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Thread: What do you do with your empty thread spools????

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    Super Member #1piecemaker's Avatar
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    Do you chunk them in the trash? Or do you recycle them in some way? I just can't seem to throw mine away. I know they used to make dolls out of the wooden ones for the kids to paly with. And I've seen them used as drawer pulls. So, what do you do with your empty spools?

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    Gonna watch this thread.. Ive got ice cream containers full of them.. I too, cannot toss them out..

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    With vintage ones, I put them in big Mason jars for display. I just can't seem to throw out such a pretty part of history. The newer ones (the plastic ones), I've been throwing away, but I have been keeping the ones from Superior Threads because they look similar to the vintage ones. I'm in the same boat, I don't want to pitch them, but I just don't know what to do with them :(. I'll be watching this to see what others suggest!

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    I recycle.

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    I save all the wooden ones and give my Parrot the others she loves to play with them :-D

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    Growing up we used them to make furniture for our doll houses! We also used them to make dolls, adn other things. right now I don't have any empties but will probably find a way to recycle them into toys for my two little boys!

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    I throw them away. I don't have space to keep things like that.

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    I put 6 of them on a piece a rope and give them to my Yorkie to chew on them...she loves them as a toy...LOL

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    I save all mine and give them to a fellow quilter who has small grand daughters. They love to string them using big shoelaces and make necklaces. The wooden ones,(I still have a few spools to empty,)I save. Who knows why. I figure someday I will want them or someone will collect them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I throw them away. I don't have space to keep things like that.
    I toss them in the red recycle bin! I too don't have room to save stuff just because!

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    Give them to Grandsons to play with

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    Into the recyle bin!

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    i recycle the plastic ones. i keep the wooden ones if i get them i have saved the ones my cone thread was on. thought one would be useful to make into tree toppers. hmmm i should get that idea into place and have my dgd to make one for her tree for christmas.

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    I pull the stickers off and toss them to my cats. They love em

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    I let my sister's grandkids make things with them. We've made Xmas decorations & they made necklaces with them. & give them to son for his cats to play with.

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    Recycle, someone has to do something really creative with them???

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    Most go to my Grand kids for arts and crafts but once in a while I have to give Otis a new one. She is constantly loosing. her's . I think she thinks she's a dog I find them tucked in potted plants, up trees, under the bed covers, you name it she will try to hide them then comes crying for more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj
    Most go to my Grand kids for arts and crafts but once in a while I have to give Otis a new one. She is constantly loosing. her's . I think she thinks she's a dog I find them tucked in potted plants, up trees, under the bed covers, you name it she will try to hide them then comes crying for more.
    ..And Otis is a ??? Cat???

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    I give the plastic ones to my cats. They love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4
    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj
    Most go to my Grand kids for arts and crafts but once in a while I have to give Otis a new one. She is constantly loosing. her's . I think she thinks she's a dog I find them tucked in potted plants, up trees, under the bed covers, you name it she will try to hide them then comes crying for more.
    ..And Otis is a ??? Cat???
    Yes Otis is a female cat that my DH laughingly calls my devil cat.
    She likes to play in water, plays fetch with a sm ball, likes to go for car rides. I you call here kitty kitty she will totaly egnor you. If you say Hey Otis she comes running. We live in the country,and do not have a dog. Got her at 8 weeks of age, she was around a couple of cattle dogs until then.

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    I donate them to schools/kindergarten especially..girl scouts and FREECYCLE...plenty of homeschool people who use them for crafting things...

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    Never thought to throw into recycle bin!! Duh!!

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    I usually throw them in the trash, but I've thought about using them to wrap bias tape and binding around.

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    I string them on yarn for my grandchilden to play with. My youngest one likes the noise they made when he bangs them on my wooden floor. :) We also stack them like blocks...the older ones like to see how high they can build and the youngest likes to knock them over and laugh!! Haven't tried crafts with them yet so good idea for my DGD who loves to color and paint.

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    I keep the wooden ones and use them for crafts and decorations. The plastic ones I throw away.

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