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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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DIY: PVC Pipe Wine Holder

After Rachelle Falcon transferred into her new house, she was excited about all of the fantastic things it had to offer. But one thing that she was not thrilled about was the absence of pantry space. At her previous home she had a perfect place to store the wines she enjoys to get and flavor, but in her kitchen there was just no way to store her wine. She fell in love with an amazing wine rack, but was not so in love with its price. A DIY queen who chronicles her creative jobs on Adventures in Creating, Falcon came up with this funding variation.

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This new wine rack cost Falcon less than $20. If You Would like to recreate this contemporary appearance, you’ll need:

A mitre saw or hack saw (Falcon used her Dremel tool)

Many lengths and widths of PVC piping

Screws and screwdriver

Epoxy adhesive made for plastic


Cru Wine Rack – $150

This Cru Wine Rack by Umbra was Falcon’s inspiration. She instantly fell in love with this gorgeous metal piece, but at $150, it was a lot of money for her. She thought she could think of a reasonable method to generate something similar.

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Falcon decided that PVC pipe would be a sturdy material to test. She went to her regional hardware store and purchased 4″ and 2″ PVC piping in a little over $1 per foot. She had the store cut it down so she wouldn’t buy considerably more than she needed.

Using her Dremel tool, Falcon cut the pipe to 6″ lengths to fit a wine bottle. She made 6 pieces of every size. You might even use a mitre saw or a hack saw to do this — just be sure to wear safety goggles!

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Once the pipes were cut, she used a sander to smooth and even the borders. Employing cleaning spray along with a towel, then she scrubbed the pipes clean, then organized them from the pattern she wanted.

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Falcon used a mixture of screws and epoxy to attach the pipes to each other. 32 x 3/4″ machine screws demonstrated long enough to fit through the 4″ tubes in which they joined, rather than overly long at which the 4″ and 2″ tubes connected.

Falcon quantified 1″ in from each end of every tube and marked drill holes on the exterior of every tube. This was by far the very time-consuming region of the project. After screwing together the tubes she pumped Loctite Epoxy Glue created for vinyl to the cracks to firm up the joints.

R. Falcon Designs

Falcon allow the glue dry overnight, then cleaned the final product again in the morning. To provide the wine rack a shiny appearance (and hide the pipe markings and screws), she spray painted the entire thing with a white Rustoleum spray paint.

For additional information on Falcon’s PVC pipe wine rack, take a look at her article on Adventures in Creating.

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