Somehow you’ve wound up with many empty thread spools. It doesn’t matter how; it just matters what you’re going to do with them. Throwing them away is not an option so put them to good use and make them into décor pieces, toys and more. You’ll end up with several unique, new things, all of which are really simple to make.
Use small, wooden spools to make a toy/teether for your baby. Simply thread several of them onto a piece of yarn and there you go! Babies love to rattle them and even chew on them while they’re cutting teeth. Make something similar for a cat. Tie a hole in the yarn then slide on the first spool. Tie another knot then add another spool. Continue this pattern until the rope is as long as you want it to be. The knots between the spools keep them separated plus give the cat a way to grab the rope.
Make a spool into a unique, albeit very small, flower vase. Paint the spool ends but glue a piece of decorative fabric or paper around the spool itself. Now gather a tiny bunch of fake flowers and glue them inside the hole. To hold a taller, single flower just glue two or more of the same size spool together before decorating them. Make different sizes with different themes to create a fun group of the mini flower vases.
With a piece of pipe cleaner kids can make a cute photo holder. Decorate the spool by painting it or covering it with a chosen material. Now glue a pipe cleaner into the hole so that it sticks straight up. Twist the top of the pipe cleaner into a circle, then once again. Position photos so that they are between the two circles. This makes a cute photo holder; do several different ones to make a nice grouping.
Feature a favorite magnet by using the spool as the holder. Make the above design but use a piece of wire instead of a pipe cleaner. Curl the wire above the spool to make a tight circle. Now stick a large refrigerator magnet on the circle and set it somewhere as a nick-knack.
Cluster several small spools together to make a foot stool for a dollhouse. Cut a circle of cloth and drape it over the finished stool. Tie a ribbon around the top third of the spools to create the look of a seat cushion. If you want, put a small piece of foam on top before covering it with the cloth.
Make a back massager by threading spools onto twine. Cut two long pieces of twine and lay spools out, side-by-side. Take the first piece of twine and go in through the top hole of the first spool, then out through the bottom. Now go through the bottom of the next spool and out through the top. Continue this until all the spools are on the first piece of twine. Now start at the opposite end and thread the second twine piece in the opposite manner as you did the first one, starting through the bottom of the first spool then going in through the top of the next one. Tie the ends together to make a handle. To use it, simply position it on your back, holding the handles, and running it back and forth across the painful area.
Empty spool threads, be they small or large, wooden or Styrofoam, can be used to make many different things. Check yard sales and thrift stores for spools that are empty or have little thread on them. Also check your local dollar-theme stores. Spools are fun to work with and make really unique toys, décor and more.