I thought it would be a nice idea to make a spool holder for my wife. She likes to sew and the spool holders in stores are expensive and hold very few spools. For only a couple dollars, you can build one of these for yourself or someone else who enjoys sewing.
Let's start by gathering materials...
Step 1: Gathering Materials
First things first, we need to get the supplies we need to complete this.
You will need:
A base. I used a circular plaque from Walmart.
Foam blocks. These are from the Dollar Tree.
Wooden sticks. Also from Walmart. I only bought 2, but that wasn't enough. They cost about 33 cents.
Sturdy tube. I used the tube I got with a poster.
Something to make holes in the tube.
Hot glue gun.
Something to cut the sticks.
NOTE: I forget what size sticks I got. I think they were 1/4". You can just grab a spool from the store and see which one fits best.
Step 2: Getting the Foam Into the Tube
Take the tube and line it up in the center of the tube.
Start twisting the tube and applying pressure to cut the foam block around the tube.
If the tube seems to be going to the side to much, just try to work it back to the center.
Once the first foam block is done, start the second block the same way. It starts to get tough to get this block in the tube.
Time to cut those sticks into the appropriate length.
To do this I used a piece of cardboard that I measures 4 inches on and lined up the stick and cut it.
To cut it I used a box cutter and put pressure on until it snapped. I would recommend using a better cutting tool to have a cleaner cut.
Once you have a lot of little sticks move on to the next step.
Step 4: Time to Finish Up.
After you get everything ready. Take the tube and carefully drill holes in it the size of the sticks you're using.
I used a screwdriver to achieve this. I would highly recommend using something designed for this kind of thing. A drill may be a good choice, just be careful not to drill into the foam.
I would also recommend measuring and aligning the holes for this. I did not, I did this as a test run to see if this would actually work.
After all that is done, take your hot glue gun, and glue the base and tube together. I glued the foam to the base and then I went around the outside of the tube.
Step 5: All Done!
There you have it. You just created an inexpensive spool holder.
If you feel adventurous, you can add some color and design to this, because let's face it, it's pretty bland. Doing some nice wood burning on the base would be a great idea.