Instructions on making a true French beret. Including the fact, they are in French. However my rusty French has gotten an upgrade this past year. Sewing is far easier than Knitting to translate directions.
DIY: Thread Spool box- you could just use an old shoe box and then cut out a rectangle that fit the bottom. Put your desired amount of nails into it, and glue the rectangle with nail's head on the bottom down. Then paint the box.