7 Methods to Upcycle a Fallen Tree

We dropped a gorgeous tree throughout the freak ice storm we had a few weeks ago. Sadly, the ice was so heavy the tree actually snapped in half. As sad as I was to eliminate the tree (it turned out to be a fabulous source of shade on our porch and needed to be at least 20 years old), my thoughts immediately started producing a million craft thoughts together with the timber. My poor husband spent hours on hours and nearly lost a finger cutting on the trunk and branches into a host of stuff for me to utilize. (THANK YOU HONEY!)

Many, many, lots of the branches turned into thick small wooden coins. As soon as I brought them into the house, they immediately became one of the boys’ toys. They became perfect all-natural building blocks just as they were.

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Amy Renea

Even though the boys were building towers with their timber coins, I decided to use a wood burning tool to craft a pair of letters and numbers. The timber was new so it burned easily, along with the coins are an ideal size for large, easy-to-read numerals.

Amy Renea

It was a fast leap from numbered coins into some pair of alphabet letters for the fridge. A little magnet tape glued into the back of each coin did the trick. Finally magnets for the fridge which aren’t ugly!

Agnes Blum

If you have a medium-sized piece of timber, particularly one which is longer than it is wide, you get a perfect clock foundation. Simply put in a clock kit (found at hardware and craft stores) and you have a fabulous, rustic addition to your space. Proceed with this natural look instead of a glazed timber or else your look will be 1979 than 2012.

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If you are blessed to have enormous slices of timber, they are absolutely perfect for stepping stones. Ensure they are level with the floor to avoid tripping, and nestle them in beds of sand or plantings of moss for a gorgeous new walkway.

Amy Renea

‘Tis the season to decorate a tree for the birds! I always make small suet cake decorations for the birds’ Christmas tree, along with a gold coin garland fits right in flawlessly. String them together with a sisal thread for a tree decoration.

Amy Renea

To make your wood-coin garland, just tie a knot around every single slice and fasten with a dab of hot glue. You could also add single coins as individual ornaments for a cohesive look. These timber look great on your indoor, rustic Christmas tree, also.

Amy Renea

An easy grouping of timber pieces stacked around glitsy gold decorations adds a grounding, rustic signature. The gold tone of the timber flesh is reflected in the bottles, but the texture and reflective attributes are contrasting. Try out this rustic wood-and-gold look for all your vacation décor this year.

Michelle Edwards

If you would like to go full scale rustic this season, use pieces of timber as candle foundations on a sanded plank table with a vivid plaid blanket for a tablecloth. Notice how the pieces of trunk are distinct heights to add attention to the grouping.

Michelle Edwards

These little candle stands also make perfect addition to the foundation of your Christmas tree. These stands fill the space between the high bottom of the tree along with the floor, while providing the small tree more presence and weight in the space.


If you would like to go daring with a wood-coin them, a complete wall of varying dimensions makes a huge impact. Add tiered heaps of wood pieces as separate coffee tables, and the look at rustic in its best!

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