Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Spool Ornament Tutorial (Crate Paper ‘Bundled Up’)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

I have wanted to make a spool ornament for a couple of years (after seeing THIS ONE by Linda Auclair). I finally got round to it for this event, and I have a feeling I’m going to be making lots more, as it was so easy and ended up so pretty! Here’s mine…

Vintage Spool Ornament:

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Want to know how to put it together? Here you go:

Step 1: Find a wooden spool. I bought mine at a vintage fair, it had thread on it then but I’ve used that up by now! It measures approx 1¼” tall by 1¼” diameter:

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Peel off the labels, and cut circles of patterned paper for the top and the bottom of the spool, inking the circle edges with a gold ink pad (my papers are from a Crate Paper Bundled Up 6×6 pad):

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 3: Stick the circles onto the spool (I used a glue stick), and pierce two holes in the centre of each circle, over the hole in the spool centre:

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 4: Use a darning needle to thread bakers twine through two buttons at the bottom of the spool, then up through the spool centre, and through two buttons at the top of the spool. If your button has four holes you only need to go though two of them:

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 5: Tie a knot above the buttons at the top of the spool to hold the bakers twine in place:

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Here’s what the bottom of the spool looks like:

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Decorate the rest of the spool as you like! I used some more Bundled Up paper (stuck on with a glue stick again), and a bit of gold trim hot-glued around the top. I altered a piece of Bundled Up Ephemera – glittering the edge using Mod Podge and American Crafts White Spark Glitter, and adding a red gem to the centre, before hot-glueing it to the spool:

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

I can’t wait to hang this on my tree! Little Miss has asked if she can make one too. Have you ever made a spool ornament?

Be Inspired:

Stick a gem in the centre of a snowflake

Alter a vintage item

Pile up some pretty buttons

That’s the last post for this evening, but I’ll see you again tomorrow at 10am GMT for a day filled with inspiration, challenges, and another sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

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  • Sarah

    This is fab … such a great idea! the small patterns on the Bundled up 6 x 6 papers work well! x

    November 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm
  • So clever – never would have guessed from the sneaky peek!

    November 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm
  • Super cute! I have not made one before but I might now. Thanks!

    November 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm
  • It certainly fooled me on Facebook!! Very cute idea.

    November 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm
  • Laura G.Turcotte

    Ooohhhh—I like this!! So beautiful! Great idea!

    November 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    This is super!! Think I might have some reels like that!!!!!!! LOL

    November 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm
  • This is just so sweet I love the vintage feeling and they would look lovely hanging on a tree 🙂

    November 9, 2013 at 12:09 am
  • Jean Bullock

    Ingenious! Well done!

    November 9, 2013 at 12:46 am
  • Bethany Hardy

    That is stinking cute!

    November 9, 2013 at 1:07 am
  • This is darling! I have sooo many of those – can’t wait to craft some of these :~) Thanks!

    November 9, 2013 at 1:21 am
  • I like the layering of the buttons. That’s a pretty label too. Have a wonderful night.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    November 9, 2013 at 2:28 am
  • Here I am again! Visited & commented on every last charming blog in the hop – spent a lovely evening meeting your friends!
    Thanks for hosting this event – it is FAB.

    November 9, 2013 at 3:17 am
  • Cassandra duchaine

    Love this idea – and I even have a few antique spools that I can use!

    November 9, 2013 at 3:50 am
  • Really cute! What a fun ornament!

    November 9, 2013 at 4:44 am
  • jengd

    That’s stinkin’ cute!

    November 9, 2013 at 5:43 am
  • justasiam

    Beautiful ornament!

    November 9, 2013 at 7:01 am
  • How cute is that! Love it. Will have to go through my sewing box to see if I have any nearly empty spools.

    November 9, 2013 at 7:23 am
  • Amy Jones

    Oh. this is adorable. I need some of these wood spools now. i love it.

    November 9, 2013 at 7:51 am
  • Janis in ID

    I hadn’t ever heard of a spool ornament before. Yours turned out adorable!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 9, 2013 at 8:00 am
  • This looks great, I really like the buttons and the white glitter.

    November 9, 2013 at 8:02 am
  • SammyB

    Brilliant idea, one for my list me thinks!

    November 9, 2013 at 8:07 am
  • I love this and gave some old cotton reels too

    November 9, 2013 at 8:52 am
  • Kirsty A

    ooh so pretty and sparkly

    November 9, 2013 at 9:05 am
  • Such a clever idea – love it 🙂

    November 9, 2013 at 10:12 am
  • Ooh I am impressed that I guessed this was a hanging decoration but didn’t realise it was an altered spool great tutorial thank you.

    November 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  • Meredith

    Thanks for sharing.

    November 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm
  • lilgik

    So cute, what a great idea!

    November 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  • Marilyn Tucker

    Awesome! I wish I had some wooden spools. I will decorate some plastic ones and see how they look.

    November 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm
  • Super cute

    November 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm
  • Brenda W

    This is really pretty!

    November 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm
  • Alison

    Cute idea!…it has a real vintage feel to it
    Alison xx

    November 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  • Margie

    This is adorable-pinned it to try with my kiddos!

    November 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm
  • I recently sold around 60 wooden cotton reels just like these.Hmm I’ll see what I can find to use for something similar.

    November 10, 2013 at 3:21 am
  • Oooo I have a few of these. I’m definitely referring back to this tutorial.

    November 10, 2013 at 4:45 am
  • Kelly B

    Fantastic!!! I have dozens of old wooden spools that used to belong to my grandma. I will make these out of them and give them to my mom and each of her sisters. Great idea, thank you!!!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:55 am
  • Annie

    So pretty, love the piled-up buttons 🙂

    November 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm
  • Dawn

    I have a collection of spools that would be perfect for this project. Thanks!

    November 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm
  • Miriam Prantner

    This is so cute and so easy! You’ve got my wheels turning….would be a great project to do with kids and scraps. I’m going to have to start looking for spools!

    November 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm
  • Lisa H

    so pretty. when I think of all the wooden cotton spools we had when I was little and we would either throw them out or make those finger knitting things out of them – that make a tube of knitting? whatever they are called 🙂

    November 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  • i really really love this idea. My mum has lots of these spools so I can see myself nabbing them!!

    November 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm
  • Linda

    Super cute, Jennifer! Thanks for the shout out. 🙂

    November 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm
  • How cute are these?! I’ve Pinned this one too because its fab.

    November 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm

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