FUN! NEW! PROJECT! WOO! so i ordered 500 of these little bitty spools… what to do, what to do…
i pondered a way to “stain” the spools, and found this:
i thought it would work better than regular water-based ink that might wear off on my skin, and i wasn’t sure what craft paint would do. the stazon refill ink gave the spools a gorgeous look, but HOLY COW! MESSY! PERMANENT! my fingers and nails will never be the same. (you can probably tell i went with timber brown =)) the up-side is that it dries very quickly. i hate to wait.
as you can tell from the background, i’m at work, so i rifled through the scrap bin and found some very pretty patterned papers and cut them to fit – my spools are small, i used 3/8″ x 1 3/8″ pieces. i tried a bunch of adhesives to get the paper to stick – mod podge worked just fine, so did tacky tape and the xyron sticker maker… use whatever you’d like! i think mod podge might work best, with the tacky tape a close 2nd.
you can string them together the traditional end-to-end way, but i chose a side-to-side method – just string one end through each side. i used elastic thread so i could stretch mine over my giant beat up crafty hands.
i’m experimenting with colors and papers tonight, and will show you anything super, should it pop up!