Wood Spool Ornament

by Teri.jeffrey
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1 Hour
Sorting through a box of old threads from an estate sale purchase, I discovered several wood thread spools that were too classic vintage to discard. They had to have a new life.
Old Wood Thread Spools
August is the time I "try" to start making holiday gifts, so decided to focus on a project that would help me get started. Selected one and sanded label off of top & bottom.
Chalk Painted Ends
Painted both ends with CraftSmart chalky white paint.  No need to do the middle section as the paper will cover it.
Mod Podge Paper
Sorting through my scrap paper, I found a red & white Merry Christmas paper and cut it to fit the center of the spool. Distressed the spool ends and then glued the paper to wood with ModPodge and let it dry. That entire piece then received 2 coats of ModPodge.
The Bling Arrives
Next it was time to sort through my junk & scrap jewelry to find the perfect accent pieces of bling.
Ornament Hanger Demolition
Using a beaded ornament hanger, I turned it upside down and straightened the curled end with pliers.
Revised Ornament Hanger
The straightened piece then enabled me to thread the spool & jewelry.
Threaded Spool & Jewelry
Once I found the design I liked (the angel from previous pic has been saved for another project), I cut the straightened wire with wire cutters to leave just enough room to curl metal into base of spool.
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like..
I'm happy with the final product and will make more to use as gifts. They'll also be great as a present decoration. And, who says they need to be holiday ornaments? I may change the paper on some and make them light baubles or fan pulls or sun catchers or even a necklace. Who knows...

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  • Elaine Elaine on Sep 18, 2017
    See the photo below, Teri!

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    • Elaine Elaine on Sep 18, 2017
      I hope my other reply to you showed up - I don't see it at this end, Teri. If it's missing, I was just saying that if you have a bunch of old wooden items, place them inside a glass cloche, set it on a tray with a few other items placed beside it and you have an interesting display or to use the correct word ... a "vignette"! lol! Another hint ... if your wooden spools (thread type or the older yarn types) look too new or not aged enough, buy a small bottle of dollar-store craft paint in "Raw Umber". (a dark brown). Rub some on your new looking spools then wipe it off fast - it really gives a nice "antique" appearance. If the Raw Umber soaks into the wood too fast and is too dark for your taste, thin it down with a few drops of water until you get the look you want. This is also fun to do on chunks of wood, twigs, etc. to achieve a driftwood/rustic look. Have fun! If you can only find "Burnt Umber" (and not the Raw Umber), it will work too except that Burnt Umber is a warmer brown since it has a touch of red whereas Raw Umber is a cooler brown.

  • Susan Urban Susan Urban on Sep 26, 2017
    I did something like this, but used canceled Christmas stamps to put around the spool instead of the paper.