What to do with old Balusters and spindles


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Old Balusters and spindles can be found at flea markets, antique stores, and even garage sales. There are many great Trash to Treasure projects out there for these items. Their shapes are infinite, and the more chippy the paint the better, I hope you Enjoy this idea page.



Spindle Wreath

You'll need to be able to cut the spindles to various lengths for this project. After that it's pretty strait forward. Dificulty Level Medium because of the cutting $6.50


Spindle Wire Christmas Tree

Escape the pitfalls of this project with my Junky Wire Christmas Tree Tutorial: This tutorial covers everything you will need to make this fun and whimsical Christmas Ball Display Tree. Measurements and hints are given throughout. I worked through the problems so you don't have to. $7.00


Rosemary uses this old porch railing to accent her fireplace screen when not in use.



This is a lamp project based on one of Ki's projects. It's basically 4 spindles, attached to scrap wood on top and below. Then It needs to be wired as a lamp. You can get lamp making information from my lamps page including a link to a youtube tutorial on lamp wiring.


The angel on the left was made from an old Table Leg, the arms are old spindles. The shape of the Table leg just lent itself to become an angel. I turned it upside down and the bottom of the leg became her head.

the one on the right was made from an old spindle, I added iron brackets for the wings, and a round finial for her head. I used Copper wire for her halo and aura.

Spindle Angels


How to make Angels from Spindles or table legs. I spend a lot of time dealing with the "wings" issue in this tutorial. You'll learn what different and fun things can become Angel wings, as well as techniques, and glues to use. Lots of pictures, of several different angel designs. $6.00



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Here's an out of the ordinary window valance. Made by gluing old chair spindles etc onto a piece of trim. this idea was adapted from the book "Decorating Junk Market Style" by Sue Whitney & Ki Nassauer.


I used another old table leg, cut in half, to embelish this cabinet




These Old Table legs were cut in half and painted and then just hung on the wall as is.


Old Spindles were used by artist Mark Orr, to become legs for his one of a kind tables. click the picture to view his web site, with more great ideas and pieces to purchase. Thank you Mark for permission to link to your wonderful art.


sewigardnut from The Garden Web, posted this idea for a plant hanger


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I used spindles to accent the roof line. On the right is another I made using spindles as embelishment.


Toots made these 2 angels from old spindles. "one to hold sayings and one to hold favorite xmas ornament....one with wire ribbon wings and one with scroll-saw wings"


Various Candlesticks made from old Spindles.


Spindle Candlestick Tutorial

This is for complete e-instructions to make these wonderful candlestick from old Balusters or Spindles. All materials and techniques are covered in this E-book. After your purchase, you will be sent a link via email, within 24 hours, to view the complete instructions. Only $6.00. Note: it may take a few hours for me to be aware of your payment. I check several times per day, and as soon as I see the payment, I'll send the instructions.



Tea Tray with cut spindles as legs



Spindles embelish this picture frame



Spindle Bird Houses

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Spindles turned into finials



Picture Frame



Jewelry holder