Turn a few supplies into a wood spool DIY tree ornament for your rustic Christmas tree this year. This easy craft idea will look great on a vintage inspired tree. Don’t love the green? Pick any colors that you love to turn these spools into something extra special.
- Darice Wood Spools
- Darice Wood Star
- Color Stain (I used green and brown)
- Vintage Effect Wash (I used silver)
- Darice Hemp Cord
- Krazy Glue Craft Formula
- Paint Brushes
Start by laying out your pieces into the shape you want for your ornament. From here you can determine how many of each color spool you need.
Start staining each spool with the appropriate color. TIP: Add the spools to the handle of your paint brush as shown below. This will keep it still and your hands clean while you brush on the stain.
For each spool, brush on the stain, allow to sit a few minutes, then wipe away any excess with a rag. I went back later and also stained the inside hole of each spool. This gives a more uniform appearance. Allow your spools to dry completely before continuing. For the star, I used vintage effect wash in the same manner. You also need to let this dry completely.
Once again, lay out your spools into the shape you desire.
Then start gluing them together in pairs. I found that Krazy glue worked best. I added a small drop to the top and bottom edge of the spool and pressed together. Continue until you have as many pairs as you need for your tree.
Then start putting those pairs and a few single spools into each row of the tree as shown below. Once again use the Krazy glue on the top and bottom to hold everything together. It sets up really fast which is one reason I preferred it over other methods for this project.
Glue all of those rows together into your Christmas tree shape then add the star to the top. I used an extra star to hold the one for my tree into place while the glue dried.
Once dry, glue some twine to the top for hanging on your tree. Then this fun wood spool ornament is ready for your Christmas decor.
The stain is really the key to making this ornament look rustic. It gives the entire project a vintage feel that you just can’t get with paint.