Wednesday, September 19, 2018

DIY Giant Thread Spool Canister: The Perfect Craft Room Decor!


Looking for a cute accent for your craft space?  Extra storage that is fun & functional? Make a handy Giant Thread Spool Storage Canister!  

I came up with this project as a party decoration for the Sewing Themed Birthday Party I put together for my daughter:


A giant faux spool of thread (aka cotton reel for my UK friends) was a super cute table accent: 


Not only was it the perfect table decoration, but it's become totally practical after the party, thanks to its great hidden storage for small notions and accessories:


Now let's make one the easy way!


Materials:
- Yarn
- 2 wood circles (beveled edge is ideal)
- Cardboard canisters - mine were nesting
- Tacky glue, hot glue

I got all my supplies at the local big box craft store, so easy to find.  I gathered my yarn, wood circles and cardboard can to get started:


I totally lucked out and found a skein of yarn in the exact shade of pink that matched our other party decorations (and my craft room for its later residence) in the clearance bin:


For the canister I used the largest of the nesting 3 container set, but the lid from the middle size so the top edge of my finished container would fit into it to stay on.  If you don't have a smaller top to use, you could probably roll a strip of cardboard into a circle slightly smaller than the base or use a lid from something else.  



I started by giving the entire canister a good coat of tacky glue using a foam brush.


I put a dab of hot glue at the edge to tack down the start of my yarn and then began winding it around the canister in a single row, fairly close together:


It was ok there were some small gaps in this layer since another layer was going over it.



I wound a second later back down, keeping it pretty taut so it would stay even:


I put another dab of hot glue to attach the tail end to the bottom edge.  Hot glue works ideally because you don't have to wait for it to set:


Then it was time to attach it to the base.  A round squiggle of hot glue on the top of one wood circle was all that was needed and then stuck the canister on it:


To do the top I did another round squiggle of glue on the other wood circle, but this time it was on the underside and put the smaller canister lid on it.  



Boom - All done and ready to fill with all those crafty supplies!




14 comments:

  1. This is SEW Cute!!! What a Fab idea for making oversized functional storage!!! TFS!!

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    1. Thanks so much - we crafters can never have enough storage, right?

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  2. I love it!!! What a cute and practical idea!

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    1. That's how I judge a successful project these days - it's got to look fun but also be useful too!

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  3. This is so clever that I have to ask... how did the original inspiration come to you?

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    1. I actually saw a similar prop decoration online, but that's all it was and there was no detail on how it was made. So I thought about what supplies I could find to make one and had the idea to make it open with a lid so it could be used.

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  4. Genius!!! Sooooooo cute ! Or should I say "Sew" cute !

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  5. This is brilliant, I love your cotton reel (and I'm so excited to hear that you know what we call them on this side of the pond!)

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    1. Thanks Julie. And I'm glad to learn the differences of all the names so I can use both.

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  6. That's totally cute! I would love to replicate this as decor for my sewing room, but I need to see if I can find the wood circles.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

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    1. You can get the wood circles at most big box craft stores - I found these at Hobby Lobby:)

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  7. What a great tutorial Cheryl, thanks so much for sharing!

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