Wood Spool Ornament

by Teri.jeffrey
6 Materials
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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Suggested materials:
  • Vintage wood thread spool   (Thread box or Amazon)
  • CraftSmart white chalky paint   (Michaels or Amazon)
  • Christmas scrapbook paper   (On hand or Amazon)
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  • Caren Walker Caren Walker on Feb 24, 2023

    I want to do a craft like this using empty spools for a 5 minute craft at my quilt guild meeting. I want to make Christmas tree ornaments and sun catchers. What kind of wire do you suggest? What tools might I need? Would I find these things at JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby? or Michaels? Online? I mostly have plastic spools.

  • Teri.jeffrey Teri.jeffrey on Feb 25, 2023

    I used regular lightweight craft wire that I bought at Walmart and a pair of needle point pliers that I had to twist the wire. Your project sounds like fun. Just as a thought… I think I might make some new ones this year but rather than wrap the spool with paper, I might try wrapping them in wired beads or fuzzy yarn. Thanks for asking. 🙋🏻‍♀️