Aren’t those miniature spools, the ones you find at craft stores, the most adorable things? They can be made into many different things, and when you buy them in packages at the store, you don’t have to do a bunch of sewing before you can use a single spool. The spools are available in a number of sizes and that makes it easy to create Christmas ornaments, pins and other tree-shaped decorations.
Whether you use large spools or small ones, Styrofoam or wooden, you can make Christmas tree décor, fashion accessories and more. Do it the easy way, and just glue the spools together, or take a little extra time and make the Christmas tree spectacular.
You’ll have no problem finding Christmas-theme fabric or scrapbook paper. Even though something with a green background looks very nice on the spools you can use most any color or design. Cut pieces of the material and wrap them around the spools. Glue the ends so that one barely overlaps the other. If you want, paint the spools before adding the fabric or paper.
To make any spool tree start by laying one spool on its side. Align two spools above it, on their sides, so that the single spool is in the middle, and directly below the two spools. Glue the two spools, side-by-side, then glue them to the single spool. The single spool will become the trunk of the Christmas tree. Glue another spool on each side of the two spools so that you have a row of four with the single trunk spool underneath it, in the middle. Add another row of three, a row of two, then a single spool on top to finish the shape of the tree.
To make an ornament, cut a length of twine, then fold it in half. Place the ends in the hole of the top spool. Squirt in a little hot glue and allow it to set. Tie a tiny ribbon and bow around the area where the twine goes into the spool.
To make a pin simply use hot glue to affix a metallic pin backing piece onto the backside of the spool tree.
To make a standing tree just use large spools. These trees will stand on their own and are great for making a centerpiece, decorating a mantle, or just adding a touch of Christmas to a bedroom.