Small wooden thread spool ideas

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Seamsters, don’t toss your empties in the trash! There are plenty of cute and even some practical ways to reuse spools of thread.

There are plenty of cute and even some practical ways to reuse spools of thread.

Sewing can be a great way to reduce your impact. You can make your own cloth napkins, cloth pads, or alter weirdo thrift store finds into cute wardrobe pieces. But sewing comes with its own waste, including those empty spools of thread. Luckily, you don’t have to toss those spools into the recycle bin. Try one of these cute ways to reuse spools of thread instead.

1. DIY Picture Holder – A little washi tape and hot glue transform an old thread spool into a cute picture holder for your shelf.

2. Drawer Pulls – Wooden spools of thread add character to a piece of revamped furniture when you use them as drawer pulls.

3. Thread Spool Pumpkins – Bonnie made her pumpkin from a wooden spool, but you could do this with a plastic spool, too, with some orange spray paint.

4. Spool Shrooms – How adorable are these little thread spool mushrooms from Life is a Party? You can use old spools or wine corks to make these cute shrooms!

5. Pincushions – Kind of meta, right? The Haby Goddess turns old thread spools into handy miniature pin cushions.

6. Thread Spool Bracelet – Debi’s Design Diary uses a saw to make this cute bracelet. Check out her video:

7. Carrots – How adorable are these thread spool carrots from Crafts by Courtney?

8. Easter Chicks – The thread spool Easter craft goodness doesn’t end with carrots. Love and Marriage Blog made adorable thread spool Easter chicks!

9. Spring Birds – Celebrate spring with these cute spring birds mounted on thread spools from Pet Scribbles!

10. Necklaces – Smaller spools make cute pendants! My So Called Crafty Life shows you how to make these sweet thread spool necklaces.

11. Spooky Spools – I love that this thread spool project from The Crafty Sisters is part decoration and part activity.

12. Bouquet – Project Kid shows you how to use nail polish to turn an old spool of thread into the “vase” for a bouquet of miniature flowers.

13. Spool of Thread Wreath – Live Love Sew used wooden spools for her wreath, but I think you could use plastic ones, too, with some extra love. Cover them in paper, washi tape, yarn, or spray paint before making the wreath.


Anyone who sews knows that they will eventually end up with an empty spool that gets tossed in the trash. Why not recycle them into some unique items instead? Here are 11 awesome wooden spool craft projects choose from.

Where to find spools

Today, spools are made out of plastic, but vintage wooden ones can still be found in flea markets or antique shops. Some of them still have their original labels or graphics on them, which adds another interesting design element. If you can’t find vintage spools, new ones are easily available.

Felt Ball Trees from

These felt ball trees would be such a fun and festive decoration at a special event and they are super easy to make. I think they would make darling centerpieces at a shower.

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Spool Garland from LR Stitched: Lindsey Rhodes

For a great way to repurpose all of those empty plastic spools that you don’t want to throw in the trash, this garland is an awesome idea. The nice thing about this project is that it can be tailored to any holiday or event.

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Vintage Wooden Spool And Bead Tutorial from Create with Claudia

This pendant, made with beads and a wooden spool, is a unique and fashionable addition to any jewelry wardrobe.

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Vintage Spool Wreath from Lora B.

The graphics on the ends of the spools used in this wreath are delightful, and really give the project that vintage feel. I would love one of these for my Christmas tree!

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Upcycled Wooden Thread Spool Ornament from Pillar Box Blue

Who wouldn’t love one of these charming ornaments for their tree? I think they would make ideal gifts for all of the friends in your sewing circle.

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

DIY Vintage Wooden Spool Ornaments from Life is Sweeter By Design

Christmas is definitely an excellent time for wooden spool crafts, and this vintage ornament is no exception. I love the added touch of glitter to make it really sparkle in the tree.

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Vintage Wooden Spool Christmas Table Decorations from Mod Podge Rocks!

These festive table decorations are just the thing that your Christmas party needs. Add names and you have the perfect holiday place holder!

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Bird’s Nest from Rusty Rooster Vintage

For an adorable vintage decoration, this unique bird’s nest is ideal. I can just imagine it as part of a pretty mantel or tablescape.

