Repurposed Thread Spools Garland

It’s my favourite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge.

I was really looking forward to this month’s challenge because a couple of weeks ago I finally found a small stash of thread spools.

Once I had them I thought surely something that excited me would come to mind.

Well, nothing did.

Oh, sure I had a lot of ideas, but nothing that really made my creative juices start flowing.

Until this past weekend.

John and I popped into a small thrift store that I rarely go to and I found something very cool, and an idea immediately popped into my head.

Don’t you just love it when that happens?


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On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.

If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.

I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s thread spools challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.

But first I’ll share mine with you.

How to Make a Repurposed Thread Spools Garland

Repurposed thread spool Christmas tree garland made from Puff Ball yarn

So here’s what I found at that little thrift store… some fun pink $1 puff ball yarn. I’m not a knitter so I’d never seen this kind of yarn before, but when I saw it I knew right away that I had to have it for this project.

The colorful thread spool lot that I found a couple of week ago also cost just $1, and the nut pick I already had.


lining up my thread spools to make into a garland

When making a repurposed thread spools garland with the thread still on the first thing you want to do is organize them. This way you can make sure to alternate the colors.

I’m usually a fan of winging it but for this project I decided I’d better plan ahead rather than have to correct something later instead. It would bug me if colors that were too similar were next to each other.

Because I’m using two different thread spool sizes I’m alternating one large spool with two small ones… with one small one at each end.


tulip shaped clear Christmas tree light reflectors used in thread spool garland

I needed something to hold the thread spools in place so they didn’t misbehave between the puff balls on the yarn.

So I went into my Christmas light reflector stash and found these lovely tulip-shaped clear plastic mini light reflectors. I buy all types of light reflectors when I see them because they can be used in so many ways like in my vintage jello mold and tart tin ornaments, and my vintage tin light reflectors flowers.

I forgot to take a pic before I started my project, but luckily these are the ones I had left over.


Stringing the yarn with light reflectors and thread spools

pushing puff ball yarn through Christmas tree light reflector

To start my garland I pushed the puff ball yarn through a reflector with the rounded end of the nut pick.


clear Christmas tree light reflectors threaded onto pink puff ball yarn

The light reflectors are going to cover the puff balls, but because they’re clear you’ll still see the pink coming through.


pushing puff ball yarn through thread spool for garland

With the nut pick I pushed the yarn through a small thread spool.

Both these and the light reflectors went very easily down the yarn.


clear light reflectors and thread spool on puff ball yarn garland

And then another light reflector was added, but in the opposite the direction of the first one.


pushing pink puff ball yard through pink thread spool

It was a little harder to poke the puff ball through the larger spools, but with a little care it still went through.

You only need the pick to get the first puff ball through, and then you just pull the puff balls through the thread spool as you go.


thread spool and light reflector puff ball yarn garland

Here you can see my two smaller spools and then a bigger one, with the light reflectors in between.

If I didn’t have something between the puff balls and the thread spools the thread spools would be moving around and it wouldn’t look neat and tidy.


thread spools and light reflectors puff ball yarn garland

Here’s another look.

I think the light reflectors make the puff balls look like pretty pink tulips.


threading clear light reflectors and thread spools onto puff ball yard to make a garland

I went about half way through the yarn and then started from the other end.


Finished Thread Spools Garland on Puff Ball Yarn

How to make a garland using thread spools with clear tree light reflectors on puff ball yarn 1

And here’s my repurposed thread spools garland all finished.

I made this as long as my thread spools would take me, which is about 68 inches.


Repurposed thread spools garland with clear tree light reflectors on puff ball yarn 2

Once I decided on the order of my spools it only took about an hour to put together, and because nothing has been permanently attached it can be taken apart very quickly and easily.

Don’t stress it if some of your spools aren’t covered completely with thread like my green one above. It really doesn’t matter.


Tree garland made using repurposed thread spools and clear light reflectors on puff ball yarn 2

If you have threads flying around you can just wrap your spool with scotch transparent tape, not the whitish stuff. I can’t remember what that’s called.


Repurposed thread spools garland on puff ball yarn with light reflectors 1

I tied both ends of the yarn so this garland can easily be hung on the Christmas tree, which I don’t have up yet.

The trees outside are all covered in snow, otherwise I would have taken a picture outside for sure.

We’re living in a lovely winter wonderland right now.


How to make a garland using thread spools on puff ball yarn with clear light reflectors

So if you have a large collection of thread spools and want to do something special with them this might just be the project for you. If you don’t have light reflectors like mine you could use buttons, beads, or bobbins on either side of the spools just to name a few possibilities.

It’s quick, easy, and you can still use the thread spools in the future if you want to.

After Christmas it can be hung in your sewing/craft room…maybe across a cabinet or the top of a curtain in a window.

Wherever you like really!


Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their thread spool projects.

Just click on the links below to check them out.

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How to Make a Repurposed Thread Spools Garland


Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. Great minds as they say. I made a mini garland. I love how colorful your garland is. They are fun decorating props. It is so cute.

  2. Another cute project Tuula! I never would have thought of this, but it’s adorable!

  3. So cute! I have a whole bunch of threaded spools and thanks to you I now know what to do with them other than leaving them sitting in a sewing basket! The little reflectors served you well too, I never would have thought of that! Seeing how you have so many different materials hidden away gives me hope that all the odds and ends I have hoarded over the years may some day be useful. I love to craft but have no imagination so I really appreciate yours. Keep those wonderful ideas coming!

    1. Thanks Pam! I always look to my stashes first for inspiration so there are probably a lot of possibilities in yours. I think almost everything can be repurposed into something else. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my project ideas. 🙂

  4. These just make me happy! And guess I’ve never tapped into the creative possibilities of light reflectors; got me thinking;) Can’t wait to see them in your Christmas decor!

    1. Thanks Lora! Light reflectors have been a repurposing favorite of mine for years. Long before this whole blogging thing. There are so many different kinds and so many possibilities.

  5. How cute is this thread spool garland! I have a box of old thread from over 30 years ago that I’ve hung onto for all these years. I like the way your mind works, Tuula!

  6. This is so creative. Pom pom trim has such a vintage look, especially with the colorful thread spools!
    Great idea!