Recycle Plastic Cotton Reels – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

December 8, 2016

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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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14 comments so far.

14 responses to “Recycle Plastic Cotton Reels – Upcycled Christmas Decoration”

  1. Donnalee says:

    Cute idea, but they’re plastic and plastic can be recycled in most places. Maybe you do not live in a place that has that but could send a packet of them to someone else who can recycle them, if you use so many…?

    • Vicky says:

      Thanks for your comment, I have limited plastics I can recycle locally:( You’ve prompted me to contact the thread supplier and find out the type of plastic they are made from and were they can be recycled:) I have no idea why I didn’t think of that before!!

  2. Jill says:

    Oh they are so pretty Vicky! Great idea! You could have a whole tree decorated with those – or string them together to make a pretty garland! Great upcycle! – if they can be reused – then that’s better than recycling!

  3. So effective and without the tutorial here I would never have guessed it was a cotton real! You have such a great mind for using things creatively. I love the silver and turquoise colour, I think I’d like a whole tree of these with plain white twinkle lights.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

  4. Claire says:

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

  5. Zdenka says:

    Another thing I didn’t think of upcycling 🙂 thanks!!

  6. Helena says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. Stephanie says:

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

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