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Thread Spool Necklace from It Happens in a Blink

In this fun and funky necklace, the thread is still on the spools. It adds a whole other decorative dimension to the piece, and it could be made in so many different color combinations.

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Spool Pin Cushion from Crafty Goodies

Great for any sewing room, or a fun and unique gift for someone who sews, this pin cushion is absolutely charming.

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Spool of Thread Drawer Pull from sew many ways

I can just imagine having these adorable spools on the walls and dresser drawers of my sewing room. What a charming way to use them!

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

All of these projects are so inspiring, so gather up your wooden spools and give one a try!

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

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35 Ways To Reuse Thread Spools

I have about 100 old and new Thread spools to save for a craft project. In the old days the thread spools were all in wood, which you could easily burn in the fireplace, now the new spools are in plastic or styrofoam. I can’t seem to find out if they are recyclable or not. No matter what you can reuse to make some pretty cool stuff.

There are all types of spools from the large wire spools to yarn spools to ribbon spools, bobbin Spools. I have 6 Vintage large wooden spools, that I use for candle holders. Many of the ideas below can be used for all types of smaller spools, whether plastic, wood or styrofoam.

1. Make an abacus Art Piece: Via Curbly 

2. Use as Pedestals : Via Mike Monaco 

3. Use for Photos Via Craftzine 

4. Reuse for Napkin Decor. Via Lauren Elise Crafted

5. Make Decorations Via Something Created Everyday 

6. Make a charm or a key chain Via Pinterest


7. I love this idea- a way to store and reuse

8. Put in a jar and put on display. You can paint them in assorted colors


9. Need to raise a chair or a table, consider attaching them on the bottom.

10. Reuse and make doorknobs

11. Make a coil clamp via Heretical Builders

12. Use for animal toys

13. Furniture for Doll Houses

14. Make Dolls. How To Make A Doll 

15. Make Toys via Fun In The Making 

16. Make Salt and Pepper Shakers via Homemade by Jill 

17. Make a baby rattle

18. Make a Thread Nest via Just Something I Made

19. Another Tree Idea. Via Make Club

20. Make An Advent Calendar by Just Something I Made

21. Make necklaces

22. Make a flower vase

23. Make a back massager

24. Make a Spool Hook (Ubercrafter) and Design Sponge

25. Make a Christmas Tree Garland. String together and wrap around the tree.

26. Make a Wooden Spool Menorah 

27. Make a Snowman 

28. Make Christmas Ornaments 

29. Make a Greeting Spool- isn’t this cute! Via Suburbia Soup  

30. Make A Wreath


31. Loop together to make a curtain

32. Put at the end of a rope and make a jump rope.

33. The styrofoam can be reused for shipping and storing fragile items

34. Decorate a Picture Frame. Via Silly Pearl 

35. Make a Lamp Via Tidy Brown Wren 

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Vintage Thread Spools DIY Project

Know that we know thread has a shelf life, let’s explore creative uses for our vintage spool collection!

11 Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

Vintage Thread Spools


Not only are these ideas creatively cool but they are so easy to achieve. Be prepared to think beyond your sewing space.

Creative usages for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

  1. Vintage spools make the perfect place cards for any special occasion.  

Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

2.  Thread spool turned pincushion.

Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

3. This coffee table would be awesome in a studio or hobby room.

Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

4. Create colorful garlandwith leftover fabric scraps and thread spools.

Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

5. How cool would your curtains looked tied back with a pair of these!

Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

6. Update an old dresser with a few long screws and a fresh coat of paint.

Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

7. How about a sweet little accessory for your next quilt meeting.

Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

8. Load up empty spools with leftover trims for a pretty display piece in your studio.

Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

9. Be sure to pass a few of these pretty wine charmers out at your next girls night and never misplace your glass again!

11 Creative uses for vintage thread spools. The Sewing Loft

10. Grab a few of those vintage babies and start stamping! These little pretties would be the perfect package decoration

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11. And just to give you a good chuckle… I’m pretty sure we are all card carrying members! Do you know the secret handshake?

