Sunday, March 6, 2011

Vintage Spool Placecard Holder

This placecard holder is part of a larger project that I am working on. Here is a tutorial on how I created this easy project.

Supplies I used:
Wooden Spool (vintage or new)
Lace (length varies depending on the size of the spool but approximately one yard should work)
Alligator clips (mini, 1 1/4" Test Clips, available at Radio Shack)
Chopstick (pointy kind. A small stick might work as long as the end is thin enough)
Saw (or some way to trim the chopstick to length)
Various embellishments

Begin by inserting the chopstick through the spool. Keeping the point flush with one end, mark the length so that the piece will be the same length as the spool once it is trimmed. Using the saw, carefully trim the chopstick.

Next, attach the Alligator clip to the narrow end of the trimmed chopstick. I used needle-nose pliers and pinched the clip to the chopstick. I also used a bit of hot glue to tightly secure the two.

Insert the alligator clip/chopstick piece into the spool and carefully add a spot of hot glue into the top hole to center the clip and some glue into the bottom hole to secure the piece. Be careful not to let the hot glue overflow on the bottom of the spool or it will not sit flat.

Now comes the fun part. Start wrapping the lace (or other embellishment) from the bottom upwards. I used a bit of handmade lace that I found at an estate sale but you can also use ribbon. Note: If you cut handmade lace be sure to add a tiny bit of glue (I used Glossy Accents) to both of the cut ends so that they do not unravel. When you reach the top of the spool, add a spot of glue and secure the end.

To embellish my final piece I inserted a pearl-headed pin and some millinery flowers. The little card on top is from a card game I had thrifted. I liked how it mentions "a second-hand store". It is held in place by the alligator clip. There are so many ways to embellish these. I plan to share more when I complete the bigger project.

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  1. Thank you,thank you,thank you!

  2. Tatjana - You are welcome. Hope you can use this tutorial to make something fun. If you do, leave another comment with a link to your project so everyone can see.

  3. this is really cute! I've come from Met Mondays! :)

  4. supercute! came here from more the merrier monday.

  5. This is just adorable! I've been looking for wooden spools for months, stupidly expensive over here in the UK! but the lovely project has convinced me to just buy some, thanks for sharing

  6. Very sweet--love the touch of the flowers and lace! Wanted you to know you're featured on my blog today for last week's Share the Love on Wednesday Link Party! Hope you'll stop by and link up again... I'm your newest follower!

  7. Too cute ... thanks for sharing this great tutorial.

    Now I have to run off and find my vintage woodend spools!

  8. Oh this is so creative. I can already think of a lot of ways to use this. Very nice..I'm now following as I love what I see..
    Have a great Wednesday,

  9. THis is great! I love the idea of using them for placecard holders for a party.

  10. I love this idea and the vintage feel of the embellishments. This would be cute as a recipe card holder too. Love it!

  11. what a great project! love the way it came out!

  12. I love it! So simple, but so pretty. I can see so many possibilities for its use.

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  13. This is just adorable!

    I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you'll stop by.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. So sweet. Adding it to the file. With Joy, Carey

  15. Very pretty! I love it, I am always looking for new place card ideas, thank you!

    I am a new follower from Chic on a Shoestring, I would love if you could stop by

  16. This is SO sweet! Abolutely Fabulous!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  17. Really cute and fun. Thanks for the "how-to" and thanks for linking up to VIF!

  18. Such a cute idea! Love that little card you found too! Thanks for linking up!

  19. Lynda, thank you for linking up another wonderful, creative and whimsical project at Rook No. 17! I was so taken with this dainty creation that I made it a feature at this week's party!


  20. this is adorably fabulous! Such a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.


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