Location: Northwoods of Minnesota, formerly of Texas
wooden ones or new plasticy ones? Wooden ones look great strung together as garland for a sewing room Christmas tree or window swag and the wooden ones make the best "bubble blowers" for homemade bubbles. I'd love to have enough old wooden ones to fill an old canning jar to sit on the shelf in my laundry room! Also, those canning jar lamps filled with them would be cool, too!
__________________ ♥ She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. ♥ Proverbs 31:13
I get a lot of the cone type sewing thread at thrift stores and if you stick an empty spool into the bottom of the cone you can use it on your sewing machine without buying one of those attachments to use the thread cones.
I saved a bag of wooden ones as I emptied the thread. Still have a box of same, mostly w/silk thread, from my MIL. Way past use, but still pretty & shiny. Haven't figured out how to display them, though.... Give the styrofoam and plastic ones to somebody's preschooler or preschool with some long, sturdy shoelaces for stringing, or as part of a set of blocks. Make great columns, castle decor, etc. Sue
I would LOVE to buy some wooden ones if anybody would like to get rid of them. I've been keeping my eyes open at the antique stores and auctions/yard sales for them lately...no luck yet but the season is young and we've a wee road trip this weekend!
Hmmm... well.. you could super glue together into a rod and make a toilet paper holder or a kitchen towel holder..put them on a thin dowel so they would turn and put them on a spike in the garden so your hose would slide around corners.
Glue them together the other way (side by side) into a square and make a trivet for the kitchen or table or a drying rack for your canning jars to sit on to drain or to cool.
If you have tons you could make a bathmat or a mat for the back door. Or a mat to set dirty muddy shoes on.
That is all I can think of now.... if anything else pops in my mind I will add on...
My brother and I used to make them into 'tanks'. Of course, they were the good old wooden spools. You get a short bit of spent wooden matchstick, a bobby pin and an elastic. Put the matchstick at one end with the elastic around it, thread the elastic through the hole, then put the bobby pin at the other end. Twist tight and let go, and your tank will lurch across the floor.
Sigh, kids could so easily entertain themselves before TV and all this other stuff!