Restoring a Goodwill Tree

Goodwill Industries International Inc. is an American nonprofit 501 organization that provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities. – Wikipedia
It’s also a place where you can find random dusty things… Like this fake tree!
Can you see the dust??! So dusty.
I was drawn to it for the green ceramic vase and the shape of the twisting branches. It reminded me of some bonsai trees.
I knew it would take a long time to clean, and there were missing branches, holes, and the base where the tree meets the “dirt” was gross….
But it was 5 bucks!
So I gathered my supplies.
Damp rag
Glue gun and glue sticks
Water glass, to dampen rag, not to drink
River rocks
Canned air
Wire cutters
House M.D. playing on Netflix. Very important.
Cleaning indeed did take a very long time. I wiped every single leaf. Some branches fell out. Some leaves fell off. This thing must be old.
Next came the glue gun. I filled the holes and reattached branches. I tested all the other branches for looseness. Several needed glue. There were a few wires sticking out, the wire cutters took care of those.
Then came the river rocks. That dirt had to go.
The canned air helped get strangles of hot glue, but blasted bits of dirt out of the vase. It got everywhere. So the canned air was retired.
The rocks were perfect.
This was the first layer. There needed to be lots of layers to reach the top of the vase, otherwise the dirt would still show on the sides.
So many rocks had to be used, thankfully one $6.99 bag even had leftover rocks to after I filled the vase.
But my finger was damaged in the process.
Because of this.
But all is well!
All good. Sans an index finger.
The tree looks great!!



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