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Wooden Spools of Thread

Like most people I know... I have a ton of wooden spools of thread. They look fabulous in jars on a shelf... but sometimes you've just got to dig into that stash and make something with them! With valentines day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to use some of the wooden spools as bases to build upon.... time to make some spoolies!

I decided to use wooden spools with the thread still intact. I liked the pop of color that each one had, so I figured I could just build upon that. I added book pages from an old book from 1845 to the tops and bottoms of most of these, then I glued in place a gold Dresden medallion to each top. Lastly, out came the glitter. Red of course... If I make these again, and I probably will--- I won't add anything to the tops as it gets covered up!

I pulled out some of my vintage paper scrap cherubs... and cut apart some to use.

I glued the cherubs to flat wooden sticks to poke through the holes of the wooden spools. I've made these so that the cherubs can be pulled out of each wooden spool so that they can be stored easily....

Next, I created some pleated heart medallions to glue behind each little cherub....

I ended up making a total of seven spoolies in total....

 They were very easy to make....
 I glued the pleated hearts onto gold foil heart doilies....
 They really have a look & feel of being really old...
I may add some old lace or ribbon around the thread area on some of these....
 I used hot glue to add the vintage red velvet ribbon/lace piece onto the thread of this spool. I think I might use double sided sticky tape or even pin on the lace or ribbon on the others...
 This last one, I tried my hand at using sheet music to create the pleated heart. It is much harder to form than the card stock paper I used for the other hearts.
It feels good to be getting a head start on Valentines day:-)

11 comments:

Jocelyne said...

Hi! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I appreciate your kind words. Your blog is great. Absolutely love the Barbie house! I might have start something like this for my granddaughters. I'm following you now.

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage said...

We need a tutorial on how to make the pleated heart medallions! I know how to make circles but the hearts are awesome!

Lisa said...

Cute, cute, cute!

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: great job. I like paper medallions and heart. You are very creative. You're right that St. Valentine comes fast ... Keep in touch

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those are so cute!

Deborah said...

These are so cute. I love it when people use up those vintage supplies.

FredaB said...

These are just darling. I too would love to learn how to make the heart shape.

Hugs

FredaB

Jeanie said...

I can't tell you how much I love every single one of these -- I thought they were cute with just the tops! By the time I went through the post, I was in love. And I join the chorus of heart medallion tutorial, please!

Desires of the Heart said...

These are so pretty and look so old, guess that is why I like them so much. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Linda

vivian said...

hey Cheryl, youve been busy! I just got caught up a little bit here. I saw some cherubs on spools on pinterest, but I have to say, I like yours better! and the knobby picture holders.. great idea!
and last but not least, cant wait to see your pirate sink!
so what will you cook up today?
lol
have a great day
xoxo
viv

Robyn said...

What a totally delightful blog you have my new friend!! I adore the DREAM display of vintage jewelry and the cherubs, and ...well ALL of it! I agree on the need for instruction on the pleated hearts!! Keep on creating girl!