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How to make Vintage cardboard thread spools that look wooden, 4 different ways. Cover them withpaper, paint or decorate them for craft projects. These handy thread spools can be used to tidy ribbon or thread or to organize and store offcuts. You can aslo make some for an altered project or theme, in the exact size needed.

I saw some small wooden cotton reels on etsy for $30.00 for 20! At least with these you can make them any size you want and as many as you want, using your offcuts for free!  

Thread spools are perfect for embellishments

Make miniature cotton reels, heck, even make a half a one so that it can be glued onto a card.

Check it out, even it you don’t make one it’s fun to watch.

Measurements for thread spools, number indicates which thread spool was made on during my video tutorial in order from one to four.

Thread Spool number 1

  • circle punch 1/14″ for the top and bottom
  • centre post 2″ long 
  • centre post diameter 1/2″ to 3/4″ (or to preference)

Thread Spool number 2

  • circle punch 3/4″ for the top and bottom
  • centre post 1 1/4″ long (can be plastic or cardboard)
  • centre post diameter 6/16″ (or to preference)

Thread Spool number 3

  • circle punch 3/4″ (cut in half) for the top and bottom
  • centre post 1″ long (can be plastic or cardboard)
  • centre post diameter 6/16″ (or to preference)

Thread Spool number 4

  • circle punch 1″ (cut in half) for the top and bottom
  • centre post 1″ long rolled up magazine pages
  • centre post diameter approx 3/4″ (or to preference)

Thread Spools

I think you will enjoy making these little faux thread spools because they are so usefull when your done as well as they look fantastic. be sure and leave me a comment and tag me when you make some. I’d love to see your version and style and what you use them for, thanks for dropping by Donna, creater at Art Craft Crazy.