15 Repurposed Wire Spool Ideas

It's always a nice surprise when one of you, my readers, e-mails me about wanting to get some more explanation on a project, a question, just to say hi, or like in this case to give me ideas! Ha you're all so awesome!

This post it's "brought to you" by Jennifer from Ohio. ;)  When she read my post about the wire spools I've found, she was quick to send me a compilation of great ideas. All I can say is Thanks Jennifer!

These are some of her suggestions plus some others ideas I found online. I love them all.

This is a RH table inspired by a cable spool, the perfect table for any little artist.
A regular cable spool can be sanded and painted white to copy-cat this look.

Though, a regular wire spool can be used as is and it would also look great!


I might say, the easiest way to re-purpose a wire spool is as a table, you just have to style it the way you want to and that's it. Here, once again as an outdoor table.
Wire Spool Table for outdoors

One of the spool flanges is paired up with a sewing machine base for another variation.
Mesa com base de máquina de costura

Smaller cable spools also make great tables, in this case, a library table.
Step 1: To build this brilliant "bookmobile" - crafted by Halligan Norris Smith and featured in Grace Bonney's Design*Sponge at Home ($21.24; - search a commercial salvage yard or sites like eBay for a wooden cable spool (usually under $50). You'll also need about 12 three-quarter-inch-thick wooden dowels that measure at least as tall as the spool when it's lying flat on either wheel.
Step 2: Lay the spool on one of its wheels, then use a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the top wheel to the top of the bottom wheel. Use a handsaw to cut the dowels to this size, then sand the spool and dowels.
Step 3: Measure the distance from one wheel's outer edge to the spool's core. Divide that number in half.
Step 4: Beginning at the outer edge of the top of the top wheel, measure in the distance computed in Step Three. Mark with a pencil. Repeat around the spool's circumference, spacing marks an equal distance apart.
Step 5: At each mark, drill all the way through the top wheel, using a three-quarter-inch spade bit. Then, with a hammer, drive a dowel into each hole, until the dowel's bottom is secured against the bottom wheel. Paint spool and dowels, if desired; let dry.
Step 6: Evenly space three casters ($12 for five; in a triangle pattern atop the top wheel, placing each caster about an inch in from the edge, and drill into place. Flip the spool over and you're ready to roll.

Almost the same concept, as a shelf.
But using them as stools is another popular option for these reels.
DIY: Electrical Spool Stools
Not as popular, but definitely cute, you can create a rocking cot for a baby. I think this would work nicely as a prop for taking pictures of babies.
A rocking cot for your babies

Wire spools can be also re-purposed into nice furniture, how neat are these chairs?! I wonder how one can stop them from rolling all around. :/
rocking chair

You can go ahead and create a whole set. :)
recycled pallet and cable drum patio salon

A  neat way to use those really big spools ---> As a headboard.
One more unique idea, as a chicken coop.

Or how about as a planter in your garden.

I love the idea of an oversized clock.

Or using the reels in its simple way as in this store's display!

I love big spools re-purposed as tables and I think that's what I'm leaning towards with the big spool I have.

I've been working with the smaller reels, one of them was re-purposed into a...

And I also made some Snowflake Christmas Decorations with some of them.

You can follow my Pinterest Board: Wire Spool Projects, for these and many more ideas.

Have you incorporated wire spools in your home decor? How have you use them?

Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. What a fantastic collection. I am leaning towards just leaving mine as tables. They are easy to roll out of the way to mow, but I guess I could get off my butt and paint them. Looking forward to seeing what you create! I know whatever you do, it will be awesome!

  2. These are all such creative ideas. Can't wait to see what you decide to create with yours.

  3. I think the little library tables are my favorite but the planter is adorable too. This is a great compilation of ideas.

  4. Fantastic ideas my friend! I am loving the baby doll cradle and the chicken coop....

  5. Great ideas - I love them all! But where do you find spools such as these?

    1. Thanks Sandy, I got one of them at Craiglist. An electric company was trying to get rid of some of them.

  6. Beautiful ideas, Cristina! So creative!

  7. Sandy, I got one of those big spools through Craiglist, an electrical company was on a clean up mood. ;)

  8. Que ideas más fantásticas para usar esos carretes , me gusta mucho como mesita de noche y como librero

  9. I love the little children where can I find one of these?

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

  10. Hi Deb Foglia, You can find the first table at Restoration Hardware -link above- though not a cheap price. Otherwise you can score them free thru Craiglist, electric companies, sometimes asking at Home Depot for the smaller ones.

  11. Great, clever ideas! I especially like the painted table. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Amazing aren't they !!!
    Back in the 60's my Mom had a friend who made a kitchen table out of one - complete with all the love child flowers painted all over it - it was incredible!
    Love the baby rocker - how wonderful!

  13. Wonderful round-up! I love those spools. My dad has then kicking around his farm, now I have some ideas for them!

  14. Great inspiration, especially the last photo! Stopping by from Savvy Southern Style.

  15. Great inspiration! I love those chairs.


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