Thursday, December 2, 2010

$3 Thursday - Glittered Bedspring trees

You gotta love holiday crafts that cost you nothing out of pocket.  Here is one made with a reclaimed bedspring coil and glue and glitter I had on hand.
Thanks to my sister Jennifer for all of her hard work on pulling apart a bed to reach the bedsprings and for offering me a few of them.
Here is my treasure from my sister.  Not much to look at now but I knew other people did wonderful crafty things with them so why not me?
I pulled out a couple of the springs and cleaned them up.  Ok, I took the easy route and I ran them through the dishwasher.
This is how they looked after a quick wash and dry.
These bedsprings reminded me of a tree so I decided to decorate them with a bit of glitter.
Every tree needs a little bling.
I started out glittering two trees and started to work on a display with two glittered springs and one plain one. 
I used regular ol’ Elmer’s glue.  I tried a sponge brush for the first one but found it had to get the whole spring covered with glue. 
For the next two I mostly used my fingers to spread the glue.  I put some glue on the spring and used my fingers to coat the whole spring.
  I covered about half of the spring, let it dry for a while and then covered the other half.
After it was dry there were a few spots that needed a bit more glue and glitter but not as much as when I applies the glue with the sponge brush.
Sure it was messy but when is working with glitter not messy???

I realized I needed to glitter a third one to even out the display.  Looks better with three glittered trees.
I just love this glitter.  I think I’ve had it in my stash for years and never used it until now.
I love the contrast of the green trees with the burgundy photo album in the background.       
The bedspring trees are on a shelf in this cabinet.
I haven’t finished the top of the cabinet.
I’m sort of stumped.
I’ve tried a few things but am not happy with it yet.
I’ll keep trying and hopefully finish it this week.
I decided the trees needed a little something so I pulled out some wood stars from the basket of ornaments on the shelf below the trees.
I liked this better but I needed two stars for each spring to keep the stars upright.  I didn’t have enough yellow stars so the one on the right has a blue star behind it.  It didn’t seem to stand out until I took a look
at this picture. 
Oh well, it doesn’t bother me and is only noticable if I’m really close and looking at it from a certain angle.
I’m loving my new thrifty trees.
Bedspring – free
Glitter – craft hoard supply
Glue – craft supply
Total cost:  $0

I'll be linking to these parties:
Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge
Frugalicous Fridays at Finding Fabulous
 Hodgepodge Friday at It's a Hodgepodge Life 
Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life
Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring
Fabulous Finds at Frou Frou Decor
Weekend Wrap Up at Tater Tots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Soiree at A Little Lovely
Tools are for Women Too
The Boardwalk Bragfest at Bobbypin's Boardwalk
Lucky Linky Tuesday at Lucky Star Lanes
Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays at New Nostalgia
I Made It Without My Hubby at Shanty 2 Chic
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design
Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden
Creative Share Wednesday at The Trendy Treehouse
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts


  1. Wow, how clever- who would have thought to turn bedsprings into Christmas trees!

  2. These are so cute! I have some springs out in my "stash" closet in the garage. They're just waiting for some repurposing. Love this idea.
    Thanks for sharing and for visiting me.

  3. That is the coolest thing ever! I never would have thought to use bed springs for anything. Love what you made with them.

  4. can't beat free! :) now.. where did I put those rusty bedsprings???
    Thanks for linking up and linking back to me.
    have a great weekend,

  5. Brilliant! Love it enough that I've gotta follow you. After all, I'm a fellow Craft Hoarder (in recovery).


    Thanks for linking up at Tatertots and Jello! I'd love for you to come check out my blog:

    Mucho love!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower!

  7. Oh how cute! I have a bunch of bed springs too and you've just inspired me to make some little trees of my own - thanks!

  8. Very cute! Think my husband would mind if I ripped into our mattress for the sake of decor?? ;) I'm loving this!

    I'm now a follower. Keep the creative juices flowing!

    Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,


  9. Genius! Super Genius!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  10. Very clever craft! Who would have though?? You, that's who!! Awesome idea!
    I'm your newest follower...come check out my blog when you get a chance :-)
    Shantel @

  11. Love it. I would have never thought that you could use bed springs for anything crafty! :)

  12. How wonderful. You're going to think I'm crazy, but I always knew that there was potential in old bedding springs. I've actually spent quite a bit of time thinking about it, and I don't even have any springs. You have taken a load off my mind. I was thinking that the springs were potential just being thrown out. Now I know that someone (someone creative like you) is taking full advantage of these springs in a beautiful and creative way. Thank you for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest.

  13. I love how cute this is, but especially how original it is! Everyone seems to be making cone trees and here you are with these fantastic spring it :)

  14. Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) This will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!

  15. Very cool! I need to find myself some bed springs. . .

  16. instead of a star you can also put a picture or a Christmas card.

  17. What a clever idea! Pinning :)


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