Hi everyone! I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. We had a nice, relaxing time with my sweet husband’s family in Pittsburgh. We just arrived home last night, so this post will be a quickie. I created a number of bottle brush tree decorations using spools of thread this year to sell at the Shaker craft fair. I thought you might get a kick out of seeing them.
I have seen variations of these bottle-brush-trees-on-spools-of-thread Christmas decorations around the web and at vintage fairs for a while now.
Recently, an online craft store offered free shipping, so I ordered several bags of 1.5″ bottle brush trees. Not knowing exactly what they would look like “in person,” I had no clear idea of how I would use them. Once they arrived, I decided to try and match them up with a collection of vintage spools of thread (some bare) that I had on hand.
I hot glued them to the top of the spools and then set about decorating the “body” of the spool.
Those without thread I wrapped with scrap book paper, followed by ribbon and a metal numeral button.
To those with thread, like the yellow (center) and maroon (right) spools, I simply added ribbon and numeral accents. The “5” button on the yellow thread has a yellow button backing, as do the “9” to the left and the “1” to the right.
When I first get an idea for a project, I pull out a pile of crafting supplies, holding paper next to ribbon and ribbon next to thread to decide which bits I want to use. I made a mess with a selection of different kinds of “junk” before I settled on the number buttons. They seemed to add just the right finishing touch.
I think my instincts were right because when I went to check my booth at the Shaker craft fair, only two remained at $3.50 each. Time to get busy in my craft room(!).
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