Cotton Reel Sign Holders!

When I take my toys to a market or fair I’m always trying to think of new ways to display them and items that I can take with me to make my stall more interesting. A mini sewing machine nearly always comes along and my set of mini drawers to hold mini monsters is essential! Today I thought I would share with you a great way of displaying little signs on your stall, which could be used to give your customer a bit more information about the lovely things you make or simply to indicate prices.

Cotton Reel Sign HoldersTo make your very own set of cotton reel sign holders you will need a selection of wooden cotton reels, a workbench and a saw. I used a hacksaw because I wanted to get a fine cut. You can leave the thread on the reel or wind it off, like I have done. Pop your cotton reel in your workbench to hold it steady, but don’t over tighten it because you will leave marks. Gently cut your slit in the top, taking care not to rip the paper label.

Cotton reel sign holdersYou can cut your slits at different angles to make an interesting set. I avoided the names of the colours because I think this is a really interesting detail! You could varnish the paper labels if you liked with a little bit of watered down PVA glue to keep them in place.

Cotton Reel Sign HoldersYou could also use them as place settings, especially if you are planning a handmade wedding! We cut up some branches for our place settings so that they matched our wooden centrepieces. Happy Making!

If you fancy making your own sign holders then you can buy some useful supplies from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!




  1. What a great idea! I have some old cotton reels of my grandmothers and have been thinking of ways to use them. xx

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