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Spool Photo Stands

Studio 5 Contributor Wendy Smedley says it just takes an afternoon to create a set of delightful and inexpensive photo holders.


" Photos
" Spools
" Sticks such as lollipop sticks, pencils, or dowels as the stand (make sure it fits snuggly through the spool)
" Fan flowers
" Paper, stickers, trim, buttons
" Adhesive

Sources: For unfinished wood spools look at your local craft store such as Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, and Michaels. Also, see these links on Etsy:


1.Embellish your photos

" mat photo if desired
" add stickers
" affix any other embellishments

2. Prepare spools and sticks.

" Color your unfinished wood with the following:
o wood stain- follow package instructions
o dye ink - use applicator such as make up sponge to dab ink on spool, completely cover
o paint
o spray color- this process is less controlled, but quick

" Embellish with paper. Using your favorite complete-coverage adhesive, adhere paper to spool (I used mod podge)

3. Make flowers

" pleat paper in even increments
" adhere two ends to each other
" push down middle and glue to cardboard backing with hot glue
" embellish center

4. Assemble
My spool frames displays are done in sets of three with varying heights.

" adhere wooden stick to back of photo with photo safe tape
" glue stick in spool (I used hot glue)

5. Finish
Look at your display, does it need anything more? do you need to repeat colors of patterns somewhere?

" Add decorative touches such as
" trim around the spool
" trim at the base of the spool
" stickers to the photos
" additional flowers

Wendy blogs about scrapbooking, all things crafty, and her family adventures with five sons at

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