One of My Favorite Things. . .Spoolies

Ever since I first discovered spoolies last Spring they have been one of my favorite things to create!

I found them when I joined an Easter swap hosted by Sandy at 521 Lake Street.  My partner sent me the sweetest spoolie!

I especially love when I am able to use vintage items.

The old wooden spools once belonged to my sweet mother.  She was an incredible seamstress and enjoyed sewing dresses for us girls.


When it comes to spoolies it’s all about the details.  I used old Valentine cards that I have had for a long time and pulled from my stash of goodies.

This spoolie reminded me of a fairy in a garden so I placed her upon a bed of moss.  Tiny gems are sprinkled throughout.  A butterfly has landed on a sparkly white blossom and a bird is trying to see what that shiny thing on the ground is.  I added touches of glitter to her and a fan that I made from music note paper.  A heart I made from wire peeks out from the aqua trim that reminded me of a fairies skirt.


This spool is one that I bought last year with sparkly tinsel on it.  I used it all up for Christmas so I decided to turn the empty spool into a large spoolie.  I covered it with aqua dotty paper and then added crochet lace and a strip of sheet music. I placed pearls on each point of the lace and glittered the base. This little Victorian beauty was already glittery.  I just added a paper heart doily behind her.  In front is a large gem that I had cut off an old pair of house slippers.  Save those treasures!  A heart paper clip and a feather hi-lite the day of love!  A small doily on top with a bit of reindeer moss.



The Queen of diamonds is sharing a little love.  The spool is covered with bakers twine and a strip of pink crochet lace. I added a beautiful white flower and a key. I topped it with pink crinkle paper and  a tiny dried rose bud.  I have had these rosebuds for years.  I cut them off of a mini rose bush and hung them to dry.  They have held up excellently!



I added glitter to her gown and to a purchased rosette.  Thrift found letters are offering hugs and kisses (X O).  The spool is covered in sheet music and I made a tiny heart from a pipe cleaner.  The pearl brad was salvaged from a wedding invitation.  The top is covered with a pink Christmas light reflector.  I tucked crinkled strips of sheet music and three rosebuds inside it.  A little chalkboard flag celebrates the ‘big day’.


This tiny spoolie has another purchased rosette.  She stands atop a pink paper flower.  I added a sparkly heart to her out stretched arm.  Her sentiments say “Thinking of you”.

Sorry that some of the close ups are a bit blurry.  I’ve tried three times. Not sure what I am doing with this new camera. lol!

Not only are spoolies fun to look at, but ever so fun to create!


If you’ve never made a spoolie, try it!  Lots of fun.



p.s. This post was featured at Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks.  Thanks Suzanne!

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Pamela Gordon said...

Jann, these are so sweet. A lot of work with so much detail but I really like them. A great idea to use the old spools, cards and bits of things. You've been having fun!

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

So adorable. I have never seen these before. What a perfect touch to add to your home for V-day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jann! Oh, these are so precious! When you said 'spoolies' I thought of when I was a little girl and they made a rubber spool looking thing to use to curl your hair! Memories.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Jann, these are great! Sue @ It's A Very Cherry World is hosting a Valentine Spoolie Swap. You should check it out.

NanaDiana said...

I have a whole bunch of spools. I bet this is something my crafty granddaughter would like to do. Wha a fun project! The ones here are beautiful. xo Diana

Gina said...

Your spoolies are fantastic! So pretty!

The Old Parsonage said...

Oh how darling - never heard of them before. Love all the vintage-y goodness.


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

How sweet! I've never done any collage art (if that's what it's called) but I've seen so many things I'd like to try. Your spoolies are a work of art!

Unknown said...

I've never heard of a spoolie before! This looks like great fun. Thanks for the education, Jann. I may have to make my first one this year!

Jill said...

Your spoolies are just sweet! I made a couple last year for the Easter swap, but they weren't that detailed, it was fun to do though!

Kris said...

Those are adorable!
xo Kris

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

They are beautiful. I have never heard of them, guess I should get with the program.

Shirley Hatfield said...

Thanks, Jann, for posting about the spoolie swap...I would have totally missed it. I tend to go out of town just when swaps are! Yours are to die for! I will look to you for a bit of inspiration.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow..they are beautiful….and I have always loved vintage Valentine cards…but must say I am not familiar with spoolies…they ware wonderful!!

Maureen Wyatt said...

What are the odds that I'd read two blogs in a row that inspired me to decorate my wooden spools? They are gorgeous and I'm digging mine out to dress up. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Oh Jann these are gorgeous! I just love them and see we do love the same things...I have some of those reflectors too.
hugs, Lynnie

Creations By Cindy said...

How pretty! WOW! I have never thought about decorating with wooden spools!!!! I am be on something now! Thanks again! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Jann, I never saw anything like this before and they are all beautiful and will look so nice for Valentine's Day! Happy Crafting.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Those are adorable. I never heard of spoolies before!

Tea in the Library said...

Loved being part of the Spoolie swap last year. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this year. Yours are marvy!

Marti McClure said...

What a beautiful collection of spoolies! I love them too! I had a blast making Halloween spoolies this year. Happy Pink Saturday, Marti

Jennelise said...

I have never heard of these before! They are so whimsical! I love them!

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Oh my these are lovely and I have some of the same Valentine's Day cards in my collection of cards. Thank you so much for sharing. I might have to make myself some spoolies!!! Hugs, Beverly