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Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Cleaning up my crafting space a bit and came across some empty thread spools. If you’re a crafter, you know that it’s hard to throw away things sometimes because that thought “I could make something with that” is always close to the top of the brain. I was recently at a crafty store which kind of pumped up my enthusiasm to “making stuff” so those empty thread spools have been saved. Here are some cute ideas for repurposing spools. If anyone has any empty spools, especially old wooden ones, that you don’t want to keep I will gladly take them. But before you decide if you want to keep them or not, have a look at these ideas: click here. As with everything else, there are tons of ideas on Pinterest-many suitable for kids to make, and not necessarily needing “vintage” spools.

Working on cut out cookies this weekend. I think I’m going to cut back on the variety of shapes so I don’t have to bring out every cutter!

The next list for prizes starts here!

Here’s today’s comment prompt: Real tree or artificial tree or no tree?

12 Comments

  1. Sylvia Siegel says:

    When I was teaching, I put four nails in the top of the spools and taught the kids how to use them to make knitted ropes. We coiled them up to make coasters for their moms. Last year, I bought ornaments made with wooden spools. They had cross-stitch Christmas designs glued around them and hung using ribbons.

  2. Janet Reilly says:

    I remember as a kid the knitting spools like Sylvia mentioned.
    Artificial tree for me, I remember the early aluminum trees.

    • LINDA HUNTER says:

      Jan, my mother in law had an aluminum tree. When she passed away, my daughter inherited it and is using it today. She loves it! My son created a rotating spotlight with the four colored bulbs, similar to the ones used with these trees.

  3. Jean Miller says:

    I have a small wooden spool as an ornament that on made in 1 st grade! We colored half red and half green! We then must have put glue on it and then dipped it in snow crystals! I still put it on tree! The snow is gone and my kids laugh at me about it! I don’t think my kids will be fighting over that one when I am gone!

  4. Annette Meyer-Grunow says:

    The tree wether real or not goes upon the 23. and stays until January 6.
    And yes, we have an aluminum tree with the turning rainbow light. My husband is a metallurgist

  5. Betty says:

    2 fake trees – one for each grand kid. They each have their own ornaments from places they traveled.
    By the way, I’ve been using wooden spools to make some very tiny pincushions.

  6. Lori Racle says:

    Don’t have spools and the baking bug has not hit yet. Doing Christmas cards this weekend!

  7. Mary says:

    We broke down and bought an artificial tree this year. It’s up, the house is decorated and the last batch of cookies is cooling on the kitchen counter.

  8. JoAnn Castiglia says:

    House is decorated. The cards are done! And I’m getting my cookie recipes together. I usually try 1-2 new ones each year. My daughter told me to keep things simple this year. But my 6 ft 2 in grandson is getting his cookie list together !!

  9. Sharon M Militello says:

    Sylvia, I remember making them when I was a kid, I’ll have to teach my great granddaughter.
    My kitchen, bathroom and hallway flooring is finally finished, we have our house back hallelujah!!!
    We’re decorated, hopefully making some cookies this week.
    I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

  10. jJackie Groszkowski says:

    I love having a real tree. One year we decided to get a tree that we could plant after Christmas. The root ball was so heavy we couldn’t get it up the stairs. We put it in the hole we had dug. It didn’t make it through the winter. Since then…..artificial..

  11. LINDA HUNTER says:

    Fifty seven years ago, while awaiting my wedding day on December 28, I needed a project. I believe I found it in a woman’s magazine such as Family Circle. I made a creche with wooden spools with thread still on them, a few sequins and some scraps of felt. I still display it all these years later. I do not know how to send a photo here, so will send a photo to Mary Ellen in case she can show it here.

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