Antique Textile Spool Jewelry Tree

Antique Textile Spool Jewelry Tree

With a lengthy textile history, it’s no surprise that antique malls across North and South Carolina are often filled with cotton mill relics- spools, and spindles, and bobbins, and looms! They range in size, shape, condition, and price, but the question always remains:

What can I do with these??” 

While I fell in love with making spindle ornaments last Christmas, the larger spools have remained a mystery…until very recently. As luck would have it, I was invited to visit a coming-soon-to-Greenville shop where I was able to acquire some textile spools for a project I had in mind. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Antique wooden spools from industrial textile mill to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect for projects…

At about 10” tall with a nice solid base, I decided to turn these textile spools into jewelry trees! And to do so, very little work would be required.

To “prettify” them a bit, I decided to decoupage some vintage bed sheet fabric to the “axle” part of the spool (after wiping them down, of course).

Antique wooden spools bobbins from industrial textile mill to be repurposed with vintage bed sheet fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Can’t get enough repurposed vintage sheets!

Antique wooden spools bobbins from industrial textile mill to be repurposed with vintage bed sheet fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cut to size and ready to decoupage!

Mod Podge to the rescue!

Decoupaging vintage bed sheet fabric with Mod Podge to salvaged industrial textile mill spool or bobbin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love that it dries quickly!

I used three different sheets to see which one turned out the best. The color of the textile spool “axle” shows through a bit, but I actually kind of like it that way!

Decoupaging vintage bed sheet fabric with Mod Podge to salvaged industrial textile mill spool or bobbin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…which one is my favorite?

Now, to truly turn the spool into a place to hang jewelry, I just needed to add some small hooks.

Adding cup hooks to repurposed antique salvaged industrial textile mill spools by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now to finish these up!

The interesting thing about these spools is that there is a rubber (or some other material) core. To add the cup hooks, I used a drill and a small, strong bit to drill holes all along the “wheel” portion of the spool. This takes a little bit of work, but will make your life FAR easier! I highly suggest using a higher torque, lower speed setting on your drill (if you can adjust that).

Adding cup hooks to repurposed antique salvaged industrial textile mill spools by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

One hook in…lots more to go!

I ended up spacing my hooks one hook length apart across the entire top. No significant reason to do so- it was just easy to keep an even measure that way!

DIY jewelry tree for bracelets using a repurposed antique industrial textile mill spool bobbin and vintage bed sheet fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! A jewelry tree for bracelets!

And then the magic moment- hanging my jewelry! NOW, truth be told- I had envisioned using this for my shorter necklaces. But in the end, I really would rather have taller spools (which exist!) for this…so I’ll just need to make more spool necklace trees in the future!

So in the meantime, I’m using it for my clasp bracelets…which work PERFECTLY here! It almost looks like a sparkly carousel, doesn’t it?

DIY jewelry tree for bracelets using a repurposed antique industrial textile mill spool bobbin and vintage bed sheet fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love it!

It’s sturdy and won’t tip over- perfect for a jewelry tree. And now the hunt for taller spools begins!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME! DIY jewelry tree for bracelets using a repurposed antique industrial textile mill spool bobbin and vintage bed sheet fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. This is so clever! My Sister-in-law made me one of these years ago. Cute and practical.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m back again. These spools are so cool! Love em and a very creative idea. Looks lovely and useful too!

  3. What a great idea! I have spools so this is now on my to do list.

  4. These are lovely, what a fantastic idea. You could even stack them up somehow maybe for your longer necklaces. I always think once you can see your jewellery every day you are much more likely to wear and enjoy it, so this is perfect.

  5. Cute idea!

  6. These vintage spools turned out so beautiful! I like how you turned them into something new and brought them back to life!

  7. milamyk says:

    That’s a clever way to display jewelry!
    Thanks for linking up 🙂
    xx
    Mila

  8. This is so cute! Both my daughter and I said, “Cute” at the same time! I am visiting from Idea Box today.

  9. ashandcrafts says:

    Hi there! Visiting from Craft Frenzy Friday. This is really cute and I love that watch bracelet!

  10. Such a cute idea! You always come up with the best ideas for repurposing things!

  11. Jackie Bowers says:

    I think I’m a little late to the party, but I am truly LOVIN’ your jewelry trees!!! These look Soooo perfect!
    I have just now found your page (s)! And if you don’t mind… I would Really Really REALLY like to stay awhile! Because from the looks of things, you seem to have quite the knack for writing and for crafting and for some Amazingly CUTE bracelets!!! (I kinda like jewelry.) Just a bit. Okay, a whole bunch of little bits!!!
    Anyways, thank you Soooo much for the awesomeness of the jewelry tree!
    I’m going to look around a bit more.
    Jackie Bowers

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hey, Jackie- you aren’t late at all…the party goes on and on! 😉 So glad you found me…and I hope you found more fun projects. 🙂

  12. Totally cool.

  13. This is a great idea! I am working on preparing myself to start doing craft shows, and this is going on my list – it will be a neat way to display jewelry!

  14. Dropping by from Sundaes and Spaghetti # 116. Argh I don’t have a hand drill at home and now I wish I had one! The tree looks great! I have so many bracelets in a box I sometimes forget what I have

  15. This is so adorable! What a great way to breathe new life into an old thing and make it functional 🙂

  16. I am in awe, how do you think of these perfect things! 🙂 Love this , love this! I have a thing for bracelets and I absolutely need to make this ASAP! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing another amazing creation on Making Memories Mondays!
    Cathy

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much, Cathy- and the best part is that this jewelry tree showcases them so nicely, that you’ll remember the bracelets you actually have!! 🙂

  17. So cute! We love vintage anything so this is such an inspiring post ;o) Thanks for sharing and linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this week at the hop! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

  18. Friday Favorites feature this week! It’s featured on all 4 blogs! Thanks for linking up Sadie! laura

  19. Yay for Carolina antique stores. I love how pretty and colorful this turned out. Thanks for linking to Show Me Saturday. I’m featuring you tomorrow!

  20. Beautrful, but i have never seen such a spool

  21. I love it! What a brilliant idea!

  22. Here from Grandma Ideas. I do not wear any jewelry except earrings, but this is so pretty! And sparkly!

  23. Next time I’m in NC or SC I’ll have to stop by an antique store to see what I can find. This is a fabulous craft!! Thanks so much for sharing at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party.

  24. Definitely a cute idea! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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