and another toadstool project

with all the sewing that goes on around here, i end up with alot of empty plastic cone spools. i think there must be something i can make with them so i can’t throw them away. it seemed pretty obvious that they would make great toadstool stems…so with some styrofoam balls, a glue gun and some rug yarn i made these yarn wrapped toadstool decorations.

3 inch balls seem to be the perfect toadstool-top size. slice them in half and gently press the spool into the center of the cut side about a half inch deep. remove the spool, add a bead of glue and replace.

make a loop at the end of yarn and tie a knot. glue to the center of the styrofoam top.

start wrapping yarn around top, gluing as you go.

when you get to the bottom of the cap, switch to the stem color and keep wrapping and gluing…

and gluing and wrapping…

when you get to the bottom of the spool, tuck the end of the yarn inside and glue a circle of cardstock on to finish off the bottom.

want spots on it? i used tiny pom poms because i love pom poms, but tiny buttons or beads would make nice spots too. finished size is about 5 1/2″ tall.

18 Responses to “and another toadstool project”

  1. strikkelise Says:

    I love’em! What a great use for those spools.

  2. Wanda Clark Says:

    Those are friggin awesome. I love seeing how people repurpose things…especially if they turn into mushrooms. :)

  3. Christine Says:

    Those are so darn adorable! xoxo

  4. Pearlie Says:

    Ooh, I love the spotty green one!

  5. geek+nerd Says:

    These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  6. mi9vidas Says:

    I love this. I think I am going to make some of these as ornaments for our x-mas tree.

  7. six plus + Says:

    wow u r very creative.

  8. Laura Says:

    So adorable, great idea :)

  9. Virginia Says:

    love these! great job

  10. KJ@letsgoflyakite Says:

    I saw your post on the longthread’s round up and had to stop by. These are absolutely stunning.

  11. Kelly Says:

    So cute!! I don’t have those big thread cones but I guess I could use foam or something. Great idea!!!!! :)

  12. Larissa Says:

    wish I had some empty cones. great project!

  13. Mary Louise Says:

    Wonderful idea. I just love little mushrooms- cant get sick of them.

  14. gardenmama Says:

    how cute!
    oh how i love toadstools!

  15. mirsini's creations Says:

    perfect idea! I really love mushrooms and yours are amazing! Have a nice week!

  16. doro Says:

    they look pretty!

    i’m linking. i hope you dont’t mind.

    thanks, doro.

  17. Laura and Michele Says:

    We love these mushrooms! Thank you for sharing, this will be added to our project to do list!
    Laura and Michele

  18. pam Says:

    Catching up in my google reader and look what I found! OMG these are beautiful and I WILL make them! Love shrooms on my tree, Yours are spectacular! Thank you!

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