Recycle Cardboard Ribbon Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I always have quite a few spools of ribbon in my craft stash. Normally, I would toss the empty spools in the recycle bin but I found a really great use for them a few years ago. Christmas ornaments!

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I started by taking one side of the cardboard off of the spool. The spools I use are from thin ribbons 1/4 inch wide or less.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

To get all the excess paper bits and glue off, I sand it down lightly. Then I find an image to put inside the spool. The Graphics Fairy is always a great place to find vintage images and where I found this cute little snowman.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I made two of these ornaments and each one was a bit different although I used the snowman for both. Both spools were painted, one with red and cream, the other just cream colored.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I only painted the areas that would be showing. For the other areas, I used scrapbook paper to cover the cardboard.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Then I started adding a little decoration to the snowman to make him pop out. On one of the  snowmen, I added red glitter to all the red areas. The other one I added black stick on beads for his buttons.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas OrnamentsI also added glitter glass to a different area on the outside of each spool.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

To finish off the ornaments, I added a hanger with some ribbon and a piece of scrapbook paper to the back.

Done! I gave them as gifts on Thanksgiving one year to my family. I used old Christmas card images the last time I made them as another way of recycling. There are so many ways to do these, but I tend to go for more of a vintage look every time.

I haven’t tried any of the wider spools but I was thinking of making one with miniature trees in it, almost like a small shadow box. What do you think? Do you have any other ideas on how to use the empty ribbon spools?

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

 

 

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Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

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  1. So cute! I love recycling and this is a great idea. The snowman image is darling! I think a wider one would be fun. Our craft group has done scenes in small boxes and I think it would be very similar. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  2. Doggone it, why did I get rid of empty ribbon spools all summer, blast. Now have greatest reason to hold onto them, if can remember where I put them when needed, lol. That’s what I love about being senior citizen, can’t remember where I put things or even remember if I kept something, sigh.
    Your ornaments are so doggoned cute and retro looking, that graphic is perfect. Don’t have glass glitter but guess chunkier glitter will work? Sure hope so. Will print this out for project to do which is simple enuf and inexpensive.What a brilliant idea and so cute.

    Hope you have wonderful weekkend

  3. What a cute idea and you’re so clever! I’ve got lots of spools and just may try to do this too. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  4. Kileen I love a good repurpose and this one is great. Most would have thrown out the spools but you were environmentally friendly and reused them. The ornaments are adorable. And the pride you get from making them yourself instead of wasting money is the best gift. Sharing and Pinning.

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  6. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
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    Thanks again for linking up to A Round Tuit Hope you have a great week!
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  7. This idea is great! Gonna send this to my cousin, ’cause I’m not very good at these DIY stuff. But I love X’mas. Xmas is the best holiday of the year to me. I love choosing and giving gifts, the food, the atmosphere, everything. Especially decorating the xmas tree. Love the bling.

    I think we can make a lot of cute ornaments with this. They’re good to be on the walls too.

    Thanks a lot Kileen!

  8. This idea under your hand becomes really amazing!!!! FALL IN LOVE!!! Very simple, very saving, but very cute. I think all of us can do an ornament similar, not only a snowman but also other characters. I completely agree with you in taking advantage of the recycle items like this cardboard!

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