Updated on January 21, 2016
Wine Barrel Christmas Tree
Hi and welcome back! Here is a little story about how I made my new wine barrel Christmas tree.
A little secret about me is I’m petrified of Craigslist. I know it’s a little silly, and I feel like I’m missing out on lots of great stuff because I don’t have the habit of checking Craigslist. I think the idea of it’s great, but the actual “meeting of people I don’t know” part is petrifying.
So, my friend Aaron makes all these awesome things out of old wine barrels. Like beautiful rustic shelves, furniture and wine racks. It’s all beautiful, but I especaily love the shelves he makes. They have room for bottles, glasses and various knick knacks. Very cool. I wanted one, so he said if I could find a barrel, we’d make one. Here is a picture of my friend Misty’s barrel shelf.
Well, I found one on Craigslist and decided I wanted the barrel, so I thought “I’m going to do this. I’m going to get the barrel”. I emailed the lister and had him meet me at the fire station. I was so nervous I had my mom stay on the phone while I shoved the guy the cash and he put the barrel in the car. He was very nice, but my heart was pounding and I was all sweaty and ridiculous, so I basically sped off without even checking the barrel out.
Driving home, I peeked in the rearview mirror and thought the barrel seemed a little small. But, maybe it just looked that way because it was in the back and was a weird angle?
Nope, I got home and looked at the barrel and it was about a quarter of the size of the barrel I wanted. How in the world was I so nervous that I didn’t even notice how small this barrel was?!
After my friends made fun of me for a bit, we took the barrel apart, but I just felt it would be too small for a shelf. I needed to do something else with it, but I didn’t know what. So it sat in my garage for a few months. I looked at it a few times, but nothing came to me. Then a few days before Thanksgiving we were having dinner at Aaron’s house and I saw another thing he did with barrels. He made this cute wine barrel Christmas tree and I loved it!
I thought I would do a smaller version with my tiny barrel.
So I started by finding a dowel rod and drilling holes in the bottom and all the slats. The smallest ones were a bit tricky, haha.
I then cut the sides of the slats, free handing it. My son really wanted to build the tree, so I let him slide the slats onto the dowel rod.
However, since I had eyeballed it, it looked all wonkey, so I decided I was going to have to be a little more accurate. So I used a t-square to mark off the sides in a triangle, tree shape.
Once I had them all trimmed and the it was looking better, I sanded them down a bit and used leftover stains to stain the boards. Aaron’s tree was made from wine barrels, so they had a naturally beautiful purply color, but mine needed a little more depth.
I needed the dowel to stay in the base, but I wanted to be able to fold it up for storing, so I used my handy dandy Dorm Putty to hold it in place. Then, after Christmas I can take it off and lay it all flat.
Then I stacked up the slats.
And then added my little decorations, using the putty some more and that was it! My little wine barrel Christmas tree was complete!
And the only things I spent any money on was the dowel (about a dollar) and the decorations! Score!
So, after doing this I looked around and found some other examples on Pinterest by searching wine barrel Christmas tree. There are some cute ideas!
So, not what I thought I was going to do with the barrel, but I’m loving our new little tree, bringing the total number of trees up to 5! I’ll have them all pictured soon on my Christmas tour, but check out my other repurposed tree HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Anyone else out there a nervous Craigslist disaster like me?
I’ve got more Christmas stuff coming soon, so make sure to stick around!
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