When I decorate, I love to mix together items I have purchased with items I have made. And I really love to make the items I have made look like items I have purchased! Do you see those cute vintage wooden spools in the fall vignette below? I made those four years ago for around $6 and have used them often in my decorating over the years. You can find the real deal at flea markets or online, but depending on the source expect to pay between $7-12 per spool. Or just follow my tutorial and whip up some of your own for under $10!
Wooden Spool Tutorial
You will need:
- 3 foot dowel rod
- Wooden discs (found in wood section of craft store)
- Wood glue
- Wood stain (I used Antique Walnut Minwax Polyshades.)
- Drill and 3/8 inch drill bit
- Circle stamps/marker (optional)
I bought a 3 foot dowel rod and some little wood disc thingies in the wood section of Hobby Lobby. Use your coupon to bring the price down. Then, I cut the rod with a miter saw every five inches or so.
Next, I stained all the pieces with some Antique Walnut Minwax Polyshades. I didn’t bother nailing these together and simply used Gorilla Glue to make the spools. I allowed the glue to set overnight and then came the fun part!
Using a 3/8 in drill bit, I drilled holes through the rods.
To finish off the look, I used some stamps from the craft closet, a marker, and various bits of twine, rope, and ribbon. Ta da! Vintage spools for around $6!
And here is the whole lovely autumn vignette showing off the spools back in 2010…
Just for fun, here is the same wall today in 2014!
Even Birch Lane recognizes that vintage wooden spools make for great props! Do you spot the in the picture below?
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tutorial! Feel free to pin ideas for later reference. I’ll be back soon to share more easy DIY fall decorating tutorials.