Christmas in May – Hints and Tips

Christmas Garland from Thread Spools

Christmas Garland from Thread Spools

Tip: What To Make With Empty Thread Spools

For some reason, I have always saved empty spools in all sizes, shapes, and colours, and have acquired quite a collection including the wooden ones from I’m not sure how long ago. It didn’t feel right to throw them out. I felt that something could be done with them.

One idea was threading them together to make a kind of doll. Ages ago, I read somewhere that they could be glued end on end to make supports for small shelves. Interesting idea, that!

What I started doing with mine was to make Christmas garlands. They can be used to decorate a Christmas tree or hung in our sewing rooms to add some Christmas cheer. It’s a good way to use up small Christmasy scraps, too!

To create yours:

  • measure the circumference of the inside of the spool and add a little for overlapping.
  • measure the height of the inside of the spool. Example: 1.25 x 3.24 inches.
  • cut a piece of fabric to that size.
  • using a nontoxic, washable, acid free, glue, rub the glue over the back side of the fabric.
  • wrap the fabric around the spool overlapping the ends.
  • allow time to dry.
  • thread your spools together. If desired, add some beads and bells between them.
  • tie a small loop at each end for hanging them.

    Enjoy come Christmas!

    Closer View of Thread Spool Garland

    Closer View of Thread Spool Garland

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    5 Comments

    1. Thank you, Evelene. šŸ™‚

    2. Evelene Sterling

      A very good idea and upcycling at its best!

    3. What a great idea you have! I’ll add a new blog post sharing your link.

    4. @pril

      I just shared this on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/11/turn-empty-thread-spools-into-art.html

      Feel free to grab my Featured Button on the right sidebar if you like.

      @pril

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