Wooden thread spools can be found at garage sales, thrift stores, and estate sales. You may even have old wooden thread spools in your sewing box. Re-use these for a variety of wooden thread spool crafts. Make holiday ornaments and decorations, functional craft tools, wreaths or use your wooden thread spools in collages and as sewing room decor.
Functional Uses for Wooden Spools
Wooden thread spools can be used for a variety of functional craft projects. You can hammer 4 small nails evenly around the top of the spool to make a knitting spool or corker (see the Resources section for complete instructions). A knitting spool is an excellent tool for a child interested in knitting and can produce knitted cord of various sizes, depending upon the yarn or embroidery floss you choose. You might also reuse wooden spools to hold yarn for colorwork projects, embroidery floss, or other fibers.
Wooden Spools as Decoration
Use wooden spools as is or take the time to paint or stain them. If you have spools with thread intact, consider simply displaying them in a basket, bowl or on a narrow shelf. Glue several spools together to form a tall candle holder. Wooden spools can also be screwed onto a dresser to create charming and whimsical drawer pulls. Combine wooden spools with other vintage sewing notions to create a shadowbox display to share your love of needlework.
Wooden spools work very well as the basis for an easy and cute Christmas craft. Paint spools in holiday colors like red, green, gold or silver. Allow to dry thoroughly. Cut a narrow strip of paper to the width of the spool. This strip of paper can be used for a holiday greeting or message or a child's Christmas wish list. Secure the paper strip into place with double stick tape and thread ribbon through the spool to hang it. Consider adding bells to your wooden spool ornaments or simply wrapping the spool with a bit of leftover wrapping paper for a simple and rustic wooden spool ornament.
Use your wooden thread spools to make wreaths. You can simply wire together spools using heavy craft wire to create a wreath entirely out of thread spools. Add a bow made of wired ribbon and hang in your sewing room or anywhere in your home. Use spools with thread in their original state or opt for refinished spools for a more polished look. You can also wire spools onto a grapevine wreath or a holiday wreath. You can also make a simple wreath of spools and use it flat as a candle ring or to surround a simple glass bowl.
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