After purchasing the flimsy plastic thread holder for the cone-type spools of thread at JoAnn's, I got to thinking... This is what my DH and I came up with. All he had to do was add a "screw-type eye ring" to the back of the snowman mug tree that no one wanted to buy at my garage sale (thank goodness). It is sturdy and whimsical at the same time. It works so well - I am doing a happy dance!!! (and I got my money back at JoAnn's).
Snowman mug tree
DH added a screw-type eye ring to back
The Perfect Spool Holder and Threader