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Thread: EMPTY SPOOLS OF THREAD

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    I own a parrot, so I make parrot toys out of them by stringing them together with leather pieces, my orange wing amazon (Tiko) just loves to play with them.

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    I saw this at a quilt show and took a pic. I collect empty spools also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbud2
    My cats collect, and hide them.
    Yes, so do mine! They resurrect them in the middle of the night and find the only rooms in the house that aren't carpeted, the kitchen/dining room and bathroom and bounce them around until the whole house is awake! That's when they get thrown.

    I have lots of wood spools that I save. They are getting more scarse by the minute so I want to keep them. I put them in a decorator jar with a lid and they're part of my sewing room decoration.

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    Recycling bin!!

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    Used to use the wooden ones for my doll house furniture. Now, I just recycle the plastic ones.

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    Our Christ Care Stitchers group gives the spools to the Baby Talk program teachers to make baby toys. The toys are often give to teen moms for their little ones.

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    My cats love empty spools and find them fascinating toys -- esp. Scoot, our 9 month old gigantic kitten.

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    I keep mine for my kitten to play with. If she has an empty spool, she's less likely to bother the full ones in use on the sewing machine.

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    My cats get them I'll tie something to them It's cheaper then those expensive cat toys.

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    Make a small chair to sit a plant on. Or sit it on a shelf.
    Here's how:
    Put various sized spools over four 1/4 wooden rods, glue first and last. These are the legs. Glue legs to corners of a small board. Add three or four more spool covered rods to one edge for a back. Top with another narrow board or another spool covered rod, glued in place.

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    I have birds, 2 macaws and a conure = I use scraps and anything around like empty spools to make toys for them. Braiding scraps and trimmings with spools added in keeps them amused until they destroy it. If any are still usable I add them to the next toy along with leather and wood scraps.

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    As soon as mine are empty, I look for a cat to toss it to. Once a year, we pull all cat 'toys' out from under everything, toss them out, and start over on a new bunch the next year.

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    What cute ideas. Love the tape measure spool. I collect them, but have thrown away a lot of them.

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    Use them for a special "card" for a loved one. I made some for valentines day but will be making some for birthdays also, or if you have bunches of them, cover with fabric and string to hang in a doorway for a "spool" door.

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    Love this ideau2665

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    That is an adorable idea. I'll pass that on to others

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    Lots of good ideas here. Thanks for sharing. I give mine to the art teacher at school.

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    Oh I am so glad that someone else has the same question. I am saving them in a bag, can't bring myself to throw them away. My Mom was a bride of the depression. Maybe we could string them on a wire and hang them in the garden to discourage the birds from picking at the berries. Maybe spray them with the plastic paint and string them for mobiles to hang on the porch.

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    WOW, all these ideas are fantastic!!!! Sure glad I asked the question. Thanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    What do you do with your empty spools of thread? I have been collecting them for awhile and I really don't know what to do with them, any suggestions :?: :roll:
    are the spools wood? i know a lady that wants some wood spools!!!

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    No, they are plastic, sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    What do you do with your empty spools of thread? I have been collecting them for awhile and I really don't know what to do with them, any suggestions :?: :roll:
    I suppose you could use them to wrap wayward pieces of twine, string or laces. I was lucky enough to buy a MASSIVE comforter bag full of beautiful older laces of nice lengths for $2 but they were all just stuffed in this huge bag. I am contemplating the way I would like to wrap them. for easy use.

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