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Bottle-brush Tree Christmas Village with Vintage Wooden Spool Bases

When my grandmother passed I was given her collection of wooden spools. I didn’t know what to do with them, but was grateful to have them because I love to sew and craft. However, they sat in a box up at the top of my closet for years. Then two years ago I transformed a few of my bottle brush trees by using them as bases. I loved the look but making each spool unique takes time…a lot of time. So I only made a few that year, however, have cherished them and am excited each Christmas to use them in my villages.

So this year I wanted to finish transforming all of her spools. After about a week and two to three hours a day, the job is finally complete! I decorated the shelves in my bathroom with a Tree Village since my mantel is completely full of trees too.


I purchased the little ceramic houses yesterday and just love them. They are simple, white, and don’t over-power the beautiful trees. You can find these houses HERE and HERE.


If you don’t have wooden spools on hand I’ve found some vintage ones at a great price HERE. It is nice to use spools with varying heights so that the trees have a bit of variation.


I purchased both white and green bottle brush trees HERE and HERE. To get gold trees I simply used gold spray paint. I prefer to buy a high gloss gold paint and this is my favorite one HERE.

The JOY framed art I made last year with vintage buttons hot glued on linen and set in an antique frame. I used type writer keys for the letters. See my tutorial on this craft HERE and HERE.


It doesn’t take much to decorate the spools. I simply used the little scraps and findings I have saved in my bin. I love the way the one with the pom-poms turned out as well as the tree with the beads. Musical notes make a fun addition on them too. I also love using jute twine, lace, and sparkling ribbons.


I had a little give-away on the three tree’s with the one of a kind base shown below. Sign up on my email to find out about my give-away’s I have a few of them a month!


I hope you love this project as much as I do. If you make some of your own I’d love to see some pictures. Sparky loves to sleep by the tree while I am crafting, what a sweet pup. Happy Holidays!


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