So, the next time you see a big olde box of vintage thread spoolsat your local estate sale be sure you’re picking them up for something other than your sewing machine!

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Antique Wooden Thread Spools Value (20 Recycle Projects)

Everything has a value.Good sewing machines have value, new ones do, and even the old wood spools have a little value left in the. They may be empty but these wood spools command a fair price when you want to go old fashioned and get away from metal or plastic.

Antique wooden thread spools value:They are unique, well built and seem to last forever. A good wood spool doesn’t lose its value once the thread is gone. At one collectible store, you can pick up wood spools and their accessories for between $27 and $200.

To learn the value of wood spools and how to recycle them, just continue to read our article. It provides you with the information on where to find them, how much they are worth and how to recycle them.

When Did They Stop Making Wooden Thread Spools?


It was back in the early 1970s that thread spool makers stopped making wood spools. It was purely a business decision that led to the demise of the wooden spool. Businesses like to cut expenses and wood was too expensive to use so they just stopped.

An average wood spool cost spool makers between 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 cents each to make. That was too much of an expense given that spool makers turned out thousands of thread spools every year.

Plastic thread spools cost about half that much so it was an economical decision only. This is too bad as the sewing experience got a lot worse once those plastic spools hit the market and made their way home.

Their lightweight made it difficult for the machine to hold the plastic spool in place and no matter what the manufacturer did, the plastic spools never really looked pretty.

How Old Are Wooden Thread Spools?


Some wooden thread spools can be as old as 100 years, while others will only be close to 50 years old since they were stopped being made in the early 70s. but to answer the question, no one really knows.

The invention of the wooden thread spool could have come at any time in history as the ancient world was using some type of thread since the beginning of time. The ancient Romans in 100 to 400 AD used glass spools.

It would not be a stretch of the imagination to think that someone could create a wood spool just to trim costs as the plastic was used in the 1970s to do the same thing. We cannot think that wood spools were invented at or after the invention of the sewing machine.

Simply because hand sewing was used for thousands of years before that invention. The first wooden spool invention is lost to time.

How to Date Wooden Thread Spools


The first clue as to the age of the wooden spool you may own is looking at the manufacturer’s name. The brand name will give you a clue as their records will show when they stopped making wooden spools. That date would be your earliest possible age.

You may be able to contact the company and see when they made that particular spool but the label should be intact so that the information on it can be used to track down the actual manufacturing time.

Also, the brand name is going to be of big help for if the company went out of business before the switch over to plastic that end of business will give you another approximate date to go by.

The country of origin would be another clue to use to track down the actual age of the wooden spool. Another factor will be found in the type of wood that was used to create those old wood spools.

These pieces of information should help you get on the right track to find out how old your wood spools are and if they are actually worth any money.

Are Wooden Thread Spools Worth Anything?


There are a lot of factors that go into determining the value of any object including wood spools. The answer to the question is yes but with a big but at the end of that answer.

The value will depend on the condition of the wood spool, if there is thread still on it or not, the company that made it and when it was made. Also, the type of wood that went into making it is a big factor in the spool’s value.

Then the size and shape of the spool will add or subtract value. Those wood spools that look like old wheel axles seem to have more value than the standard looking wood spool.

Keep in mind that many of the post World War 2 wood spools were probably massed produced and have less of a value than those made from earlier decades. Survival also plays a role in how much worth a wooden spool has. The fewer there are the more valuable they become.

Antique Wooden Thread Spools Value


The value of the wood spools depends a lot on where you buy them. If you come across the ones listed at Amazon those antique wood spools are not worth a lot of money. The ones on Amazon are sold at prices between $10 and $30 approx.

Plus the condition of the wood spools is going to play a role in how much value a wood spool has. If you look at the ones for sale at thiswebsite, you will see that they are all in top condition and sell for a higher price than the ones at Amazon.

Then as stated earlier, the age will add to the value and some of the older pre-WW2 wooden spools can come at a hefty price.This websitehas some of those older thread spools.

Then if you pop over toeBayyou will see that damaged spools lose their value as one set worm-eaten spools do not command a very large sum to take them home. Just so you know, sentimental value does not figure into the costs at all.

