Vintage Wooden Bobbins Repurposed as Unique Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Wooden Bobbins Repurposed as Unique Christmas Ornaments

Because Greenville, SC (where I live) was historically a town filled with textile mills, the relics of those old mills are found in every vintage shop around- thrift shops, too. And repurposing those relics is a favorite pastime- including these vintage wooden bobbins. Because they were on the smaller side, I had an idea to turn them into unique Christmas ornaments !

Vintage wooden bobbins that will be upcycled into DIY unique Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The perfect size for DIY ornies!

What do you think- will these vintage wooden bobbins transform nicely into unique Christmas ornaments? I have a sneaking suspicion that they will, so let’s find out if I’m right. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Making Unique Christmas Ornaments with Vintage Wooden Bobbins

The first step was to paint the vintage wooden bobbins with an “undercolor”- I chose shimmery gold and silver.

Painting vintage wooden bobbins in shimmery metallics to create rustic Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Excellent metallics for Christmas…

Next, I rubbed plain ole’ paraffin wax over the painted bobbins. This will help during the distressing process by allowing the top coat of paint to be rubbed or sanded off…

Using wax between coats of paint to easily distress vintage wooden bobbins that have been upcycled into unique Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Beeswax would work, too!

Once I had properly “waxed on”, I painted the vintage bobbins again in a brighter “overcolor”- a chalk paint red and turquoise blue. I absolutely love the color combo of a bright poppy red and an aqua or turquoise at Christmas time (or any time, really).

Painting vintage bobbins with chalk paint to upcycle them into unique Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Poppy red and aqua or turquoise are a fun Christmas color combo

Once my unique Christmas ornaments dried, I took a little sandpaper to each spindle and “distressed” it- definitely out of my crafting wheelhouse, but not too shabby.

I love a good punny.

Creating unique Christmas ornaments with repurposed vintage wooden bobbins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Coming along nicely!

Post-distressing, I buffed finishing wax over my unique Christmas ornaments which will preserve my paint job and protect the ornaments like a top coat.

I also I needed to add some sort of top to each ornament. And you know what? Save the ornament caps from any glass ornaments that break! You can reuse the caps in your DIY ornament craft projects. And this unique Christmas ornament project is definitely no exception!

I added some super glue in the top hole, stuck the topper in, and then propped up each vintage bobbin in an antique bottle so they could dry right-side-up.

Salvaged ornament caps from broken ornaments work perfectly for DIY Christmas ornament craft projects by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A place for the ornament cap…

Making unique Christmas ornaments using repurposed vintage bobbins and salvaged ornament caps by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An unusual, but perfect, glue-drying station…

Once everything dried, I had three delightfully unique Christmas ornaments from my vintage wooden bobbins!! Perfectly shabby, perfectly repurposed.

Making unique Christmas ornaments with repurposed vintage bobbins or spindles and reclaimed ornament caps by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love them!

They look even better hanging on the tree- like festive icicles!

How to upcycle vintage wooden bobbins into unique Christmas ornaments with paint, wax, and old ornament caps salvaged from broken ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

What a fun craft project this was!

I’ve had fun turning these vintage wooden bobbins into unique Christmas ornaments- but small spindles or wooden finials would work as well. In fact, there are probably endless possibilities for creating rustic Christmas ornaments from upcycled, unexpected vintage elements like these!

Please check out my full collection of upcycled Christmas projects for even more festive inspiration!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. charmingimperfect says:

    Sarah, these are adorable! I love chalk paint, although, I’ve never used it crafting. 🙂 Found you on the Your Turn to Shine link up.

  2. what a cool idea! The local scrap exchange has some of these and similar, I wondered what they were for!

  3. I love these cute vintage spindle ornaments!! My grandma has a few ornaments from when she was a little girl and these kind of remind me of them. Thanks for sharing at Your Turn To Shine!!

  4. What a clever idea. I have a couple of these smaller ones so maybe they too will become ornaments.
    thanks for the idea,
    Bev

  5. This is such a great idea! Thanks for linking up to the Home Matters Linky.
    ~Bonnie

  6. Oh my goodness, how adorable! I love them!

    Tania

  7. Hopping over from Prodigal Pieces…LOVE these ornaments! Be blessed!

  8. These are great ornaments!

  9. That is an awesome idea! How great they were featured in a magazine too! I’d love to find some vintage spindles. I love chalk paint. There is still time to enter to win a whole selection of paints & stencil supplies on the blog! Pop by if you want. Thanks for sharing your project! & hope to see you again soon. Theresa @DearCreatives

  10. distresseddonna says:

    Congratulations for being published. Since I live just down the road a piece, I find tons of the spindles. This is a lovely idea – of course I love the distressing! Thanks for sharing it at Make It Monday.

  11. Stinkin’ perfect repurpose, Sarah! I love them and am featuring your spindles tonight at the “What’s YOUR Prodigal Piece?” link party. :o)

  12. Love this!

  13. Norma Miller says:

    Where can I get the spindles and the things you put in the center for hanging or I guess we could just drill a hole in the top to hang would make good gifts for next year great idea

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