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December 04, 2017

Christmas-style Coffee Mug Tree

If you’ve never been to a Goodwill Outlet (or Clearance Center) – or haven’t even heard of them before – then I’m here to tell you that you are missing out! Affectionately known as “The Bins”, Goodwill Outlets sell their wares by the pound, not by a price tag. I was recently introduced to The Bins by a good friend, and let me tell you – I am HOOKED! Case in point- on one of my earliest trips to The Bins, I found this broken coffee mug tree that was just perfect for repurposing.

It was missing one arm/rung, but that was fine – I had planned to disassemble it for not only one project, but TWO projects…so a missing arm didn’t concern me in the least.

For my first project, I focused on the center stand, setting aside the spindle arms for another day (and another project). And my plan for the mug tree stand? Repurposing it into a simple tabletop Christmas tree!

The holes for the arms went all the way through the base and were <relatively> even. So, all I needed to add were some “branches” in the form of wooden dowels (either from the craft store or lumber section of a home improvement store).

To achieve the iconic Christmas tree shape, I needed dowel branches in different lengths. So, I cut them into 6”, 8”, 10”, and 12” lengths, and sanded down the edges until they were smooth to the touch. After inserting them into my mug tree, I glued them in place.

Then, I spray painted the entire tree a mossy green before hand-painting the bottom a dark brown, like a tree trunk. How great is that?

To finish it off, I simply added some rustic ornaments – old brass bells and white mercury glass balls in different shapes! I wanted a minimalist tree, but I could certainly adorn it with colorful ornaments and dainty tinsel garland in the future.

Isn’t that a fun way to repurpose a coffee mug tree that isn’t 100% complete? Now, go check out The Bins nearest you and let me know if you find any treasures!

Craft on!


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