Large Snowflake Decoration From Repurposed Chair Spindles

Time for another repurposed antique chair project. It's the chair that keeps on giving! Thanks to our Power Tool Challenge this month, I'm finally putting some of the chair spindles to good use with a large snowflake decoration for our Kris Kringle Secret Santa Gift.



The challenge is to build a holiday project using at least one power tool and gifting our Secret Santa creation to a member of the team. We had so much fun with this challenge last year that our team leader, Wendi from H20 Bungalow decided to bring it back again this year.



How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Repurposed Chair Spindle Christmas Snowflake

So far I've made a unique bird feeder with the chair back and a dog leash holder with the seat. You can see the other repurposed chair part ideas on my repurposed antique chair page.



How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

If you're not familiar with the Power Tool Challenge Team, we are a group of tool-savvy female bloggers who want to empower our female readers to step out of their comfort zone and make a simple project using a power tool.



The large spindle snowflake decoration that I made for our challenge can be hung indoors or outdoors during the holidays. A group of these would be so festive hanging on a front porch or from tree branches in a front yard.


How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Alternatively, if you used smaller chair spindles, you could make wooden snowflake tree ornaments instead.



What You'll Need To Make It

These are the supplies you'll need to make the chair spindle snowflake. I used a mix of smaller chair spindles from the old chair and larger unfinished ones that I found at a local architectural salvage yard.



Not pictured are the red wrought iron star-shaped knobs that I used to embellish the center of the snowflake decoration.



How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

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Supply List


Power Tool List



Here's How I Made It

Let's begin the tutorial with how to make the center medallion that the spindles will be attached to.



Center Snowflake Medallion

  • Clamp a piece of 3/4-inch plywood onto a work table.
  • Cut out a circle shape for the center of the snowflake with a 2 1/4-inch hole saw bit and a power drill.


How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Smooth the edges of the medallion with a mouse sander.



How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

  • Trace the medallion onto a piece of paper.
  • Cut out the circle shape.
  • Fold the circle in half, fold it in half again, and two more times until you have eight points for the snowflake (pictured below).

How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Holes For Chair Spindles

  • Tape the template onto the medallion.
  • Mark the sides of the medallion with a pencil at each fold like pictured below.


How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

  • Remove the template and on each line mark the side of the medallion with a dot.
  • This is where the holes for each spindle will be drilled.
  • Place the medallion into a vice to hold firmly in place.
  • With a 1/16-inch pilot hole bit, drill a small hole on each dot.

How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

With a 5/16-inch Forstner bit, drill a larger hole in each pilot hole the depth of the dowels on the ends of each spindle.



How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Chair Spindle Installation

On the opposite side of the spindles, cut the dowels off (unless you prefer keeping them on) with a miter saw. If you want to get real fancy you could taper them to a point.



How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Pro-Tip

In hindsight, I wish I would have cut more off the ends of the smaller chair spindles so they would be noticeably shorter than the larger spindles. Keep this in mind when making your snowflake.



How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Add a generous amount of Gorilla wood glue into 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 cure overnight.


How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Stain The Snowflake

The antique chair spindles are already stained a dark brown. To get the same dark brown patina on the new spindles, apply one coat of dark walnut stain with a lint-free rag.



How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

White Dry Wash Paint Finish

Once the dark stain is dry, we'll apply a whitewash finish over the stain.


  • To do this dip just the tips of the paintbrush into white acrylic craft or chalk paint.
  • Dab the excess paint onto a paper towel - hence the term drybrush.
  • With light pressure on the brush, swipe the white paint in long random brush strokes over the spindles.
  • You want the paint to hit the raised parts of the snowflake but not completely cover the dark stain underneath.
  • Allow it to dry to the touch (mere minutes).
  • Repeat with another layer if need be. I applied three coats of white paint to get coverage that I liked.


How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

Glistening Faux Snow

  • Imagine if the snowflake were hanging outside, where snow would 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 the faux snow with white glitter so the snow glistens.
  • Let it dry overnight.


Snowflake Embellishments

This step is completely optional but if you'd like to embellish the center of the snowflake, like I did with a festive knob, follow the steps below.


  • Drill a hole in the center of the medallion the same diameter as the screw for the decorative knob that you chose.
  • With pliers, thread the double-thread dowel screw into the medallion.
  • Thread a decorative knob on each side of the medallion.


How to make a large wooden snowflake ornament to hang indoors or outdoors for Christmas or Winter decorating made with old repurposed chair spindles.

For the finishing touches to the DIY snowflake, thread a small eye hook onto the top of one of the longer chair spindles. Slip bakers twine through the eye hook and tie it in a bow. Now you're ready to hang the large snowflake decoration.



I hope the recipient of my DIY secret Santa gift likes the large snowflake decoration that I made for them.



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Now let's see what the rest of the team made for their DIY gift ideas. Click on the links below to visit all the inspiring ideas for the holidays.



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