2 great ideas for vintage wood spools at your wedding

With just about 5 and a half weeks left until Baby C is born, my nights are filled with lots and lots and lots of sleeplessness. I've been obsessed with looking for cool ideas and projects on Etsy via PicClick, which if you don't know about it yet, need to stop reading right this second and click on over.

For those of us "in the know" PicClick offers a hyped up search engine for Etsy (and eBay and a host of other sites). I'm obsessed with it.

Anyhow, last night I feel like I stumbled upon something really unique, these Embroidered Spool Escort Cards by Etsy seller Lelise

I'm really into vintage spools right now - I bought a large lot a month or so back and used them to display my paper goods at the Wedding Crashers Show.

Figured to share a little DIY Tutorial on how to make these small beauties into card holders. They are perfect to use for place cards or even table number signs. Just remember that they can be top heavy so if you intend to use heavy paper stock, go for larger spools or just weigh them down.


Vintage Wooden Spool Card Holders


  • Assorted vintage spools
  • Memo pins
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Coins


  1. Assemble your materials: wooden spool lots can be found inexpensively on Etsy and eBay.
  2. The memo pins come very tightly wound so if you are using heavy weight paper, you may need to loosen them up a little. I used an old credit card / gift card inserted into the top wire and it worked like a charm.
  3. Prep your spools: clean up loose ends and use a small piece of masking tape on the bottom to stop the glue from oozing out
  4. Pop a bit of glue into the top of the spool and insert the memo pin. They work best when they are left slightly above the spool. (I used golf pencils to hold the pins in place).
  5. When glue is dry, turn each spool over and glue on a coin that fits to the bottom. No need to worry, you can easily remove the coins later. I found nickels and quarters worked best!
  6. Enjoy!


Posted on March 17, 2011 and filed under Behind the Scenes, DIY, Details.