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Thread Spool Dolls | Recycled Crafts

Thread Spool Dolls

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Turn thread spools into quick, kooky characters.


  • Plastic thread spool
  • Yarn
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Buttons
  • Glue


1. Peel away the labels from the top and bottom of a plastic thread spool.

Thread Spool Dolls - Step 2

2. Cut yarn into 2 dozen 6-inch lengths and divide them into four groups of six. Sandwich each group in a pipe cleaner bent in half. Then fit each set of the pipe cleaner ends into a separate hole in the center of the spool, pulling the ends through just far enough to secure the yarn in place.

3. When all of the yarn hair is attached, trim 4 of the pipe cleaner ends protruding from the bottom of the spool so that they are flush with the plastic (a parent's job). Pose the remaining 4 ends to resemble arms and legs.

4. Glue button eyes and a nose to the thread-covered spool for a face.