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Vintage Wooden Thread Spools

Updated on February 15, 2014

Wooden Thread Spools

Remember your Grandmother's old sewing kit and did you ever wonder what she did with all the old spools? Today they are meant to be thrown away when you are finished using them because most are just made out of foam or plastic.

Way back in the day's of your Grandmother, when thread was spun on the wooden type it was made to be reused over and over again.

Women would save them for craft projects around the house, for rewinding and to keep things like ribbon kept nice and neat.

Are Wooden Thread Spools Worth Money?

The answer is yes, there is a very active market for them in the craft industry but as far as individual value they are not worth a lot.

There are lots of people who collect them or reuse them in crafts and are always looking on auction websites to find them.

They look for them mainly to reuse and sometimes school teachers will buy them for school art projects.

If you are planning to sell them on an auction site, very old wooden ones may be worth a little more then others if they are in good condition but in order to make money selling them, you will more than likely need to sell them in bulk auctions on eBay.

Craft Ideas For Vintage Wooden Sewing Spools

It is an age old tradition to make use of things we no longer need. It was and is considered wasteful to throw away things we can use in other ways. Wooden spool crafts are just a few ways we can use the ones that were once used and make them into something else.

Here are a few ideas you can use:

You can make Christmas ornaments out of them, holiday wreaths, jewelry and other decorations for the home!

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Ideas For Displaying Vintage Wooden Thread Spools?

If you can not bare to part them and you want to add to your d├ęcor then you may consider ways to display them. You could put them in glass jars or in a bottle lamp. You could also put them in a basket, a bowl or stack a few on a antique shelf.

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What Would You Do With Vintage Wooden Spools?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have about a dozen different colored thread on wooden spools framed for my daughter. They had been used by my husband's mother to make our daughter's clothes when she was young. She really treasures them framed and enjoys telling the story.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      We used them for wheels on the wooden vehicles that we made as youngsters. Also used them on the race cars that propelled the cars we raced against each other. These are just a couple I remember as there were many uses; too many to mention here. I was sad to see the thread spools used today are made of foam or plastic as you had mentioned. I'm glad to see that you had written this lens about the vintage wooden thread spools as it helped bring back some fond memories as a youngster. Thank You! Anyway, I appreciate you stopping by my lens. Have A Great Day! (^_^)

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      I remember those in my mother's sewing basket...

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      I will have to look in my mothers sewing kit :)

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I was a seamstress for many years. I wish I had kept the spools. :)

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I like looking at wooden spools or crafting something with them.

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      tssfacts 4 years ago

      As a sewer and "vintage anything" lover I would display them. I used wooden spools when I was learning to sew. I do miss them.

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      MaryMitchell 4 years ago

      I make toys for the cats - and I still have some reels of cotton on wooden spools inherited from my Mother in her old sewing box.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I like the idea of using them for crafts.

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      Pat Goltz 5 years ago

      Give them to a young child for stacking. I remember those old spools!

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Carved wooden thread spools are really cool. I do miss those old thread spools of wood.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I have seen some really cool carved wooden spools on eBay (Santa Claus). Some mothers also string spools on yarn for a toddler toy. Spools are also used as a counting tool (abacus).

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll have to look around on pinterest to see what other ideas there are for vintage wooden spools. I have a page about lamps to display things in. People could put them in those lamp bases.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Wow! I just sold 6 wooden thread spools at a garage sale last Saturday. They were some that had belonged to my mom. I got $2 for them. Darn it!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I think the spool wreathe looks like a cool idea.

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      Use them as decorations.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Keep them in a glass jar for display.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'd paint them with faces.

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      kimadagem 5 years ago

      I found a bunch of these in my mother's sewing box - most still had thread on them. Not really my kind of thing (either sewing or spool crafts :) ) so I donated them to a local thrift shop. I'm sure they found a good home.

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      LoriBeninger 5 years ago

      Mine are just on display - but you've given me some food for thought.

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      akunsquidoku 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love them and have several of them. One day I will know what I want to do with them but for now I just enjoy having them. :)

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      As kids, we used to string them in the shape of person. A big spool for the body -- a small one for the head, then two strings each strung with 2 little spools for the legs and two strings with one little one for the arms. I think we painted a face on it. I don't remember doing anything with it after that-- it was the making it that was fun.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I have a few old (now vintage, I suppose) wooden thread spools... and yes, they came from my grandmother's sewing box. I keep them around for memory's sake. :-) I hadn't thought about displaying them, but you've given me some ideas here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm going to have to keep my eye out for some vintage wood spools and come up with some ideas on how to use them, they are so much cooler than the plastic ones.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      In a clear glass bowl to enjoy.

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      What a unique lens! And what a great question...I love the wreath.