DIY Vintage Spool Thread Holder

It’s not a secret that I love a good thrift store find!  On the worst day of my life (maybe that’s a little dramatic, but it was bad), my sweet hubby made my day by surprising me with stopping at what has forever since been marked as the very best antique store EVER, Antique Tobacco Barn.  You can click over to that link and see all the pics, but for a quick refresher, here’s some of the fabulous treasures I walked away with on that day that quickly became one of my favorite vacation memories!

I fell in love with these wooden spools instantly and the entire lot was only $3, how could I resist!?!  Of course, when I go home I was faced with the million dollar question: What do I do with these vintage spools!?  I needed a Thread Holder, one equally cute to my fun new spools!  My solution…

…came through my sweet mother-in-law.  As if she were reading my mind, she called from a thrift store with a golf ball holder in hand.  It wasn’t quite the looker yet, but the shape was definitely right!

Removing the back of this was a total beat down.  I tried with a screw driver, with plyers…

but, to no avail UNTIL, I pulled out a Mini Pry Bar.  I have a new love for this sweet little tool.  Anything that can pull out staples in effort to scratch golf green turf fabric from my home decor is a friend of mine.

I replaced the golf green turf fabric with some drop cloth fabric that I had laying around.  That one drop cloth has stretched far: Covering a Mat in an Ugly Frame, Sewing a Super Long Table Runner….

With a little white paint and replaced fabric, I secured the backing in place with another one of my bestie tools, my staple gun.  Do you have one of these!?  I’m always amazed by how inexpensive some of the best hand tools are, the staple gun for one!

I love being able to recycle other people’s junk into my own treasures!  Anything with white paint, burlap, and that’s vintage is the perfect eye candy for this girl!  What about you…what treasures have you found lately?!  You can always find my thrifty finds and thrifty find updates here!

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  1. Love all the pretty vintage thread on the wood spools 🙂 Such a cute way to display them. Smart and crafty!!

  2. A golf-ball holder
    Of course!
    Why didn’t I think of that….???
    I have a old thread collection in the basement too, just waiting for me to think of a way to display it….
    Maybe someday I’ll come up with something as clever as this….

    hugs x

  3. Little Sis says:

    That is awesome and I am totally jealous of your mini pry bar. What a great little tool!

  4. Heidi says:

    I’m not a fan of the golf ball holder, but I’m a big fan of your makeover! Way to turn it into a treasure! Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

  5. Michelle @Thrifty 101 says:

    What a creative idea, it turned out great, and your tutorial is amazing. Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday, you’ve been featured! 🙂 Stop by and grab an “I was featured” button. Hope to see you again this week.


  6. emily says:

    truly beautiful!! Thanks for linking to the first every craft link at Tasteful Tuesdays! Hope you come back again this week and show off your stuff! Party Opens tonight at 8:30.

  7. Toodie says:

    What a perfect idea! Totally love it!

  8. Well, your spool holder may not have been a looker at first, but a what a beauty it turned out to be! Quite a head-turner {which is why I spotted you at at the Picket Fence….}!
    How pretty! The colors are so serene….

  9. Kim says:

    Love this, what a great way to repurpose something.

  10. Betsy says:

    Very cute idea! I might need to try this. I have a huge tub of old sewing supplies that my great grandmother left me. And I love that you used a golf ball holder.

  11. Amanda says:

    It looks great! I love how it turned out!!!

  12. Dayna Clark says:

    this looks amazing!!
    i would love for you to come over to live love laugh and share it with us at our linky
    hope to see you there. xx

  13. Mandy says:

    I love this idea! Just a couple weeks ago I was rummaging through a thrift store trying to find ways to store and organize my thread.
    I just popped over from Delightful Order.

  14. Your link on a bowl full of lemons caught my eye and I had to come over and check it out! This is a great idea, and I love the way the thread pops against the neutral background. Pinned it!

  15. stephanie says:

    love this idea! I love thrift store finds too!

  16. Megan says:

    Awesome! The display is just so pretty. Megan

  17. emily says:

    such a cute idea!!! Just wanted to invite you to join my Tasteful Tuesday Party. I have been hosting a recipe party (pretty successfully!!!) for over a year now, and this week we are opening up for crafts, DIY and home decor. Hope you can come by and check it out!

  18. Lina@fancy frugal life says:

    Hi! I just popped in to say I love this so much…Great idea 🙂 Have a lovely week.

    Fancy Frugal Life

  19. That is absolutely fantastic Aimee!! The colors of the thread are just gorgeous and totally pop against the holder. Well done! 🙂

  20. Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy says:

    Oh wow, a mini pry bar huh?! Yes I think I might just need one of those! What a cute find and what a cute up-cycle! 🙂 Good job friend!

  21. Emily says:

    Brilliant Idea, both of you. And I think I need a mini pry bar now. How cute is that?

  22. rose says:

    so cute and creative! I need some vintage spools now!

  23. How smart…and super thrifty! Nice job!!

  24. What fun! Great idea…MIL to the rescue! Enjoy the week ahead 🙂

  25. Brittany @ Crafty Mischief says:

    It’s gorgeous! What a transformation!

  26. Dawn says:

    simply BRILLIANT!! Love it! 🙂 so very shabby chic!

  27. Sherry says:

    What a cute and creative way to display the spools. Love it!

  28. Bethany says:

    Very cute! Great job! 🙂

  29. What a great way to repurpose that golf ball shelf…it turned out really cute (oh how I love vintage spools!). And thank you for the tip on the pry tool. I’ve been looking for something like that to remove some stubborn staples. Have a great week!

  30. Libby says:

    This is a very neat idea. Love the clean display of the spools of thread!

  31. Sherry says:

    Smart idea! thread never looked so good.

  32. Love this cabinet. i was hoping when I saw those spools on your finds post that you would display them in some way. How creative not just to stick them in a jar! (That’s what I do!)

  33. Cathy@My1929Charmer says:

    Very creative and adorable! Who other than you would of thought of a golf ball holder. So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

  34. kara says:

    What a clever idea!