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Wooden Thread Spool Crafts

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What you can make with old wooden thread spools?

Just a Few Possibilities


Christmas Ornaments


Bulletin Board or Picture Frame

Decorated Table

Drawer Pull

Cupboard or Door Handle

Wooden thread spools add a vintage charm to many different types of craft projects. After you have used up the thread, consider re-purposing or upcycling the spools into functional or fun pieces for your home. With drawer pulls to wreaths to bulletin boards, there is something here for everyone. Many of the projects here are suited for both kids and adults. Happy crafting!

Wooden thread spools come in different sizes and shapes.

Wooden thread spools come in different sizes and shapes.

Wish List Spool Ornament

Where can you find old wooden thread spools?

Many people opt to craft with wooden thread spools because they already have a bunch of them hanging around the house. However, if you're interested in making a craft with them and don't already have a stash, you may be able to hunt down enough of them for your project.

  • eBay. I was surprised just how many listings there are on eBay for bulk lots of wooden thread spools. You should not have trouble getting a reasonable bid in for all of the spools that you'll need for your projects.
  • Etsy. There are a number of listings on Etsy for both new and vintage wooden spools. If you're interested in sets of identical spools for specific types of projects, this can be a good option.
  • Craigslist and freecycle. If you would rather explore options that don't involve shipping, you may be able to find spool listings on your local Craigslist or freecycle.
  • Garage sales. You never know when you'll stumble on a great spool find at a garage sale. When you scout listings online or in the newspaper, look for information about craft or sewing supplies.
  • Thrift stores and flea markets. Second hand stores and flea markets can be hit or miss for this type of supply, but if you frequent these places, it's worth keeping your eyes open.
  • Family sewing collections. Do you have access to old craft supplies from a grandma or aunt that you've never tapped before or haven't pulled out recently? Check for wooden thread spools.

Photo Ornament Day 6 Spool Ornament

Wooden Thread Spool Craft Projects

  • Wreath. Hot glue is the preferred method for attaching wooden spools to a wreath form. E-6000 and tacky glue also work well. Some people opt to decorate their spools before they glue them while others leave them plain for a more rustic aesthetic. You can also combine plain and decorated spools for a single piece. Customize your wreath for any holiday, occasion, or season.
  • Decorated table. If you browse Pinterest on a regular basis, you may have seen this idea floating around. The original tutorial link no longer works, and I can't find another one anywhere online, but the concept is fairly self-explanatory. The trick will be hunting down a table that works for the project.
  • Picture frame or bulletin board frame. This tutorial is for a bulletin board frame, but you can customize this concept for virtually any type of frame. I love the blog author's idea to complete her spool decorated bulletin board with some spool thumb tacks.
  • Christmas ornaments. There are so many sources of inspiration online for Christmas ornaments made from both wooden and plastic spools. Once the wheels start turning, you won't be able to stop making ornaments.
  • More Christmas décor. Maya Road has a great tutorial for an adorable miniature spool Christmas tree. She opted to decorate it with vintage sheet music and book pages, but of course you can change this up as you like. It will be the perfect addition to any table top during the holiday season.
  • Decorative snowflakes. For those who are feeling more adventurous, you can fashion your spools into virtually any shape. Snowflakes are a fun option for winter décor that you can leave up after Christmas.
  • Valentine's Day décor. This large heart is marketed as Valentine's Day décor, but don't feel limited to that. It can be a cherry component to any room throughout the year.
  • Jewelry. This tutorial is for a spool bracelet. You can alter the concept to make necklaces and earrings.
  • Decorated spools as décor. Decorated spools can stand on their own for many different types of home decorating. Susan of Art in Stitches wrapped her spools with tiny embroidered pieces that she used to fill a small baby cradle. Kelli of Ephemeral Alchemy decorated his spools with poetry. If you like this idea of using words on your spools, consider favorite quotes as well.

Altered Thread Spools

Functional Purposes for Wooden Thread Spools

In addition to crafty ideas, there are a handful of functional ways to use wooden thread spools around the house, too. If you don't want to use plain thread spools, paint or decorate them first.

  • Jewelry display or hanger. Some people create a display with wooden spools while other people simply attach the spools to the wall.
  • Drawer pull.
  • Cupboard or door handle. I have seen pictures of this before, but of course I couldn't find example when I was finally putting all of my thread spool ideas together. The concept is very similar to the drawer pull.

Do you enjoy using recycled objects for craft projects? Check out some more project ideas from the author.


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 26, 2013:

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That's great, Rogene! Have fun.

Rogene Robbins on February 26, 2013:

I have wooden spools from my Grandma's sewing box, some with thread still on them. Now I have some ideas for what to do with them.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 25, 2013:

I really appreciate the feedback, kittythedreamer! The dividers are just image files. You use the photo capsule to add them to HubPages articles.

bridalletter, that's great! Best of luck with your project.

Thanks, Torri!

torrilynn on February 24, 2013:


you are very creative on reusing wooden spools and how you can turn them into something new and fun. thanks and voted up.

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on February 24, 2013:

I love recycle and reuse ideas, especially when they are crafts! This just help me with a problem I am having with a shadow box. An item I want to place on one side is too deep for the box. I have to adjust it. If I use the wooden spools on the back, I can extend it without a lot of sawing or anything else I don't have tools for. Thank you!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on February 24, 2013:

Your hubs are really top-notch. Some of the best I've seen on Hubpages, ever. Loved this one too! I have to ask a question that no one has answered for me (which is a little off-topic to this hub) do you get the lined borders between your sections in your hubs? I've yet to figure that one out and no one ever tells me when I ask LOL. Thanks and great hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 01, 2013:

Thanks so much, vespawoolf! I'm glad that you found some ideas here that you like.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 01, 2013:

I love your DYI crafts using recycled items. The spools look charming, and I especially like the idea of the jewelry hanger. Thanks!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 21, 2013:

Thanks, KoffeeKlatch! You have lots of ideas now. I also have an article on HP about uses for corks.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on January 21, 2013:

Great ideas. I have a basket full of wooden spools. I was wondering what to do with them. Now, If I could only find out what to do with corks.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 17, 2013:

Thanks, Vicki! I was surprised, too. Obviously plastic spools are more readily available, but it isn't too hard to track down wooden spools. Barbie tables, love it! I'm sure that they were really sweet. :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on January 17, 2013:

These are great ideas! I'm surprised you can find empty spools so easily out there. When I was little, I used them to make tables for my Barbies. I cut out cardboard for the table top and put a tablecloth over it (made from my mom's material). Great hub. I love how you laid it all out, too!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 17, 2013:

Thanks, Rosie! Yep, I was surprised, but eBay had a ton of good listings when I checked over there for this article.

Audrey Surma from Virginia on January 17, 2013:

These are great ideas for spools. I recently needed spools for a science lab, creating self-propelled spools with rubber-bands and dowels, teaching kinetic and potential energy, but wasn't sure where to find spools in large quantities - Ebay - good to know. Voted up and useful.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 17, 2013:

Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan! You only need a few to make some of these projects like Christmas ornaments.

Claudia Porter on January 17, 2013:

This is really cool. I have some wooden spools, but not many. Pinned.

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