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How To Make A Vintage Wooden Thread Spool Ornament

I have combined my favourite Christmas song lyrics with something you find in an old sewing tin to make a vintage wooden thread spool ornament.

I love rummaging through old tins full of sewing bits and pieces. As well as the gorgeous old buttons, I’m also drawn to the lovely vintage wooden thread spools.

As a child, I remember that we used to make a wind-up toy with these spools with a matchstick and an elastic band (like these here). I decided to use the wooden thread spool this time to make a Christmas ornament.

Upcycled Vintage Wooden Thread Spool Ornament For Christmas

I made the spools into cute little scroll holders. On the Christmas scrolls, I decided to print the lyrics of my family’s favourite Christmas songs;
White Christmas
Little Drummer Boy
& Let It Snow

You can print what you like on the little scrolls. Such as a “Naughty & Nice” list for Santa! Which Christmas song or message would you print onto your Christmas Scroll Ornament?

These ornaments were featured with these other adult Christmas craft ideas.

Vintage wooden thread spool ornament

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What you need to make a wooden thread spool ornament

  • Vintage wooden thread spool – If you don’t have an elderly relative’s sewing box to raid for wooden thread spools, try your local thrift/charity shop.
  • Red paint and dark wax
  • Glue, scissors or rotary cutter
vintage wooden thread spools

How to make an upcycled wooden thread spool ornament

Step 1: First, prepare your wooden thread spool. I painted a couple of mine red and then rubbed them with dark wax to add to that vintage patina.

I left one of the spools unpainted but still waxed it, as I liked the label on the end. Measure the inside of the wooden spool, as this will be the width of the Christmas scroll.

painted vintage wooden thread spools

Step 2: The next thing to do is to prepare the scroll for the wooden thread spool ornament. I chose to use the lyrics of my favourite Christmas songs. Then, print them onto the kraft paper.

Step 3: I printed my lyrics rather than handwrite them. My script handwriting skills are not great, especially when writing that small.

I used to choose a script font to print. is an excellent tool for picking fonts. Just type in a phrase or word, and the site will show you that phrase written in all the fonts loaded on your computer. Or you can choose to see the word in Google fonts.

If you choose a Google font rather than one already on your computer, it is easy to download and install that font using screenshot

I picked the Google font Calligraffiti.

Step 3: Once you have chosen your lyrics and font, paste them into a word processing package such as Word. In Word, I created a table with columns the width of the inside of the wooden spool. Then, when I pasted my lyrics into the word table, I knew they would fit the scroll.

lyrics for upcycled scroll ornament

Step 4: Print the lyrics onto the A4 Kraft paper.

Christmas lyrics printed s

Step 5: Next, cut out the strips of lyrics. Then, cut a fork into the end of the stip.

Christmas lyrics printed

Step 6: Paste the back of the kraft paper with glue and glue it around the wooden thread spool. Ensure that the forked end of the kraft paper hangs free from the end of the wooden spool.

gluing scroll onto spool
wooden threads spools scrolls

Step 7: Finally, thread the twine through the holes in the wooden spool.

threading wooden spool with twine
upcycled vintage wooden thread spool ornaments for Christmas
Vintage wooden thread spool ornament

These Christmas ornaments are a good craft idea to sell.

If you like making homemade Christmas ornaments, you should check out some of my other upcycled/repurposed ornament DIYs, including these cute wine cork Christmas figures.

Glamourous Oyster Shell Ornament

Thread Reel Map Christmas Ornament
Fun Frida Kahlo Ornament
Christmas pudding wood slice ornament

For more Christmas ornament ideas, visit

Sharon Harrison

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Those are so cute! I came across an idea several years ago using the spools and printing out the paper with a child's name and his Christmas list to Santa. The kids loved it and like to look at them and remember what they asked for years ago!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 18th of November 2021

Thank you, that also sounds like a lovely idea.

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