as a photo display.
I found this idea here with the wooden spools, but I thought why not take it one step further and cover the spools with pattern paper. . .
See how you just slip a photo into the slit and voila!
I have a large old jar full of spools on display on my fireplace hearth. (As my eleven year old likes to point out, I do love old stuff!)
All I did was create a slit in the side using a miter saw-
The spool holds a photo beautifully.
Then I covered this spool with a piece of map.
This one is covered with part of an old book page.
And this one is covered with sheet music.
Notice how I have it holding a gift card. What a great gift idea- once the gift card is removed, the spool becomes a photo holder!
I made a bunch of these last Christmas for work and church gifts. If you plan to do this, I suggest you plan to do the sawing over several nights as my hands got pretty tired after sawing several spools.
While I was making these, it dawned on me that with a piece of handwriting paper, the spool then becomes school-themed which means it would make a great teacher appreciation gift!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.