I have what you might call a *thing* for old wooden spools. And by thing, I mean “mild obsession”, but there are just so many crafting possibilities with them! Case in point: these cutesy, kitschy necklaces.
I originally saw a version of these necklaces on My So Called Crafty Life, where mini craft store spools became dainty charms. But I am more of a “statement” necklace kind of girl, so I used standard-sized spools from my crafting stash. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Next step: acquire amazing, gorgeous, adorable, perfectly wonderful vintage flour sack fabric from the 1930s. Thanks to Etsy, I got my fix (but gorgeous floral ribbon like this would work wonderfully, too).
My naked spools were just begging for a makeover, and who am I to say no? Craft paint to the rescue!
After I measured the width of each spool and cut out fabric strips, it was time for the Mod Podge (henceforth referred to as MP)- everyone’s favorite crafting gunk.
I coated the fabric strip with the MP on a sheet of non-stick aluminum foil. It just works perfectly and makes for simple clean up.
Then, I MP’d the spool, added my sticky fabric strip, finishing with one more coat of MP.
After all the spools were MP’d, I added a coat of MP to each end of the spool. It dries quickly on wood, so this took very little time.
Once all was done and dry, my spools were just darling- and ready to slide onto some chain!
Like most gals, I had a plethora of chain options- some new, some not. End result? 100% pure AWESOME.
I’m in love! AND I have a ton of fabric scraps left…time to think of my next project…