Our windmill was "re purposed" as a Christmas Tree.
I purchased this rustic windmill from a farmhouse estate sale about four years ago. After being outside many years, a couple of the blades broke.
I had always intended on using it in our family room. This was a good reason to bring it inside.
It needed a good cleaning. After cleaning it I sanded it, to get all the loose pieces of rust off and to make it a little smoother.
The sanding took a couple of hours. That being done, I dusted and cleaned off all the parts.
I sealed it with spray on Spar Urethane.
I found someone in our town who does welding and windmill repair. He fixed it and it was ready to come inside.
I decided to just decorate the windmill instead of using our tree.
The lights I put on the windmill had brown wiring as opposed to green or white. That really helped to hide the wiring.
I hung snowy artificial branches and berries here and there on the windmill.
This may become a tradition. I really liked how easy it was!