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Upcycled Wooden Thread Spool Art

Collections are one of those things that can grow on you…literally. Especially when like-minded friends off you bags of loot that have no sane reason to turn down. However, the only problem is when said loot spends years in your desk waiting to be made purposeful again. The time has come for me to create some upcycled wooden thread spool art from these beauties. Ready for some fun?

Vintage Wooden Thread Spools Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

Now, before you chalk me up to hoarder status, I have been using these over the years. For instance, I made use of some of these for various projects like my antique washboard cupboard. And also my daughter makes necklaces for my online shop.

Handmade Spool Necklace by Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now, however, I want to make use of dozens of them at once. So with that, we have an old school spool adventure on our hands.

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DIY TIME

This project begs the question…what to do with dozens of vintage thread spools. Well, first I debated on making a pincushion of sorts, but that didn’t feel justifiable. A few other ideas came and went, until I finally settled on creating art…a sculpture, to be exact. First, I sort each spool by size. Then, I set about to place them in a shape I felt would suit my style. ahem.

Upcycled Vintage Wooden Spool Setup } prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Do you see it forming? Okay, so maybe it take a bit more imagination. Does this look better?

Upcycled Spool Chicken Dry Fit by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I say bock-bock, friend. hee hee. Okay, so now I have my idea, but the problem is to figure out how to mount it.

NEXT STEPS

Next, enter in my scrap wood stash. I found 3 pieces that suit my upcycled wooden thread spool project. They need some sprucing up with a few layers. I begin with two coats of a gray milk paint. Also, notice I cut three boards because…yes…I have that MANY spools. ahem.

Painting Plywood Backing for Upcycled Wooden Thread Spool Art | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After the coats cure, I apply a layer of hickory gel stain as a wash to create an aged appeal.

Applying Gel Stain Wash over Paint | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As soon as the stain cures, I attach flush-mount keyhole hardware for hanging. These pieces are great for heavy pieces, or for any kind of wall hanging.

Keyhole Hardware for Flush Mount | prodigalpieces.com

Now the time has come to attach those spools. Enter in my favorite Titebond wood glue to the rescue. This stuff is the best I’ve ever used.

Gluing Wooden Spools for Art | prodigalpieces.com

Finally, after that I went back into my junk #trashure stash to add a bit of this and that to add whimsy to my creations. I tell ya, a gal/guy who has a stash (and makes use of it) is a friend of mine.

MO CHIKIN

Ya’ll meet Sir Clucks Alot. Yes, I name my creations. Why? Well, I pour my heart into them and they are a part of me.

Rise & Shine Rooster Art Created from Upcycled Spool Collection by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #art

Repurposed Thread Spool Rise & Shine Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #chicken #art #diy

Isn’t he handsome? Likewise, notice his tail feathers, wing, and comb are from an old license plate I cut up with tin snips.

Ohio License Plate Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #reclaimed

License Plate Art on Upcycled Wooden Thread Spools by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art

Likewise, here are two more creations that came about due to my surplus of spools. First, here’s my lil guy, Strut Yo Stuff.

The Coop Chicken Art from Upcycled Wooden Thread Spool Collection by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #chicken

Reclaimed Chicken Art "The Coop" by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farm #chicken #art

Second, Fluffy Butt Roo makes ya smile. He’s in the likeness of my other fluffy butt creation I upcycled HERE in this post.

 

Fluffy Butts Roost Here Upcycled Wooden Thread Spool Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #chicken #diy #home #farmhouse

Fluffy Butts Sign Side View from Upcycled Wooden Thread Spool Collection by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #rooster #diy

While each one is unique, they all have one thing in common…fun. Not only are they fun to creation, but also to share with you. Which one is your favorite? If you’d like to claim one of my guys as your own, I’m offering them and more in my online shop.

  • Vintage Farmhouse Bench in Rustic Green available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Farmhouse Bench ~ $275

Rustic Rooster Art Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #rustic #rooster #farmhouse

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Additionally, after you tell me your favorite creation, also pin and share to inspire others to get creative with their “junk” too.

Get creative and make your own art using upcycled wooden thread spool | DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fa;rmhouse #art #diy #homedecor

Up next, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! I inherited this mammoth cradle that is broken and ready for a new lease on life. Any guesses? Check it out HERE.

Broken Wooden Cradle Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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blog signatureAlso, more whimsy I’ve created like my upcycled wooden thread spool art:

DIY Mountain Wall Art with Geometric Shapes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #art #home #diy #homedecorA food grade drum can become a functional and decorative asset to your garden as a DIY rain barrel by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #garden #selfsufficient #home

Comments

  1. Kim Banko says

    These are just fantastic Larissa! Made me smile. 🙂

  2. Terri Cox says

    I love this. Every year since 1980 I have made Christmas ornaments for family and friends. Last Christmas I used old spools, painted a winter scene, and put a piece of ribbon through the hole to hang. I just love your creations.

    • Larissa says

      Ooh…I love that idea!! Wouldn’t it be awesome if they were spools from a family member? I have some of my grandmother’s. Sweet memories.

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