Mod Christmas Trees from Upcycled Serger Thread Cones

Mod Christmas Trees from Upcycled Serger Thread Cones

If you live in or have traveled to the Carolinas, then you may know that this area has a long history in textiles. The mills still dot the landscape, with one in nearly every town- some are dilapidated, some just empty, some of have been converted into new commercial/residential use, and then there are still a few that operate to this day! So it should come as no surprise that relics of that industrial textile mill history (such as these old serger thread cones) can be found in nearly every antique store (and sometimes thrift shops!) in the region.

Vintage serger thread cones from industrial textile mill to be repurposed into Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods /

I find these EVERYWHERE!

I’ve wanted to repurpose/upcycle some of these vintage thread cones for a long time, but I needed a good idea first. Finally, as I seemed to gravitate towards green and red cones, I knew what I wanted to do. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

This is the selection I ended up with, varying in shade and hue- but with a definite Christmas theme.

Vintage serger thread cones from industrial textile mill to be repurposed into Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods /

Lots of potential…just need a quick sprucing up.

One is obviously not thread, but I couldn’t resist the deep scarlet yarn. But my main goal was to collect various sizes in reds and greens AND find cones that were constructed of cardboard/paperboard. I admittedly bypassed the plastic cones, even if the thread color was Christmas-y. Anyway, once I had assembled my cones, I needed to clean them up a bit…unraveling loose threads, removing tape, and snipping off ends.

Vintage serger cone thread from industrial textile mill to be repurposed into Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods /

After a little haircut here and there…

Decorating my serger cone Christmas trees would be simple- sequins to the rescue! But after looking at the sequin options at craft stores (blegh!), I realized that vintage sequins would be far superior. Plenty of shape and color options, and well, you know me- I’d rather use vintage/secondhand goods over new goods ANYDAY!

Vintage sequins to use as ornaments on industrial textile serger cone thread Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods /

A bounty of sparkly goodness.

Using quick-dry craft glue (which worked perfectly), I simply started decorating the cones with sequins.

Vintage industrial textile serger cone thread repurposed as Christmas trees using sequins as ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let the tree trimming begin!

And let me tell you, this is kind of an addictive craft. I forgot how much fun (and gorgeous) sequins are. Though I do also recommend using craft tweezers/forceps with the daintier sequins- just don’t use your good tweezers!

Upcycling vintage serger thread cones into mod boho Christmas tree decor for holiday decorating by Sadie Seasongoods /

How pretty are those!?

Upcycling vintage serger thread cones into mod boho Christmas tree decor for holiday decorating by Sadie Seasongoods /

I can’t stop making them!

And the full group together- each one is different, thanks to my gazillions of vintage sequins!

Creating Mod Christmas tree decor using repurposed serger thread cones in green and red by Sadie Seasongoods /

Mod and cheery!

So much fun…ridiculously easy to make…and I seriously adore how these serger cone trees look! A fun play on Christmas tree décor, with a vintage/industrial twist.

Creating Mod Christmas tree decor using repurposed serger thread cones in green and red by Sadie Seasongoods /


Looking for more festive holiday inspiration? Please check out my full collection of repurposed and upcycled Christmas project here!

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  1. Very creative use of those giant spools! Cute way to add a holiday touch to a craft room. Visiting from the Creative Exchange party.

  2. WOW! I continue to be amazed at how creative you are. These trees are so happy!!

  3. What a cool idea! Great reuse of something vintage, and celebration of the local economy. Those are quite gorgeous.

  4. Cute idea, you have a whole forest of Christmas trees.

  5. Super smart and creative idea! I simply love these for so many reasons!

  6. chris aka monkey says

    as usual your amazing brain just leaves me gobsmacked, these are adorable xx

  7. Such a clever idea Sarah!! I might have to “borrow/steal” it since I have a few rolls of serger thread too. Does the glue penetrate very far into the roll? Just asking as I’ve tried to sell them before, so if I wanted to try them again…

  8. Totally awesome suggestion for the cones of serger thread you bought for the serger that you are afraid to try out. LOL Vintage sequins are the best. A lot of the new sequins are holographic…what the heck? And sequins by the yard all seem to be flat, not the cupped ones that sparkle more. As for the best of the best, you seem to be missing the great vintage Christmas sequins shaped like doves, candles, wreaths, reindeer…would have been perfect on those trees.

  9. Love this idea Sarah and they look gorgeous. Those vintage sequins are super pretty too. I might just head on over to your ersy shop and get some 😉

  10. JaneEllen Jones says

    No matter what it is you will find creative way to make it pretty and useful. Love this idea. Hmmm, seems like I have some of those, will have to go digging.Would love to be in your head for 5 mins. any time to see what you come up with, what fun.

    Have wonderful weekend

  11. Too cute. I have some of these thread cones also! Love your stuff. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  12. These are just ridiculously cute, I’ve never seen anything like this in Charity shops here in the UK but I’ll be keeping my eyes open for them now!

  13. Lynn Fowler says

    So cute. Sold a bunch of these at auction a while back. Just went to your Etsy shop and discovered you live in Greenville. Yay for the Upstate. I live in Fountain Inn. Love all your ideas.

  14. These are so stinkin’ charming. Pinning now.

  15. These are too cool Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  16. You have so many great ideas – I love the way you see things! thanks for sharing the the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  17. These are so cute! I have a few of these around… somewhere.

  18. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    These are so cute. I would never have thought of doing this because I need to use the thread. You are lucky you find these things in the shops, I only find plastics!

  19. Cute idea! Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party.Shared.

  20. So cute! I wouldn’t have thought of using them and yet the shape is right there! Thanks for sharing!

  21. What a fun idea! And thanks for bringing this to Throwback Thursday! 🙂

  22. My grandma had tons of these at her house. I love how you re-purposed them.

  23. These are sooooo adorable. My mom has a surger and a commercial machine and has probably thrown away a ton of spools over the years.

    I found your blog through Homemade and Handcrafted Link party on Redo It Yourself blog. Come over and link up with us at Waste Not Wednesday and tell your blogger friends! We’re always looking for talented bloggers and projects to follow and feature 🙂

  24. Just wow. Truly amazing crafting work for christmas home decor. Trees are looking stunning.. 😀

  25. What a lovely way to add some sweet Christmas sparkles to your craft room!! So very cute and clever!!!

  26. So smart and cleaver! I would have never thought of this. I just love this for a mantel or even in the bathroom.

  27. These are too cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  28. These are so cute and so colorful and fun! I live in Central NC and I grew up near a mill town.

  29. Sarah – we LOVE LOVE LOVE this project! Having both been raised in the south we have definitely seen our share of these spools – and have quite a few in our own collections! thank you for sharing a new-to-us way of using them!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Y’all…we HAVE to get together someday after the holiday madness! I’m in Greenville, SC…just a couple of hours up 85 from the ATL. 🙂 We could meet in Braselton sometime!!

  30. What??? Those are too cool! Love that you used vintage doodads one them too!


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