Spooky Spools

creature-featureDesigner: Lisa Storms

Turn spools into ghouls using embroidery floss, cardstock, and punches.


  • Wooden thread spools
  • Embroidery floss: lime green (green monster), black (cat),
    orange (pumpkin), white (mummy and skeleton), turquoise and purple (one-eyed monster)
  • Cardstock: black, white, gold, purple, red, blue
  • Crafts glue
  • Two miniature corks
  • Silver acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Assorted circle punches
  • Old book page
  1. Using embroidery floss in desired color, hold end of floss against side of wooden spool shaft. Wrap floss around spool, covering the beginning of the floss to secure. Continue wrapping until shaft is completely covered, or if making stripes, change colors and fill in desired areas.

Give Jack his grinning personality by cutting small face shapes from black cardstock. Roll up a small piece cut from a book page, and push it into the hole for a pumpkin stem; tie on green floss for a vine.

one-eyed-monsterONE-EYED MONSTER
Scare up a crazy hairdo with a 12″-length of lime-green embroidery floss tucked into the spool hole. Use circle punches for the eye, and cut the mouth shapes from colored cardstock.

green-monsterGREEN MONSTER
It’s alive! Brush tiny corks with silver paint for this scary guy’s neck bolts. Add punched circles for eyes, and cut the stitches and mouth from colored cardstock.

No bones about it, this tiny skeleton is ready for Fright Night. Add black cardstock facial features, then give her a feminine touch with a purple hair bow cut from cardstock.

This guy may be all wrapped up, but he still has plenty of personality. Crisscross the floss wraps to create an opening for a pair of punched- circle eyes.

black-catBLACK CAT
No bad luck here! Knot and glue a length of white floss for cat whiskers. Punch circles for eyes; then punch them again to get the desired shapes. Add black cardstock- triangle ears.

Cute Mother’s Day Card



Paper punches and washi tape are the cutest accents to this easy Mother’s Day card!




  1. Fold each piece of cardstock in half to form a 4×6″ and 3×5″ rectangle. Center the white cardstock on top of the yellow cardstock piece, aligning the folds; glue in place.



2. Cover a piece of cardstock with washi tape. Using paper punches, cut out washi tape shapes for your  card (we used heart and “love” punches). Glue the shapes to your card and add washi tape corner accents as shown in the top image.


Mother’s Day Photo Gift


Need a fast gift for Mother’s Day? Kids and adults will love making these fun photo frames! Get creative with washi tape and your fave pics for a quick present Mom will treasure!



  • Washi tape in a variety of colors
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors (we used the Fiskars Duck Edition Scissors, which have non-stitck blades to easily cut tape)



  1. Cover craft sticks with strips of washi tape. Trim the ends with scissors.


2. To make the top photo frame, arrange four covered craft sticks in a square. Glue the sticks in place where they overlap and let dry. Tape or glue a picture to the back for a retro photo display.



3. To make the bottom frame, cut a piece of cardstock big enough to fit the amount of craft sticks you’re using. Glue covered craft sticks to the cardstock and let dry. Attach mini clothespins to the top using glue. Clothespin a picture to the frame for a fun gift.


TIP: Want to make these as cute fridge decor? Simple attach a magnet to the back of the frame!

What are you making with washi tape? Share pics with us on Instagram using #MIYmaglife!

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