glue dry.
Decorate the Trees:
I cut the shank off snowflake buttons and used them for the tree toppers. I used the fast grab tacky glue again to stick the snowflakes to the tops of the trees.
Look for where the ribbon ends on the spool to find the back of the tree before attaching the topper.
I glued five red seed beads onto each tree for ornaments. I placed them in random spots on each tree.
You could add a hanger to each wooden spool Christmas tree and make them into ornaments. That was my original plan. But I decided to use them in one of my Christmas displays instead.
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