Maybe to you, they are worth more because the spools were passed down several generations but to a collector, it doesn’t mean anything at all. Then finally, the value of a wood spool is in how much a person is willing to pay for it.

If someone balks at the $100 price tag and wants to buy it at $50 then the wood spool is worth only $50. Though that does not mean the buyer will not turn around and try to sell it for $100 in their store

Collectors will low ball an item just to pay less money for it. The value is in what the person sees in the wood spool. And that value fluctuates between collectors as well.

Projects Using Wooden Thread Spools

One of the good things about wooden thread spools is that they can be used in a variety of ways once their thread is used up. The wood spool does not lose its work value just because its primary purpose is over.

Here are some ways to reuse or recycle wooden thread spools:

  • 1. Turn them into an art piece - many artists could create a nice work of art out of old spools.
  • 2. They have pedestal power - when you want to protect and elevate small figurines wood spools can do the trick. They come in a variety of sizes and can be painted, decorated and hold individual toy figures with ease.
  • 3. Use them as a photo album - this is a great way to highlight those vintage photos that you are very proud to own. The photos of your ancestors can be individually held and again you can decorate the spools to keep the attention on those photos.
  • 4. Decorations are not excluded - wooden spools can be painted, have crepe paper wrapped around it or even hold sparklers to spruce up a special occasion. Plus, they can be reused when the holiday changes.
  • 5. Make furniture out of them - if you have a lot of spools lying around, you can use them to build a new glass top coffee table. You need to be handy with working with wood.
  • 6. They can be used on the dinner table - if you are a handy project person you can turn certain spools into salt and pepper shakers and keep them on your breakfast table.
  • 7. They help keep time - one good project for when you have time and extra wood spools on hand is to make a calendar out of them. Place the numbers you need on the spool and build a nice staggered rack to display each day of the week.
  • 8. Hold your jewelry - this is ideal as wood is very jewelry friendly and you can hold many necklaces and bracelets on different sized wood spools. Just make sure you design the rack in a way that complements your room.
  • 9. Make toys - wood spools are very versatile and you can make toys, dolls or even dollhouse furniture out of them. They are solid items to use and they won’t cost you any money as you already have them around the house.
  • 10. They make good door knobs - whether you put them on closets, real doors or even storage cabinets, wood spools make great items to grab onto and open a door.

Wooden Thread Spools Craft Ideas

Once you start brainstorming, the ideas should flow about how to use wood spools for different arts and crafts projects. There are a million and one uses for empty wood spools and we are sure you can come up with a lot of great ideas.

Here is a list of some just to get you started on the right track:

  • Make Christmas decorations out of them - doesn’t matter if it is for the window, tree or just around the house wood spools can light up your holiday with the right accents.
  • Scissor holders - depending on their size, you can use these spools to hold your different sized scissors.
  • Create a wreath - the different sizes can help you be creative in your wreath’s look and they can be painted or sprinkled to add a little decorative touch and charm.
  • Knick knack holder - it the spools are large then their tops and bottoms can hold some of your smaller knick-knacks.
  • Make alphabet blocks - paint some numbers and letters on them and teach your child the basics when they are too young to go to school.
  • Turn them into holders - spools can hold branches, little trees, felt balloons and so on. The sky should be the limit as to what these little items can hold.
  • A necklace - the wood spool can hold accents like beads and other decorative jewelry and be turned into a nice looking necklace for a child.
  • A pin cushion - don’t retire the spool from sewing. Use it to hold your pins by making it a very attractive pin cushion.
  • ​Tape measure holder - again let the wood spool keep its hand in sewing and turn the empty spool into a nice looking fabric tape measure holder. Never lose it or misplace it as your paper tape measure always has a spot to sit.
  • Turn it into a bell - you can have lots of fun adding fabric, bells or other decorative options and use the thread spool as a bell to ring in the new year.

Some Final Words

They may not be making them anymore but wooden spools are not worthless. Not only do some of them have monetary value, but they also have decorative value. How you make use of them is up to you but don’t throw them away.

Use them yourselves or have your kids create different projects on rainy days.

Vintage Thread Spools DIY Project

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