Using items around your house as Christmas decor is both fun and inexpensive!
Today I used this wooden spool,
And these small, wooden thread spools to make a cute little rustic, Christmas vignette.
I used green burlap ribbon and this wooden star to make a Christmas tree out of the tall spool. I first painted the star with a gold color craft paint, distressed it with sandpaper, and then brushed on some steel wool and vinegar stain.
First, I purchased two and half yards of green burlap ribbon. Then, I tied on four lengths of ribbon. I started with a pre-cut 12 1/2" ribbon on the bottom, and then just tied on the others and cut them just about a half inch shorter than the ribbon below it on each side after they were tied on. It's much easier to tie the ribbons when they are longer, so I didn't pre-cut. Next, I simply tucked one point of the star in the hole on top of the spindle.
Then for the thread spools, I pulled the paper labels off of the spools, at least most of the label. Then, I brushed on some of my vinegar and steel wool stain on each end.
I always have a jar with white vinegar and a couple of steel wool pads inside. This stain produces a gray weathered look.
When the stain on the spools was dry, I wound ribbon in reds, greens, and tans and one pom pom trim ribbon around the spools. I glued the ribbons to the spool at the beginnings and ends. Here they are displayed in a vintage canning jar.
Do you like to decorate with items around the house?