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diy project: haylie’s spool hooks

by Grace Bonney

For years I have collected wooden thread spools, picking them up here and there, mostly at yard sales.You can’t usually use the actual thread, if there is any left, because it has become brittle with age. So, aside from displaying them in glass jars I wanted to put them to good use. I have chosen to use a handful of spools from my collection as hooks. It is a really simple project with a fun and colorful outcome. Here I have hung necklaces on the hooks, along with an antique measuring tape. I think they would be great even alone as their own installation art on an open wall. Also, they could make great dresser pulls or door knobs for a small cabinet or a chest. Haylie

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Materials & Tools:
-wooden thread spools (with or without thread)
-drywall screws to size- be sure to take your smallest and largest spool to hardware store to size for appropriate screws. Holding the screw to the spool, you should have approximately 1/2″ to 1″ overhang to anchor into the wall properly.
-glue,something that dries clear (elmer’s will work)
-sheet of paper to use as a hanging template

Step 1:For spools with thread, you want to tack down the loose end of the thread, so you don’t end up with a tangled mess. Just dab a little glue on the tip of your finger and drag the tail of thread through the glue. Then, using a clean finger, tack the tail down while smoothing out the glue to make it less obvious.

Step 2: Choose a piece of paper that best fits the space on the wall you want to fill with your spool hooks. Then lay the paper on a flat surface and layout the spools as if they are going on your wall. Be sure to look at your final draft from all angles- standing on a step-stool and looking down on the layout may even be necessary, to make sure you are happy with the look.

Step 3: Using your pencil, trace around each spool, to indicate the layout- once you have traced each spool- you may remove the spools from the paper. You should have a paper covered in circles. Now find the center of each circle and make and “X”.

Step 4: Now it is time to attach the template to the wall, first eye-balling the placement, and then marking the layout by piercing through each “X” with a tack. Once you are finished marking the spots, you may start from the outter edge of the the template, removing tacks and peeling back the paper to find your “starter holes” for drilling.

Step 5:Using the appropriate drill bit (according to the size of your screws), you can now drill into the starter holes that you made with the tacks.

Step 6: To attach the spools to the wall, just insert the appropriate fasteners through the spools and then into the wall, tightening with a screw bit or a screw-driver.

Step 7: Now, you have a place to hang your necklaces, ribbons, or neckties. Enjoy!

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