For a long time, old spools of crochet thread were really popular, and sold well ‘as is’.
I’d put hand stamped tea stained labels on some, and just toss them in a big old bowl!
Sometimes I’d add other embellishments.
When I could find smaller spools, I’d toss them in a big glass jar; those always sold fast. The cones of thread and yarn always sold well too. I used to create entire displays of old spools of yarn and crochet thread.
THEN BAM!. . . THEY JUST STOPPED SELLING!
And I still have a pretty good stash of the crochet thread. I had to come up with something different to do with them.
I thought these crochet thread ‘mini cakes’ were a creative way to use up some of the odds and ends.
They were really fun to make.
And I thought they looked adorable on my upcycled cupcake stands! Alas, the ‘shoppers’ did not share my vision. Back to the drawing board!
I usually only buy white and cream colors, but occasionally there are some other colors mixed in with the big bagfuls at the thrift store. I used up the orange ones to make some Jack-o-lanterns a few years back.
So, a couple of years ago I came up with these guys. (Those hats are made from ‘cooked’ styrofoam coffee cups! They melt down into cute little hat shapes!) I wanted to do something a little different this year though.
I mostly only had this one size of spools, so I decided to only stack two of them this time. Here’s how I made them.
Some of these spools were fairly ‘bare’, so I put the fuller spools on the bottom. glued them together with some tacky glue.
I had seen these little ‘hat’ ornaments at Dollar Tree and decided they would look cute on my snow-dudes.
The top part of the hat is just styrofoam, and when I pulled the hanger out, it left a hole. I filled the hole with tacky glue, and waited for the glue to dry to add glitter. But all the glue dripped down into the hat and the hole was still there!
So, I stuffed some tissue paper into the hole, then more glue; then silver glitter.
Since the top spools were pretty ‘bare’, I decided to cover the spools with some vintage style mica flakes.
I just thinned down some of the cheapo Dollar Tree school glue; brushed it onto one spool at a time, and rolled it in the mica flakes. You really have to be sure your spool is really SOAKED with the glue solution because the thread absorbs it.
The mica flakes added just enough sparkle, but you can still see that they are made from spools of crochet thread. I thought about using glitter, and I suppose it would work fine; but it would probably cover the tread and hide it quite a bit.
I let them dry overnight.
I glued a round piece of cardboard to the bottom to add some stability.
I glued the hats on with tacky glue, (Oh! I added a band of black ribbon around the hats) and made them a scarf from the same ribbon. Glued on mis-matched black buttons. Made charcoal eyes and a carrot nose out of sculpey clay (baked to harden before gluing on)
Just for comparison, and to see which sells first, and because I just happened to have three spools in graduated sizes; I made one without the mica flakes.
I gave this one some little rusty bells instead of buttons, and a strip of tea stained muslin for a scarf.
And tucked one tiny rusty bell onto the hat.
Which do you like better?
These guys will be headed to Stars next week.