Decorating For Christmas With Stuff Around The House

October 25, 2014
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.

Easy Wooden Spool Christmas Decor
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.

Easy Wooden Spool Christmas Decor
Do you like to decorate with items around the house?

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I love this, how clever!!!

  2. Your projects turned out great! Love the tree.
    I like using things around the house that I have collected too.
    Have fun!

  3. How ingenious! Really like the spool tree and the cute little spools would be so darling anywhere. Thanks for sharing


  4. Yes.. I like to decorate with items around the house... if not for that, there'd be no decorating!

  5. Carlene, I love this. Simple but elegant.

  6. Love these ideas Carlene. I wish I still had all my spools...they'd be trees by tomorrow.

  7. Really adorable Carlene. I especially love that tree.


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