Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

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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42 thoughts on “Spool Ornament Tutorial (Crate Paper ‘Bundled Up’)”

  1. 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!!!

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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 🙂

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