14 Days of Love- Sweet Vintage Spool Necklaces

Hello! Welcome to day nine of my 14 Days of Love special! Today I have a sweet jewelry diy for you all, vintage thread spool necklaces. These little necklaces are simple to make and are really sweet. You can find vintage thread spools on Ebay and Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. They come in various sizes. I would categorize these as medium. They are about an inch and a half long. You can find a lot of vintage charms and beads on Etsy too. These are pretty fast to make as well. You could make a whole batch of them in an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Wooden Spools

*Scrapbook paper, wallpaper scraps, etc…



*Charms, beads, etc (optional)


*Jump rings, eye pins, headpins…

*Jewelry Pliers

*Modge Podge


The first thing you will need to do is decoupage the spools. Cut a strip of paper a little smaller than the middle part of the spool. Glue the paper down to the spool with the modge podge. Then paint a layer of modge podge onto the top of the paper. I used the matte modge podge. Once your modge podge dries you are ready to make the spool into a pendant. Start with a long strip of wire. Make a tiny loop at the half way point and wrap one end at the top of the loop a few times. Thread your button face down onto the two ends of wire and pull it all the way down to the loop. Now twist the wire to secure the button taught and insert the wire through the hole in the spool. Now thread the top button face up onto the wires. Pull the button down the wire to the top of the spool. Twist one wire around the other at the base once or twice. Trim this piece down and stuff the end into the top of the spool back through the button. Now loop your other wire and wrap around the loop several times and end wrapping at the top of the button. Snip excess wire off and press wire down so it is not jagged or sticking up anywhere at the end. Thread beads onto an eye pin, snip the wire and make a loop. Attach the dangle and any charms you may like onto the bottom loop of the spool. Now add your pendant to a chain. I used a dainty ball chain. I then tied a little piece of ribbon around the top of each spool pendant where the top loop is. Snip the ends of your ribbon and you are ready to wear.

I think these little spool necklaces turned out so sweet! I love the vintage charm they have! These are great because they are so customizable to your style. You can easily change up the look by the type of paper and the charms and embellishment you use. These would make great gifts too, or a great craft for girl’s night!  So go ahead and make a bunch for all your favorite gals this Valentine’s Day! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more sweet Valentine projects! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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40 Responses

  1. These are adorable!

  2. These are darling! I definitely want to make some and thank you for the great tutorial. Have a great day!

  3. I love them! And the tutorial is excellent. Thank you for sharing.

  4. It´s so wonderful. I ♥ it!

  5. Robin G.

    These are so cute and original. I was thinking of having a vintage sewing party for my daughter’s birthday and these would be perfect for either a craft or a favor. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Shelly S.

    What a great idea and super quick gift for my quilting friends.

  7. These necklaces are adorable!

  8. Fantastic tutorial – these are gorgeous!

  9. Fabulous tutorial – these are gorgeous.

  10. awwww they are so sweet and the possiblities are endless! Love the detail of your tutorial!

  11. Deb Frank

    love the detailed tutorial..the possibilities are endless!

  12. NancyB in AZ

    I just found your site…..these are so cute. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I’m in love .Thanks

  14. Good idea!! i love it!!Thanks for tutorial!

  15. kiki57

    merci c’est genial

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  17. Gracias por compartir tantas cosas bellas, muy pero muy amable.
    Trataré de hacer algo parecido si me sale.
    Un abrazo muy fuerte a la distancia, Mabel.

  18. Linda Wright

    I want to make Christmas tree ornaments using the same idea, but with Christmas colors. Can’t wait to start.

  19. preciosa idea ♥

  20. what a great idea and I thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try this!

  21. Robyn Conners

    I <3 !!! Can't wait to give this a try!!! Thank you!

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  24. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog and archives!! These could also be marketed as adorable ceiling fan pulls, even as steam punk or vintage ornaments. You have a beautiful creative talent!

    • Thank you so much! I have made a few pulls for my mom’s house and they are fun. The cats try to get up on the bed and jump to get them, it’s really funny to watch :)

  25. Where did you get the beads?

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