Wooden Spool Christmas Tree Ornament & 35+ Ways to Trim the Tree!

Paper wrapped wooden spools make a charming Christmas tree ornament - add jingle bell ornaments and a gold star, too!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … counting down the days until Thanksgiving, hopefully a little time off to enjoy with your family, maybe a little retail therapy, hauling out the Christmas tree (in our case, it’s an artificial) and getting into the holiday spirit!  I’ll go ahead and come clean today … since we are having Thanksgiving at my mom’s house this year, I already have decorated our dining room and entry way for Christmas.  For the moment, our tree is still tucked away in its glamorous cardboard box in our attic.  BUT, after today, it may not stay there too long!!  I am joining 35+ awesome bloggers to share ways to trim the tree this year!!  Starting with this …

Wooden Spool Christmas Tree Ornament!

Paper wrapped wooden spools make a charming Christmas tree ornament - add jingle bell ornaments and a gold star, too!

Ready to get crafty?!  I’ll share my supply list and full step by step tutorial below!


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  • Nine 1 1/8 inch wooden spools
  • Scrapbook Paper in shades of green, polka dots, stripes, etc. (this is a great way to use up your paper scraps!)
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Three 10mm red jingle bells
  • One 1 inch wooden star
  • Gold Paint
  • Twine

The How-To

How to make a wooden spool Christmas tree ornament - step by step tutorial!

  1. Heat up your glue gun and cut small strips of paper wide enough to cover the center of your spools and long enough to overlap just a little when wrapped around the spool.
  1. Hot glue the strips of paper around each spool.
  2. I used several different polka dot patterned papers, so I ended up with 3 in one pattern, three in a second pattern and two spools in a third pattern.  You can use the same pattern/color or mix it up!
  3. Hot glue your spools together end to end to form each row of spools to stack for the tree.  Align the spools so the place where the paper overlapped is together.  (These will be on the back of your ornament.)
  4. Hot glue the rows of spool together to form the tree and glue on a plain wooden spool for the tree trunk.
  5. Paint a small wooden star gold and hot glue it to the top of the tree once the paint is dry. Add several mini red jingle bells with hot glue
  6. Finally (pictured below) thread jute, twine or ribbon through the top spool and form a loop for hanging.



Paper wrapped wooden spools make a charming Christmas tree ornament - add jingle bell ornaments and a gold star, too!

This easy wooden spool Christmas tree ornament would be a perfect project to make with the kids on a snow day, for a ladies’ craft day or a mom’s day out!  If you have an ornament exchange this year, don’t forget about handmade ornaments like this one!  Tie it to a Christmas gift instead of a bow for a fun and useful decoration! If you don’t have jingle bells, use mini pom poms.  Use paper or add glitter to the star.  You can easily adjust this project for whatever supplies you have on hand!

Make a wooden spool Christmas tree ornament with a few basic supplies - love the jingle bell ornaments!

And now, are you ready mother lode of 35+ inspiring ideas to help you trim the tree this year?!  You are going to LOVE this!

Trim the Tree this Christmas with more than 35 ideas to inspire from your favorite bloggers! #trimthetree

Have you started decorating for the Holidays?  Over 35 of your favorite bloggers have come together to share their fun and festive ideas.  From Ornaments to Tree Skirts,  you are sure to be inspired by all of these amazing homemade ideas to Trim the Tree! 

Trim The Tree 1

  1. Advent Calendar Pocket 
  2. Polymer Clay Poinsettia
  3. Yarn Wrapped Ornament 
  4. Vintage Green Paper Ornament
  5. Trim the Tree Garland
  6. Ribbon Stuffed Ornaments
  7. Wooden Star Ornament
  8. Melted Snowman Ornament
  9. Felt Christmas Tree
  10. Santa Star Ornament

Trim the Tree 2

  1. Vintage Map Ornament
  2. Yarn Joy Ornament
  3. Embossed Wood Bird Ornament
  4. Snow Man Wood Slice Ornament
  5. Christmas Garland
  6. Tree Skirt for under $20
  7. Star Painted Ornament
  8. Neon Christmas Tree Topper
  9. Wooden Spool Christmas Tree <<— hey, that’s me!!

Trim The Tree 3

  1. Gingerbread Cookie Ornament
  2. Wood Etched Cork Garland
  3. Bow Christmas Tree Garland
  4. Travel Map Ornaments
  5. Homemade Glitter Ornaments
  6. Felt Candy Ornaments
  7. Make Love Ornament
  8. How to Decorate your Tree like a Pro
  9. Joy Ornament
  10. Glitter Pinecone Ornament

Trim The Tree 4

  1. Scented Gingerbread Ornament
  2. Diy Tree Skirt
  3. Pinecone Decorative Tree
  4. Wood Slice Ornament
  5. Wood Slice Child Silhouette Ornament
  6. Tips for Decorating the Christmas Tree
  7. Mason Jar Lid Ornament
  8. Gold Basket Weave Ornament
  9. Rustic Christmas Tree Garland
  10. Starfish Christmas Ornaments

My crafty Christmas to-do list just got SO much longer … in the best possible way!!

Our Wooden Spool Christmas Tree ornament may be shared here:


  1. This is soooooo cute! Pinned it so I can make one soon! It’s been fun “hopping” with ya!

  2. It’s darling Keri!!! I love it.

  3. This is super cute. I love how easy it is too.

  4. You are so clever, this is adorable. Great way to use spools. Love the style of spool. Did you stain the spools or did they come that way? Where did you find that style spool? Such a clever way to dress up the spools with polka dot papers. Love this project. Happy creating and Holidays.

  5. I LOVE this!! I have a pile of spools waiting to be used for something like this!
    Lindi @ http://www.lovecreatecelebrate.com

  6. I love this fun little tree! It it so cute and so very festive! Thank you for sharing! PINNED!

  7. This is lovely!

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