Those of you who have been following me are all too familiar with how I've been slowly going through a pile of antique chair parts and repurposing them in interesting and creative ways. Guess what I used to make my Kris Kringle Secret Santa Gift? A Wooden Snowflake made from recycled chair spindles.
You might want to grab a beverage for this one because it's loaded with photos. These are most of the supplies I used to build the wooden snowflake. The only thing missing is the furniture knobs I placed in the center of the medallion.
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of how I built the rustic snowflake, those of you who are not familiar with the Power Tool Challenge Team, we are a group of tool savvy, skill sharing blogging friends who encourage and empower our female readers to step out of their comfort zone and try simple projects they can make themselves using a power tool.
Back to the snowflake...
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- Antique Chair Spindles
- Small Spindles
- 3/4-inch Plywood
- Wrought Iron Furniture Knob x 2
- Gorilla Glue
- Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
- White Chalk Paint
- Red and White Baker's Twine
- White Glitter
- Artists Palette Knife
- Eye hook
- 1 1/4-inch Double Ended Thread Screw (size will depend on thickness of medallion and furniture knob you use)
- Power Drill
- Compound Miter Saw
- Mouse Sander
- 2 1/4-inch Hole Saw Cutter Bit
- 5/16-inch Forstner Drill Bit
- 1/16-inch Pilot Hole Drill Bit
How To Make A Rustic Wooden Snowflake Decoration From Chair Spindles
Step 1 - Making the center medallion
- Clamp a piece of 3/4-inch plywood onto a work table.
- Using a 2 1/4-inch hole saw cutter bit on a power drill, cut out the medallion.
- Drill a hole in the center of the medallion the same diameter as the screw on the furniture. knobs you will be using (more about that step later).
Step 2 - Smooth the rough edges
- Using a mouse sander, smooth the rough edges around the medallion.
Step 3 - Template for marking spindle holes
- Trace the medallion onto a piece of paper (as pictured above).
- Cut out the circle.
- Fold the circle in half four times (this gives you the eight points for each spindle).
- Tape the template onto the medallion.
- Mark the sides of the medallion at each fold (as pictured above).
- Remove the template and on each line mark the center with a dot (this is where the holes for each spindle will be drilled).
Step 4 - Drill holes for the spindles
- Place the medallion into a vice to hold firmly in place.
- Using a 1/16-inch Pilot Hole Bit, drill a small hole on each dot.
- Using a 5/16-inch Forstner Bit, drill a hole the depth of the dowels on the spindles.
Step 5 - Cut dowels on opposite end of each spindle
- Cut the dowels off the opposite end of each spindle (unless you prefer to keep them on) using a miter saw. If you want to get real fancy you could taper them into a point.
- Here is where I'm going to keep it real - I wish I would have cut more off the ends of each antique chair spindle so they would be noticeably shorter than the larger spindles. Keep this in mind when making yours.
Step 6 - Attaching Spindles to Medallion
- Add a generous amount of Gorilla Glue to each hole on the medallion and insert the chair spindles.
- To prevent the snowflake from warping while the glue sets, place a heavy object on top and let it dry overnight.
Step 7 - Staining the Snowflake
- The antique chair spindles are stained dark brown and to get the same dark brown base on the new spindles, apply one coat of Dark Walnut stain and wipe away excess.
Step 8 - Painting the Snowflake
- Once the dark stain is dry, dip just the tips of the brush into white chalk paint and with light pressure, apply long brush strokes over each spindle. You'll notice that more paint will land on the raised parts, which is a good thing.
- Let it dry.
- The trick to achieving a timeworn look is to dry brush the paint in layers, letting each layer dry between coats. Mine took three before I achieved the look I wanted. My friend Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule has a great Layered Dry Brushed Technique tutorial.
Step 9 - Adding Faux Snow
- Imagine if the snowflake were hanging outside, where would snow naturally accumulate?
- Using an artist's palette knife (or your fingers) apply layers of Snow-Tex in those areas.
- Before the Snow-Tex dries sprinkle white glitter over each mound.
- Let dry overnight.
Step 10 - Attaching the hardware
- Insert the double ended thread screw into the center of the medallion (as mentioned in Step 1).
- Attach a furniture knob on each side of the screw and thread until tight.
- Screw a small eye hook into the top of one of the long chair spindles.
- Slip bakers twine through the eye hook and tie in a bow.
- Now you're ready to hang your Snowflake Decoration.
I hope the recipient of my Secret Santa gift likes what I made. If you like my Wooden Snowflake, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.
Other projects I've made with my bucket of old chair parts is an
Antique Chair Back Bird Feeder, Wooden Garden Caddy, and Rustic Wedding Card Box. Last year my Kris Kringle Power Tool Challenge project was these fun Cocktail Hour Wood Slice Coasters.
I am excited to see what my friends from the Power Tool Challenge Team made for their Secret Santa gifts.
Press the links below to see how they made their sweet holiday projects...
Wooden Chair Spindle Snowflake by Interior Frugalista
Hanging Christmas Card Holder by H2OBungalow
DIY Cookbook Stand by Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
DIY Pallet Wood Shadow Box by Create And Babble
Repurposed Cabinet Door Joy Plaque by Designed Decor
Textured Photo Transfers To Wood Blocks by The Kim Six Fix
DIY Cheese and Crackers Serving Board by Virginia Sweet Pea