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Recycle Plastic Cotton Reels – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

I’ve finally hit upon an idea for recycling cotton reels… upcycled Christmas decorations. I hate throwing cotton reels away, but generate quite a few over the course of the year. I have to admit I love this idea!


You will need:

  • cotton reels
  • double-sided tape
  • scraps of wool
  • embroidery floss
  • beads
  • spray paint

To make:

Spray the ends of your cotton reels to cover up the writing.


Once dry wrap double sided tape at the bottom and top of the barrel. Cut lengths of wool and place along the barrel.


Thread beads onto your embroidery floss. Wrap this around the barrel, spreading the beds our randomly as you go.


Using invisible thread or whatever you have to hand, thread a needle through the middle of the cotton reel, through a large bead and then back through the cotton reel. Thread the second bead on at the top and create a loop to hang the Christmas decoration.

Upcycled cotton reel transformed into upcycled christmas decoration, click through to the blog for the full tutorial

What colours will you choose? Do you have a favourite upcycled Christmas decoration?




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Friday 23rd of December 2016

I saw this on pinterest and couldn't figure out what the heck it was, now I realize reel = spool, haha!!

Katy SkipTheBag

Saturday 17th of December 2016

What a creative way to use up something you have! Trees always look better with some bling baubles! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!


Wednesday 14th of December 2016

These are lovely. Thank you for sharing with us. #Trash2Treasure


Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Another thing I didn't think of upcycling :) thanks!!


Sunday 11th of December 2016

Great upcycle idea. I think they would also look great in a garland.


Sunday 11th of December 2016

Thanks Claire, I will have to save them up for a garland next year:)

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