A few months ago, I picked up a bag of vintage wood thread spools at a local vintage store. The bag was filled with all different sizes and some of them still had labels on them. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with them – I just knew they had to come home with me. 🙂
I got the spools out recently to play and I remembered these mini bottle brush trees that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year from my local craft store. They are the perfect size to make Tiny Bottle Brush Christmas Trees on Vintage Wood Spools!
Here is how everything looked before I started my project. I love that some of the spools have labels printed right on the wood and others still have the paper labels on them.
The first thing I did was to sponge brown ink onto the spools to give them more of a distressed look – I left the paper labels on and sponged them, too. I also sponged the bases of the trees. I used Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink with a sponge dauber to apply the ink.
Then I cut strips of printed scrapbook paper to fit around each spool with the ends slightly overlapping. I also sponged the papers with the brown ink to give it a more vintage feel. After that, I simply wrapped the paper around the spool, glueing the ends securely. (I love this Crafter’s Pick – The Ultimate! glue) I glued the trees to the tops of the spools and then added a button to finish them off using the same glue.
I absolutely love the way they turned out!!! They are so cute and so tiny and look adorable all grouped together. 🌲
If you don’t have any vintage wood spools – no worries! You can find wood spools at your local craft store that will work just fine to make these. You can also find the bottle brush trees in the Christmas decor or Christmas craft area of your local store. I think this would be such a fun craft to make with the kids for a cute little teacher’s gift!