Old Spindle

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Spindles, I’m obsessed with them.spindle-country-design-style-fp

You get an idea.  A really different and strange idea.  One that won’t so away until you try it.

This idea came to me in the middle of a sleepless night.

I love using junk to repurpose into household useful items and decor.

This time, a different use was in mind.

My dear friend is always on the lookout for spindles for me.  A couple of weeks ago we spent the afternoon taking apart vintage chairs that were water damaged.  Here’s a couple of home projects done with them so far.

Home Decor

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spindle-feet-country-design-style-pinDIY Fall Decor

rustic-arrow-sweater-pillow-country-design-style-sqSweater pillow with spindle arrow

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This is the next project.

Not for the home!

Wear it!


I cut up a spindle into pieces.  Unlike the “feet” above for the tray, I was cutting up the whole thing instead of four pieces from an end.  So, to keep my fingers intact, I used the hand miter saw and a plastic miter box.  Then I lined the pieces up in order and sanded the cut ends.


Next, I set up a vice grip with a clamp to make a holder for the small pieces.  Then drilled a 1/8 inch hole through each piece.


Sorry for the fuzzy photo {I still snap bad pictures, but I’m learning!}  This photo was to remember the order of the pieces.  Little beads between help the pieces lay well.

Are you getting the idea of where this project is going??



A quick painting of the pieces using a “chalk-based” type of white paint was next.  Then “distressed” the paint using a wet paper towel.  I added a bit of soft green and lightly distressed.  To seal the finish, a clear wax brushed on and buffed does the trick.  This gives soft porcelain feel to the pieces.  The pieces have a soft beachy summer look.

Live tutorials

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Do you love the unexpected? This spindle turned into something quite unexpected!!! PLUS more ideas for old spindles.

The pieces were threaded onto jewelry wire and I added a silver chain and clasp.

Finished Necklaces

DIY necklace made from an old spindle with Pizzazz! EXTEMEMLY CREATIVE...or just different!

Voila!  A wood bead necklace.

I’m not a fashionista type of gal, but I like pretty and work boots.  This seems to fit both! 🙂


I gave the necklace to my friend as a thank you for all the spindles and friendship.  I’m planning to make more necklaces.


To keep my fingers, I made a jig to hold spindles.  A Drimel saw easily cuts the pieces.  Fast and safe.

Designing an architectural line of jewelry might be my next adventure.

Would you wear a spindle around your neck?  I would love your comments on this project below.  This is a bit outta the norm for me.  Thoughts??

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  1. Andi, Yep, vice grips! A DIYer girls’ best tool! Thanks for watching out for me. Vice grips as steering wheels…I don’t think I’ve seen that one. 🙂 Jeanette

  2. Andi Cacciatore says:

    I commented on your other spindle bead post, so you know I’m in love with your newest creation – but I just think these weathered beachy looking beads are gorgeous! I was wondering how you held onto the beads while you drilled them – necessity is the mother of a DIYer’s invention! (Vice grips also make a good steering wheel replacement for a tractor mower) Please keep those creative fingers intact!

  3. It’s adorable. Wood jewelry is very chic and high priced in many boutiques. I would wear it in a heartbeat. I am a very tal BBB ( big, beautiful woman) and love the look. I look funny with dainty so the clunkier the better! I want one

    1. Thank you Teresa for visiting the website! I’m not as tall as I wish I was, but I like clunky necklaces too! Thanks for the compliment. Jeanette

  4. I love it. And I am thrilled with it. The pictures actually don’t do it justice it is very pretty and so smooth. I am going to Cali in April and it will be a must with my outfits for the beach…. Thank You Jeanette.

  5. It is from the legs of a chair. The spindle that joins the legs together.
    I don’t think I would wear a spindle necklace. But I would use it as a garland. Or as tie backs for my curtains.
    Barbara Ann
    etsy.com /shop/barbaraannscreations

    1. Great idea Barbara!!! I love the tie back idea! I actually love big clunky necklaces and this one is actually smaller than many of my beaded ones. But It’s not for everyone! 🙂

      Love your etsy shop!


    1. Chris, I did think I lost my mind when I thought about making a necklace from one of the spindles! ~Jeanette

      1. chris aka monkey says:

        no your mind is intact and i do think it is adorable and i would wear one xx

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