Turning a Spool into a Pin

Here’s another gift idea using spools.

Turning a wooden spool into a pin is fairly simple, but I want to share two things I learned making this one.

First, wrapping a small rubber band around the base of the flower helped it to stick down into the hole at the top of the spool. This allowed more flower to come in contact with the glue and get a better hold.

Second, it took a strong glue.  I like Dura-Tac but you could use any strong commercial strength adhesive.

Put some glue in the center of the flower and then stick the straight-pin through the flower.  Apply glue all around the top of the spool, letting some run down into the hole as well. Insert the base of the flower into the hole of the spool and give it several minutes to dry.

It looks pretty with just the flower.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have a bulletin board full of different colored spool pins with flowers on top?

I went ahead and dolled this one up some more by wrapping some pink cheesecloth around it.  When our strawberry jelly is almost gone, I’ll wad up some cheesecloth and stick it down into the jar, pour a little warm water in it and let it sit. It turns this lovely shade of pastel pink.

Then I glued a silver button and another small piece of cheesecloth on top.  The button was missing its loop underneath, so it fit flat.

Then I found a little discarded silver charm from a broken necklace.

I got my black StazOn ink and a Stampin’ Up rubber stamp.

I only inked the word ‘joy’…

And stamped it onto the metal charm.

I tied the charm onto the spool around the base of the flower.


Now the push-pin is as pretty as can be and ready to pin a special photo.

Here’s one of my favorite photos of little Knoxer around 8 months, photo by Jessie Louise Photography.

I hope you’re having a blessed week preparing for your Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanks for stopping by!


More Wooden Spool Toys


These little spool toys are so much fun to make!

And they are much easier now that I bought my first power tool–a Dremmel, along with an EZ544 cutting blade….zip!, right through the spool!

Just like the first one I made, I used copyright free clip-art images to make match-up toys, stringing wire through the halves and looping through beads at both ends.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Weather man says some cooler air is on the way!



Vintage Wooden Spool Toy

I have a dozen or so of these old spools that belonged to my mother, so I went through them and tried to find one in good shape to alter.  I wanted to turn one into a little match-up toy.

I apologize for not having all the process photos for this one..I worked on it really late at night and the photos wouldn’t have been that great.
It was fairly simple…I had some little clip art images of Victorian children. I picked 4, colored them with pencils and cut them out.

I removed all the thread on the spool and cut it in half (with a lot of help from the Mr.) and then sanded the rough edges.

I cut and adhered some pink papers for the background and then cut the children in half (oh my!!lol)

Then I glued them along the edges. The top and bottom of the spool were covered with some parchment paper stamped in script.

Taking some sturdy wire, I threaded it through both halves, down through a pink pearl bead,and then back up through two more beads at the top, wrapping the end of the wire down and around under the bead.

I took some white string and wrapped it around the top and bottom of the spool, gluing it into place with some craft glue.

My daughter loves this. As simple as it is, there’s just something about it that makes you want to pick it up and spin the spool, matching up the little figures.

And I don’t think it’s too early to say that these would make sweet stocking stuffers!