10 Things to do with a Broken Spindle

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You enter a thrift store and see a beautiful spindle, but have no idea what to do with it. These 10 things to do with a broken spindle will help. Most are very easy ideas, but a few require basic workworking skills. We’ve got this!

10 things to do with a broken spindle

My obsession with spindles started around six when I played ballerina while holding onto the spindle post of grandma’s old bed. I wore the paint away in my favorite places while pretending to pirouette.

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easy spindle hacks to create amazing home decor

If you’re looking for amazing spindles, and don’t want the thrift store ones with chippy paint and broken pieces, check out this collection.

1. Projects with simply the spindle

Restyle junk.  Using the spindle as a display object.  Two different types of spindle candle holders

Spindles – so cool they carry off the display without the candle!  Like the one in the spring decorating ideas mantel.

The spindle I mention in the video that’s hanging on the wall can be seen here hanging next to our DIY chalkboard. 

2. Farmhouse-style spindle projects

After the flowers faded this piece moved to my desk in the craft room.  It turns with marbles.  Spindle Lazy Susan DIY with marbles


The Spindle crate combines my two obsessions.  It holds my tea and ironed vinegar. I adore giving new boards from the lumberyard a great old barnwood look.

Even now living in Oklahoma, the land of barnwood, I make my own. That real barnwood has bugs!

I made the popular arrow sign in my favorite style, the Spindle arrow sign.

3. Broken Spindles help organize

You know those DIY projects that you “think” is a good idea, but could be a total failure?  I wasn’t sure which way this one was going.  The spindle as a DIY craft organizer  Whew!  It works!


Organizing my little workshop with spindles

  • Thread twine and tape on an old spindle. Then add a hook for your scissors.  Mount between studs.
  • Mount three spindles to hold frame clamps.  My toes love this one! Those clamps were always falling from the tool cabinet!
  • A spindle makes cool edging on boards and shelving.
Cabin Hooks Country Design Style

These hooks make me smile!  I wish I could live in one.  Wait, we do live in a cabin.  Cabin Hooks

UPDATE: We now live in a European Country Farmhouse.

4. Spindle jewelry


The tutorial for the necklace I’m wearing in the video is on this post called, Spindle beads.

This necklace was a gift to a DIYer friend.  There are a few more projects on the post too.  Spindle necklace

5. Holiday Spindles

10 things to do with a broken spindle

This is very easy to make after you get the spindle arranged by length.  Pass on the pile of pine needles in the corner of the living room this Christmas and create a Spindle Christmas tree.  You might have a couple of paint chips to sweep up.

Easter-egg-ideas-spindle-eggs | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

My favorite eggs…fried with butter, but I second fav…  Easter egg spindles.  Tons of farmhouse style in twine nests too!


Another gift for a talented blogging DIYer, Santa boot chalkboard with spindles and seashells.  Spindle in a beach style.


My favorite little Christmas tree..so far!  Mr. Brown’s Christmas tree 

6. Chalkboards and spindles

chalkboard easel

I only use this easel a couple of times a year, but the spindle really tops it off.  Easy chalkboard easel

7. Broken spindles built into furniture

My grandson and I created a taller box and used the metal cart pieces to add industrial to our farmhouse living room.  To keep the cart from becoming too masculine I added a spindle in the middle of the top.  Industrial cart coffee table

scrap wood mantel with spindles
Scrap wood mantel

Over the years, I created about 100 mantels.  This one is my favorite of all time!  It was like putting together a huge zigsaw puzzle, only I could cut the pieces to fit.  Scrap wood mantel

cable box https://countrydesignstyle.com

I don’t like seeing gadgets, cords, phones, or cable boxes.  Please note this post is one of my first and the photos are horrid. Hiding the cable box 

8. Easy spindle projects

10 easy wood projects using spindles | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

There’s nothing easier than standing a spindle on end to display.  This collection of spindle projects is slightly more complicated than balancing a spindle.  But only slightly.  10 easy wood projects using a spindle.

9. More spindle ideas

Repurposed spindle

This is a mixture of ideas to create spindles projects 10 more repurposing old furniture spindles.  Told you I was obsessed.

10. How to find spindles

How to find and create using spindles

A popular question I get from readers is, “where do you find all your spindles?”  I put together a pretty detailed list of How to find wood spindles.  The best way is to train your eyes to look for those beautifully turned pieces as you scan thrift stores.


After hundreds of projects using steel wool and vinegar, I had to develop and expand the technique.

Above are some of the wood techniques I developed and included in the ‘How to Distress Wood” digital book.  Click to learn more.

Old gray porch spindle covered with white flowers

This post went through a major update to give you better help in finding a spindle project you can create.

10 things to do with a broken spindle

Above I included the college of the older photos.


If you’ve ever thought about making spindles on a lathe, this is a great place to start with the basics.

Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.  I enjoy helping readers with DIY projects and ideas.

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    1. Donna,
      Thanks for asking. I’m always on the look out for spindles. I’m not afraid to take a chair apart for great spindles. Scouring thrift shops and yard sales keep costs down. Many spindles have been remade into other projects. The spindle tree has been taken apart and I’m getting ready for a more things to do with a broken spindle post.

      Just keep your eyes open.

  1. Jeanette,
    What an amazing post! I am not surprised, but blown away at all of your ideas and projects. AND, you made all of them! You seriously rock!
    Pinned and bookmarked 🙂

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