16 December 2015

Christmas Crafternoon: Floss Bobbin Ornaments for a Stitcher's Tree

We love Christmas trees. This year, we've got three in the living room, one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom, and one in my sewing room. Even if you're not a multiple tree household, you probably need a little stitcher's tree all to yourself. There are all kinds of things you can put on a stitcher's tree... scissors, needle packets, skeins of floss, spools of thread... anything sewing or stitching-related. You can put together a really cute tree without having to make a single thing! But if you want to make something, here's an idea for some quick and easy floss bobbin ornaments.

Floss Bobbin Ornaments

What you'll need:

*plastic floss bobbins

*glitter paint, glitter, sparkly stuff (the sparklier, the better)
*small Christmas/sewing embellishments, charms (the tiny scissors are from Hobby Lobby)

First, glitter up your bobbins (just the ends that will show) and anything else you want to sparkle. I used a glitter paint, and then because that just wasn't sparkly enough for me, I added glitter to the wet paint. Allow to dry. Super sparkly!

To attach charms or jingle bells or whatever, thread a snippet of floss through the charm and hot glue it to the bobbin. Trim the excess floss. Wind the rest of the floss onto the bobbin as you normally would. 

For variety, glue embellishments to other bobbins. My sewing room, which you can see here, is pink and green, so I wanted my ornaments to match.

And here's my tree!

Tree topper! One of these days I may get something fancier made, but this will do for now.

Photographs never do justice to a Christmas tree, but hopefully you can get an idea of the possibilities for your own stitcher's tree!


Today's recipe is a quick and easy mix that's nice to have on hand for yourself or to give as a gift. I make the low sugar version (you can't tell!), but you could easily substitute the real deal.

Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

1 1/3 c. Splenda

1 1/3 c. sugar-free French Vanilla powdered coffee creamer (8 oz. jar)
2/3 c. powdered instant dry milk
2/3 c. instant coffee

Mix well and store in an airtight container. For cappuccino, use about 1/8 c. of mix per mug of boiling water, or to taste.


Have a great day, everybody!


  1. Wow! Terrific idea, Honeybee! Where did you get the wooden scissor charms?

  2. How beautiful your tree is, HB! Such clever and sparkly ornaments. You certainly have a lot of trees! Wow!

  3. I am really enjoying your Crafternoon week. As soon as I saw the first picture, I knew it was going to be good. I love this idea but I also love the sweet little birds that you included throughout.

  4. What a clever idea! The colour scheme is beautiful.

  5. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, your tree is gorgeous!

  6. Great idea! I love the tape measure garland.