From thread spools, we go to fun and creative Cable Spool DIYs. Cable or wire spools are those cylindrical things around which cables or wires in the hardware store are... well, stored. When the store runs out of cable or wire, these spools are thrown out. In other words, you can get one (or two) for free for making one of these cable spool DIY projects. Craigslist is also a great resource for free cable spools.
Aren't these cute? These would look great in a kid's room, especially if you use bright and colorful fabric for the top part. To make these, Heather simply spray painted the spools, placed several layers of foam mattress pads on top, covered them with fabric, and added ric rac for trim.