Have you seen all of the natural wood, twine and burlap in the craft stores recently? I’m loving all of it! Everyone else must be, too, because several of the items were already sold out. I was able to find supplies to make some adorable twine spool hooks that are fashioned after the ones that I spotted in a home decor catalog.
You will need:
- (4) 2 inch wood circles
- (2) 3 inch wood circles
- (3) 3 inch x 1 inch wood dowels
- Polyurethane glue or wood glue
- Jute twine
- Hot glue gun
- Decoupage glue
Start making the spool hooks by gluing the wood circles onto the ends of the wood dowels, following the directions on your bottle of glue. For the brand I used, I had to get the pieces of wood damp, apply the glue and then apply pressure for 30-60 minutes while the glue dried. I didn’t have a way to clamp such wide items, so I set a heavy object on top of each spool instead.
Once the glue finishes drying, use a hot glue gun to attach twine to the spools. I used a natural, jute twine, but depending on your project, it might be fun to use colored twine for a pop of color! You only need a dab of glue where the twine starts and where it finishes.
Next, decorate the wood circles on the end of the spool. How you decorate them will depend on the room you plan to hang them in and the colors you want them to be. I decided to go with a kitchen theme and the words: eat, drink and be happy. I made a printable using PicMonkey. If you would like to use the printable, you can download it here:
Cut the circles out and use decoupage glue to attach the words to the spools.
Finally, attach a hook to the back of each spool so that it can be hung in the intended space. I had the hardest time with this step! I couldn’t find a hanger that would hold the hook in place and keep it from tipping forward. I finally found these metal mounting strips (called mending braces) at my local hardware store. My husband helped me put a screw into the center of the spool. He drilled a pilot hole first and then inserted the screw. Use a second screw to attach it to the wall. Another option would be to drill directly through the back of the spool into the wall, instead of using the mounting strip.
You could also sand and seal the wood, depending on how the spools are going to be used.
These twine spools would also work as decoration, just sitting on a shelf. I can picture an autumn trio on my mantel with acorns and colorful leaves!
Photo Credits: Tonia Larson