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How To Repurpose Vintage Wooden Spools DIY

Have you ever found a Vintage Wooden Spool while thrifting? I found several at a yard sale, and you have to see this repurposed wood spool DIY idea I made for Christmas.

I knew immediately that a vintage wooden spool would make a great tassel, and these were so unique I bought the entire box.

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Is a Vintage Wooden Spool Valuable?

If you see old wooden spools for cheap, you may want to grab them.

I found a whole box with approx. 18 spools for $5.00, and upon checking online, I realized I got a great deal.

I saw these similar ones for $25.00.

Vintage Wooden Spools to make tassels for Christmas

What Are Some Repurposed Wooden Spools Ideas

I’ve seen many items made with vintage wooden spools, including Christmas Decorations. Here are a few cute ideas I found.

  • Thread Spool Photo Holder
  • Wooden Spool Scroll Ornament
  • Spool Necklace
  • Spool Garlands
  • Add mini bottle brush trees to spools
  • Door Knobs or Drawer Pulls

In fact, one of my antique doors came equipped with a Vintage Wooden Spool door knob.

Old door with wooden spool as door knob.

Thrifting with the Gals

Welcome to our monthly series, “Thrifting with the Gals.” The thrifting gals all live in different areas of the country, but we all share a love for vintage, repurposed, and thrifted decor.

We love to bring tips, ideas, and inspiration for using your thrifted and vintage decor in your home each month.

If you are joining me from Kristin at White Arrow Home, welcome. I know you love Kristin’s vintage style. Be sure to link to all the other gals at the end of this post.

Repurposed Vintage Wooden Spool DIY

I decided to use several of my yard sale wooden spools to make tassels for the holidays. To keep the thread on the spools, I added a dab of fabric glue to the end of the loose thread and attached it to the spool.

In addition to the spools, I purchased some 100% cotton gauze fabric to make the tassels.

Vintage Wooden Spools and white gauze fabric for Repurposed Wood Spool DIY Tassels.

I also had some wooden beads that were left over from another project. Since I planned to use these tassels for Christmas, I gave them a quick coat of gold spray paint.

Spray paint wooden beads with gold paint.

Prepare the Tassels

To prepare the tassels for the repurposed wooden spools, begin by cutting the fabric into strips approx—1/2 wide.

Then cut each strip into four equal parts.

Lay 16 strips of white gauze fabric randomly on the table, so the pieces are not stuck together.

Cut a length of the jute twine, approx. 20-25 inches long.

Then use the jute twine to tie the pieces of gauze together at the center to form a tassel.

Fluff the fabric for a full tassel.

make a tassel with white gauze fabric strips.

Assemble Wooden Spool Tassel

Next, you are ready to assemble the wooden spool tassel.

Begin by wrapping the two ends of the jute twine with a small piece of painter’s tape. This will allow you to thread the twine through the spool’s hole and the wooden beads.

Next, add the wooden beads to the jute twine and tie a knot to secure the position. Tie the ends of the string to the desired length for the vintage tassel.

DIY Christmas Tassels

I love how the tassels look grouped together. However, they will also look good individually.

vintage wooden spool DIY Tassels - repurposed yard sale find.

Notice the two smaller tassels? They are made using a couple of small wood thread spools I had previously found. They were missing the thread but still make cute tassels.

I believe I’ll be using these tassels to decorate year-round.

Repurposed Wood Spool DIY Tassels for holiday decorating and Christmas Decor.

See Video Tutorial

For the Holidays, the Repurposed Wood Spool DIY will most likely be grouped together on the barn door.

Repurposed Wood Spool DIY Project and easy tutorial for a Christmas Garland and holiday decor.

Here are a few other Christmas Garland Tutorials.

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Thanks so much for joining me today, and don’t forget to hop over to Ann at Dabbling and Decorating. Ann is a vintage, thrift store enthusiast and you don’t want to miss her tips.

Be sure to click on each link below for more vintage inspiration.

Ann – Antique Christmas Decor to Look For / Robyn – 17 Thrifted Christmas Decor to Shop for this year

Kristin – Vintage Christmas Must Haves / Rachel – Repurposed Yard Sale Find for Christmas

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How To repurpose Vintage Wooden Spools to make Tassels for Christmas

Di M.

Tuesday 17th of January 2023

Oh my goodness, such a cute idea. I do like the thread still on them. So festive and cheerful. Thank you for sharing this. I will now be on the look out for these shaped spools. I have a lot of the smaller spools. Have a great day.


Tuesday 17th of January 2023

Oh I'm so glad you like this project. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday 5th of December 2022

I'm going to share this in a post tomorrow Rachel, super cute!


Monday 5th of December 2022

Ann, I appreciate this.

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Sunday 20th of November 2022

[…] a super cute idea from Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse!!! Look at these DIY Vintage Wooden Spool Ornaments. I’ll be keeping my eye out for wooden spools at the antique […]


Sunday 20th of November 2022

Thanks so much.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 19th of November 2022

What a sweet idea Rachel. I love your creativity.


Sunday 20th of November 2022

Kim, I really appreciate this.


Thursday 17th of November 2022

I love this idea! It's super cute. Hugs to you.


Sunday 20th of November 2022

Renae, I really appreciate this.