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15 Repurposed Wire Spool Ideas

wire spools transformed as tables, clock and crib

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.
white wire spool used as a table in little girl room with blue puff
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Though, a regular wire spool can be used as is and it would also look great!

how to repurpose a wire reel - kitchen with wire spool as table
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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
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One of the spool flanges is paired up with a sewing machine base for another variation.
Mesa com base de máquina de costura
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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; barnesandnoble.com) - 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; ikea.com) 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.
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Almost the same concept, as a shelf.
But using them as stools is another popular option for these reels.
DIY: Electrical Spool Stools
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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
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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
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You can go ahead and create a whole set. :)
recycled pallet and cable drum patio salon
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A  neat way to use those really big spools ---> As a headboard.
Big wire reel repurposed as a bed headboard
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One more unique idea, as a chicken coop.
How to repurpose a wire spool as a chicken or bird coop
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Or how about as a planter in your garden.
Wire reel repurposed as a planter in your garden


I love the idea of an oversized clock.
Wire spool side repurposed as a clock.
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Or using the reels in its simple way as in this store's display!
how to repurpose a wire spool in a store as merchandise display
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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...
office organization using a wire spools to hold all the office necesities


And I also made some Snowflake Christmas Decorations with some of them.
how to repurposed a wire spool into snow flakes wall decor


UPDATE:  This is how I used the wire spool I got:

how to repurpose a wire spool into a sign

I created this telephone sign. You can find all the details right HERE.


You can visit and 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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17 comments :

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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  6. Beautiful ideas, Cristina! So creative!

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

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

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

    Deb
    @Seeking Lavender Lane

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  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.

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

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  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!
    xoxo

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

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

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  15. Great inspiration! I love those chairs.

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