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Wooden Spool Ornaments

By: Dena Lenham for Kreinik

Quilters and sewers will love these homemade Christmas ornaments. Bursting with vintage charm, Wooden Spool Ornaments can be easily and quickly made in batches for a sewing club, nursing home, or holiday bazaar. If you've ever wondered how to make homemade Christmas ornaments, now is the time to learn. Gather your used spools and reuse them for this ornament - no need to spend money on expensive supplies. Add fun embellishments and be sure to personalize your piece so it jumps off of your tree during the holiday season. You won't regret the time and effort.



  • Bag of large wooden spools (available in wood aisle of craft store)
  • Fabric scraps trimmed to width of spool
  • Red and green satin ribbon (we used 1/4" wide ribbon)
  • Glue

For beaded ornaments:

  • Treasure Tape 1" roll (if using spools with 1" wide design area)
  • Treasure Tape 1/8" roll
  • Diamond Beadlets
  • Kreinik #12 Braid in 015, 003, 002
  • Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon in 008, 002, 032
  • Shallow pan or tray

For iron-on ornaments:

  • Kreinik Iron-on 1/8" Ribbon in Pearl and in Red
  • Kreinik Iron-on #16 Braid in Pearl
  • Kreinik Teflon Press Cloth
  • Mini iron


Instructions for iron-on ornaments:

  1. Turn your iron onto the highest heat setting and let it heat thoroughly.
  2. Using double-sided Treasure Tape or your favorite glue, attach fabric scraps to the spool.
  3. Begin thread decorating by laying one end of your Iron-on Braid or Ribbon on the fabric-covered spool. Cover with the Teflon Press cloth and press with your hot iron for several seconds until the thread adheres. Continue this way, working your design in sections. We used the braid and ribbon to write the word "Joy" but you can create your own design too.
  4. Attach the satin ribbon as a hanger either by knotting the ends and slipping it through the spool's hole, or by gluing the ends inside the spool's hole.

Instructions for beaded ornaments:

  1. Using double-sided Treasure Tape or your favorite glue, attach fabric scraps to the spool.
  2. Lay strips of the thin Treasure Tape roll on the spool. Remove the red liner to expose the top sticky area.
  3. Begin thread decorating by laying the Kreinik ribbon in your desired pattern. Fill in with the Kreinik braid as desired.
  4. When thread decorating is complete, lay your spool in a shallow pan and cover remaining sticky areas with Diamond Beadlets.
  5. Attach the satin ribbon as a hanger either by knotting the ends and slipping it through the spool's hole, or by gluing the ends inside the spool's hole.
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Hi there, I have re-added an image for this project. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

These are adorable. I recently made some wide some mini spools I found. I made them to look like real spools of thread. I even crafted a needle out of a toothpick! Why I just don't use acutal spools of threads & needles only another mignight crafter will understand!!! Here's the url with a photo of my spools!

The spools are Adorable! All of your projects are just wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing, and adding to our inspiration! You are very much appreciated!

I have a lot of OLD wooden spools! Will make ornaments for my kids, their kids great grand kids for Christmas.

Yes, tons of spools also. I thought of this idea last year when I came across the bag of spools so am happy to see that you have addes it; however, where is the ADD IT to click on...I wanted to save this and you tell me to "click on ADD IT" to put in my Craft projects....please let me know who to do this. There is no "ADD IT" on this page.

there's a button at the top that says "SAVE" or "SAVE PROJECT" above the "facebook" button. click that

I have tons of old spools and have been looking for some use for them. Anxious to try this - have lots of ideas and grandkids who are always wanting something to do.


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