Repurposed Wooden Spindle Carrots

4 Materials
2 Hours

Old wood spindles are easy to find on old cribs or chairs. Instead of using them as fire-starters, why not easily turn them into cute carrots? Fun for garden-inspired and Spring & Summer decor.

Cut wooden spindles

Cut your wooden spindles in 6-8" sections. If you can find tapered spindles, all the better. You can use whatever width spindles you want, but you definitely want the pointy ends. I used crib spindles, so these are about an inch thick.

Paint spindles

Paint your spindles with craft paints. Instead of just orange carrots, I wanted the look of heirloom varieties. Google heirloom carrots if you need some carrot color inspiration beyond orange. I chose purple, orange and a soft gold.

Drill holes for greenery in spindles

Next, drill small holes in the ends of your carrots to fit greenery.

Glue Greenery into ends

Using a feathery faux greenery (ferny fronds work well), hot glue small pieces into the drilled holes on the ends of your carrots.

Finish carrots with lichen

For a final touch, hot glue small bits of green lichen around the base of the greenery. Finish by using a hair dryer to melt all the hot glue strings away.

Decorate with your spindle carrots!

Use your repurposed spindle carrots in your garden-inspired decorating or on your Spring table. I attached a couple to a grapevine wreath, which you can see HERE. For more fun vintage repurposing junk projects, see HERE.

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Rynn on Apr 02, 2020

    Such a creative use for the spindles! Love the adorable carrots! I don 't have spindles, but was wondering if i could string together some empty thread spools for a similar look.??? Thanks for idea!

    • Lora Bloomquist on Apr 02, 2020

      I’m sure you could, Rynn, but don’t know how you’d get the pointy end.

    • Rynn on Apr 03, 2020

      Good point., ha ha! Maybe graduate down the size of the spools then add some wooden beads at the end , perhaps? Either way, i LOVE your carrots. Oh, just remembered that i do have an old baby bed rail I picked up..... may be i could cut harvest some of those spindles !!! YAY! Carrots on the way for me! Have a great day !


  • Mary on Apr 04, 2020

    Love to try it! Sounds great! The fall craft sale is around the corner, but I think I'm going to make a little spring craft corner on the fall table! I bet those carrots will sell very quickly!

  • Valerie Burge on Apr 04, 2020

    Too cute!!! :)

  • Flipturn on Apr 12, 2020

    For additional color inspiration here are a couple of pictures showing that carrots are not always orange.

    • Lora Bloomquist on Apr 16, 2020

      Aren't they just beautiful?! Thanks for sharing! Great ideas for other colors to use.

  • Robin m on Apr 19, 2020

    That’s an original design! Utterly adorable!! ❤️ It!

  • William on Apr 19, 2020

    That is genius. Had to laugh. They look so real. Great share.

  • Cass on Apr 23, 2020

    Love this ! So clever!

  • Amanda D on May 05, 2020

    Love this! Love the clever!! Thank you for sharing 🥕🥕🥕

  • These are so cute Lora.

  • Dl.5660408 on Apr 03, 2021

    Those are too, too cute💕

  • Em on Apr 03, 2021

    The three different colors are beautiful together.

    • Lora Bloomquist on Apr 03, 2021

      Thanks! They look very similar to the organic ones in the grocery store.