When you take old spools, give them new life, and toss in some balls of fabric, and buttons, you have what our grandmothers used for function, to use in a new way to decorate.
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Source: Found one in a thrift shop and had to make them for a gift shop!
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Re-use empty thread spools. Fasten a row of them jammed shoulder to shoulder inside a kitchen cabinet door and you've got yourself an instant knife holder.
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I would like a craft idea that would use old tatting thread and spools full of thread, that are somewhat new. I saw somewhere a craft that used these, but can't remember where. Can someone help with this? Thank you ever so.
By Patsy from Salem, MO
Sorry, I'm looking for ideas of how to use full spools of tatting thread.
I crochet with it with a size 8 (very old hook) or a size 10 hook. It works up really pretty and I only do basic stiches.
A friend has a lot of wooden spools with no thread on them. She is wanting some ideas for using them or I should say, crafting with them. Thank you.
By homestead from Bardstown, KY
People used to make spool dolls. Google that and see what comes up or try About.com and type in spool dolls.
Use as feet on baskets, bird houses, or planters. There is the old strung-together spool doll with a round wooden bead head with painted on face.
I have several wooden spools that belonged to my grandmother. I was wanting to keep them in a jar with some of her old buttons. Do you know if it is better for anitquity to keep the thread on them or off? I know that I am to leave the labels on.
I think it's best to keep the thread on. I don't see how it could hurt the spools unless they get wet. It increases their value also. Besides, they must look nicer in the jar. I have sold many with silk thread on them on ebay. You would be suprised at how much people will pay for them.
I think it's best to leave the thread on especially if it's silk thread. It can only damage the spools if they get wet. It will look nicer in the jar also. I have sold many of these on ebay, you would be suprised how much people will pay!
I'm not a collector or anything, but I'd say that if someone was wanting to buy your spools (if you ever wanted to sell), they'd want to see what was on the spools. Plus they'd be more attractive with their colored threads on them. If the buyer didn't want the thread on them, they could take it off, themselves.
Keep in the original condition and that means leaving the thread on, even if it's hanging by a thread.
Does anyone have an idea for use of old empty wooden thread spools? Thank you.
By linda from Niagara Falls, NY
I have a bag full of old wooden spools - not the spools you find today - the old spools anywhere from 8-12 inches, some have the yarn/thread still on them & some don't. I'm looking for crafts to use them in.
Thanks for any help.
They make really cute Christmas tree ornaments. Glue ribbon, pictures, beads anything that looks like Christmas.
About 5 years ago I made a craft project for Halloween by painting on wooden spools. The characters were Frankenstein, Dracula, and a witch. Can anyone out there can help me, thanks in advance!
These are made with plastic spoons, but I'm sure you could modify them for wood spoons. The link below is for the ones in the picture.
This link makes a ghost and spider as well as the other styles using spoons.
Hope that helps!
You can go to this link. Tthere are a few listed.
The spools (plastic or wood) need to hold around 2 hundred feet of yarn or a little more.
By Curb minor
This is a page about making a spool reindeer. Thread spools can be used to make many craft projects.
Use an old spool to make these cute and handy pin cushions. This is a page about making a thread spool pin cushion.
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I have empty wooden and plastic spools from thread. These are from small sewing machine thread. Does anyone know easy crafts we can do with them?