How to turn an empty spool of ribbon into a rustic light
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How to turn an empty spool of ribbon into a rustic light

Hey, Friends! I am super excited about today’s craft because it turned out so stinking cute! If you are a crafter like me then I am sure you go through tons of ribbon! As I went to throw one of these empty spools away, I got a genius idea! So today I am going to show you how to turn an empty spool of ribbon into a rustic light! I already have mine sitting in my kitchen and it looks adorable!


  • Empty spool of ribbon
  • Battery operated candle 
  • Black chalky paint (I used crazy crow from A frayed knot paint line)
  • Paint brushes 
  • cinnamon 
  • Mod Podge 
  • White chalk paint 
  • rusty wire – If you don’t have rusty wire try using some twine! 
  • Greenery 
  • Spanish moss 
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks 

How to: 

Step 1: First unscrew the light bulb from the candle. You can now unscrew the bottom gold part of the candle and discard of it. I am using battery operated window candles from Walmart. 

Step 2: Paint the candle with the black chalky paint. You will need two coats. Allow to dry. 

Step 3: Paint the candle with Mod Podge and sprinkle cinnamon on it. Next, dip your brush in the Mod Podge and tap it over the cinnamon. I recommend pouring some Mod Podge in an old dish so you don’t get cinnamon all through your Mod Podge container.  Make sure you don’t Mod Podge shut the part where the batteries go, if you do just gently unscrew it. You also want to make sure you don’t get cinnamon or Mod Podge in the part where the batteries go.. I held it down to avoid this. You will probably have to do the top half and wait 24 hours for it to dry before doing the bottom half. Make sure the candle is completely dry before putting it into the spool.

Step 4: Screw the light bulb back on to the candle and add batteries. 

Step 5: Paint the empty ribbon spool with white chalk paint. You will need two coats. Allow it to dry completely. Using a blow dryer or heat gun will help to speed up this process. 

Step 6: Using a chip brush, dip it in the crazy crow chalky paint, brush some off and begin to dry brush the empty spool. Allow to dry. 

Step 7: Take some rusty wire and wrap it around the spool. I use rebar wire and rust it at home. You can find rebar wire at Lowe’s or Home Depot in with the cement. And to rust it just google how to rust wire and you should find something.  If you don’t have rusty wire you could try some twine instead! 

Step 8: Add some greenery around the spool. This makes the spool look old and like moss or weeds are growing up it, in my opinion. 



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