I have two big mason jars full of embroidery thread, this is the one from last year and I’m keeping one this year as well. I was doing monthly posts about my ORT jars but that kind of fell by the wayside, though I am still filling mine up. I’ve been wanting to do something with the threads so I’ve been keeping these jars around.
I got some fillable plastic ornaments from Michael’s. There are also glass ones available and I actually think they might be cheaper, but Mira tends to take ornaments off the tree so I wanted to stick with plastic. You can get them on Amazon as well – Darice 1105-96 Plastic Ball Ornament, 70mm, Clear , Pack of 12
Just take the top off and fill it with the embroidery threads. The larger ornament I was able to get my finger into easily enough to push it around, but the smaller one I needed to use a chopstick to pack it in.
I really loved making these because I could identify specific projects when I would get to a layer of threads, so it was a trip down a stitchy memory lane!
I really love how they look on the tree, but it didn’t make much of a dent in my ORT jar from last year. I still have a ton of thread left, plus all the thread from this year. Thankfully I have another project in mind, though it’ll have to wait until after Christmas!
Ooh, I’ll have to wait and see what your next project is… I store my threads as well (it’s easier than corralling them just to throw them away!) but I don’t like the idea of Christmas tree ornaments, so maybe I’ll like your other idea better!
I hated throwing away so many colorful bits and so I loved the TUSAL. But the year ended and I couldn’t bear to part with the scraps!
I made one of these this year too! Great minds think alike!
Kelsea Echo says
I made something similar a while back – hollow glass ornaments filled with different Christmas ribbons. So fun!
Ooh I bet those were super cute!
What a great idea, I had not thought of keeping threads:)
The jar started off as just a convenient way of keeping them all together so they wouldn’t end up all over my house. But then I couldn’t bear to throw them out because they were just so pretty! 🙂
I LOVE this idea!! My friend and I are collaborating on an ort jar together and this would be a nice thing to do once our jar is full!!