Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cheap & Easy Ribbon Solution

I've been trying to find a method for storing/displaying ribbon.  I'm converting the shelves in our bedroom to craft storage; It seems I'm outgrowing the laundry room.

When I say cheap, I really mean it.  If you use your 40% off coupons at Hobby Lobby, each ribbon holder comes out to under $1.  Awesome, right?  Here's how I did it:

Get some of these
1/4" x 12" wood dowels

And something to use for a base
Here I am marking where the center is.  Not really... I'm not left handed but this is the only way I could get a picture.

After marking where you're going to make the hole for the dowel, be sure to put a thick piece of wood (or in my case another base) under the piece you're drilling.  You don't want to end up with a hole in your kitchen floor if you accidentally drill too far.
I numbered them just so you could see there are two stacked.

Go ahead and drill a hole with a 1/4" bit if you are using a 1/4" dowel.
Grumble about how you wished you had a drill press, then realize for the first time in over 10 years of owning your drill that it has one of these
A bubble level!  Who knew?  OK, maybe I don't need a drill press.

Here it is after I drilled the hole.  I'd say I went about 75% of the way through, but anywhere between halfway and not quite all the way through the piece of wood will do.

Put your dowel in to make sure it fits OK and then put a dab of wood glue or hot glue or whatever kind of glue you want in the hole.

Fit your dowel in and voila!  A ribbon holder!
Now they're ready to be painted

This is my favorite paint for crafty projects and small murals
You can get it mixed in just about any color for around $5.  I am doing a lot of small items in the living room and bedroom in this yellow

Any type of paint will work, but I wanted to let you know about the ridiculously cheap custom color quarts you can get at Sherwin Williams.  Now get painting!

And here it is all done
Supa easy!  No more digging through bins to find the ribbon I'm looking for.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be linking this up at various blogs this week; Check out the link party tab in the sidebar if you're looking to blog hop.

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  1. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Great idea, I may have to make a few for myself!
    ~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  3. great idea! I have some of those dowel rods already..maybe i'll pick up a base and make one!

  4. i need this. thanks for the tutorial!

  5. That's a great idea!

  6. Awesome! I've been trying to figure out how to store my ribbon supply--this looks great!

  7. Thanks - this is a great idea. I love that colour yellow.

  8. I love this idea! It's great storage solution and a pretty way of displaying them! Thanks for sharing.
    Make sure to stop by for Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

  9. I'm in the process of redoing the sewing room. This will really help with the "what to do with the ribbon" problem. Great that the ribbon is stored yet visible. Thanks.

  10. Oh what a good idea! I'll have to make some of these for my masses of ribbon. Love your blog - I'm a new follower :)

  11. How creative, simple, and beautiful! I need about 3 of these in my new office/ craft room, maybe I will try!

  12. Great idea! You think maybe I could use a long rectangular base and put more than one dowel on it? Might have to try that. :o)

  13. What a great idea to organize my ribbon mess! I would also LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} linky's going on now! And, I'm your newest follower! =)


  14. So cute! I really wish I had enough ribbon to fill one of these but all I've got is about 3 rolls. But hey, it's another excuse to buy more ribbon :) I have a HUGE drill press sitting in my garage and let me tell you, it just takes up space! I think I'll have to make one of these, though. Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower :)

  15. I did something almost identical - it works so great don't you think?! I always hated the way my ribbons were all over the place! Great job!

  16. very cute!!! i love this idea:)

  17. This is such a clever idea! I am working on a solution to put into my cabinet.. and it is pretty similar to this! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  18. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  19. Yay! You came! Thanks for joining us at the party :)

  20. Very cool, thanks for posting! I have my ribbon stuffed in boxes, but now I have favorited this to do soon. I saw you at Homemaker on a Dime's blog hop. I'm your newest follower, too. If you have time, come drop by.

  21. Perfectly brilliant! Thank you for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me...". I'm featuring your post on my FB page!



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