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DIY Reclaimed Hardware Christmas Tree

You can make a reclaimed hardware Christmas tree from all kinds of hardware. This is my third hardware Christmas tree and each one is different.

diy reclaimed hardware Christmas tree



You probably have what you need at home to make a similar project. I bet you have old hinges, outdated door hardware, something used and junky around the house if you’ve been living there very long. After all we are a bunch of home loving, home improvement, diy people.

Go through the junk drawer, garage, storage building, and see what you’ve got. We’re going to make a metal tree.

I decided to go small this time. My prior two trees made in past years are bigger than this one. Isn’t tree number 3 cute.

Make a Christmas tree using drawer pulls and reclaimed jewelry

The soft green hinge is perfect for a Christmas tree. I never know what I’m going to find in my junk stash.
junky salvaged metal stuff

I pulled out one of my boxes of metal junk and sorted through it. I finally had to dump everything on the table so I could see what was there.

junk hardware stash

I have a large stash of old drawer pulls, rusty hardware, metal from who knows where.

putting together reclaimed items into new home decor

Finding the right stuff that all goes together is the hardest part. It has to be the right size and shape and colors, etc. Sometimes it takes me hours to just find the right mix of metal.

putting pieces together to make assemblage junk art


Once I found the body of the tree I went on the hunt for a tree topper. That meant pulling out my jewelry stash. I couldn’t find the perfect topper.

recycle and reclaim metal parts and pieces to make assemblage art

In the middle of the project my son and his family came over. After they left I noticed someone had put the two pieces you see on the left on top of the tree. Perfect.

I’m not sure who my helper was but they picked out the perfect finishing touch for my Diy reclaimed hardware Christmas tree….thank you. Doubling up on the tree topper gave it just the right depth.

gluing the pieces to the board

The only thing left to do was plug in the glue gun and glue all the pieces to the recycled fence wood. I’m still using fence wood picked up curbside in Pensacola after a major hurricane a number of years ago. Free is good. Recycling is good.

one piece at a time

I started at the bottom with the tree trunk hot gluing stuff to the board ending up with the tree topper.

attaching a wire hanger to wall art

I added a hanger by drilling a hole on either side of the top of the wood and threading rusty wire through the holes, then twisting the ends. Recycle, recycle, recycle.

Christmas tree wall decor made from reclaimed and upcycled items by Petticoat Junktion

And that was it. Did you find anything to work with? I bet you could use metal washers, lay them flat, and stack in a pyramid like a tree then add a trunk. Just a thought. I’m heading to the workshop to find some rusty washers.

recycle and repurpose vintage hardware into a Christmas tree

DIY Reclaimed Hardware Christmas Tree

Like this project? Wait until you see the projects in my video tutorial below…..

3 Easy Recycle Upcycle Projects

You can see the other metal trees here……    1. Hardware Christmas Tree…….. 2. Rust and Sparkle Tree

Do you need a glue gun or other DIY supplies? Check out my favorite on the Petticoat Junktion Amazon Page here.

For more recycle project ideas click here.

I almost forgot to mention. This little tree is already sold. Thanks Rani! Hope you guys have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Always love your salvaged metal trees and angels, Kathy! Pinned this one too.
    P.S. Love the new funky hair!!!!

  2. That is darling! Will you sell it or give it away or keep it? I would buy it or if I’d made it I would keep it!

    Christmas Cheer and Merriment to you and your family!

  3. I love all 3 of them – my problem is that I have a ton of craft supplies but almost no old metal parts. I will try to figure out how to round some up somewhere. I am home alone almost all the time so I have no problem working on projects like this after Christmas!

  4. Love all 3. Hard for me to pick a favorite as they’re all beautiful! Great job and so creative. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Oh, I love, love, love this one, It is definitely my favorite so far particularly with the lighter colored pieces, the green and white and the topper. Will you be selling it?