Ribbon Holder

 As soon as I saw this plinth sitting on a table at a yard sale, I knew exactly what it was destined to become - A Ribbon Holder!  
Trust me, I don't always have this much clarity when shopping, but this time I did!  The price was definitely right, so it came home with me.

Welcome to the 'Do It Over' Designers blog hop. We are a group of bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY.  I'm happy to host this hop and I hope you'll visit everyone to see what they have to share with you.  Their links will be listed at the end of this post.

Back to the project...
A little measuring with spools of ribbon showed me I could get 4 dowels on this plinth with ease.  I bought 4 dowels: a 1/2", a 3/8", and two 5/16" and marked the spots with pencil before drilling the holes. Sorry, no pic.  I haven't mastered drilling and taking photos at the same time yet!  
The reason for the different sized dowels was based on the holes in the spools of ribbon.  I didn't want the larger ones flopping around.  Neatness counts, right?
The bottom needed a little TLC:
Some wood putty and sanding took care of that!
Out came the Peacock paint since it's for the Craft Room!
I used wax on this, clear wax and then dark, buffing until I got the color I wanted.  This picture shows the difference:
   The 4 dowels were stained with antiquing medium and sealed with polycrylic. 
 Before attaching the dowels, I attached a piece of felt to the base.  
How's that for color matching?  
Trust me, it will never happen again! Ha!

The four dowels were tapped into the drilled holes and not glued for two reasons.  It's easier to disassemble for moving (remember, we're renting right now) and if one should break, replacement will be much easier!
The ribbon was added and it was placed on the floor for a pic.
Look at all that ribbon!  
No, I do not have a ribbon problem, there's still have room for more!
The view from a different angle.
The 11 spools right in front are from a Hallmark Store that was closing.  I bought them for 25¢ each. Yes, there used to be more, but I used some of it. 

OK, maybe I DO have a ribbon problem, but I now have great storage for it!
How do you store your ribbon?



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Comments

  1. Ann, super creative, as usual. I love the color and your grand ribbon collection. I have my spools jammed into a few large ziploc bags. I think I need a holder, too. Thanks for the fun hop!!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. This is so much better than the box I had to sift through every time I needed some ribbon. Thanks for being a part of this hop!

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  2. Wow, that's a perfect solution Ann! And no, you do not have a ribbon problem lol!

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    1. Thanks, Sara. I guess ribbon is never a problem!

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  3. I love this ribbon storage idea for its' simplicity, Ann! You certainly had your thinking cap on for this one! It's also a great way to store wrapping paper, too! Unfortunately, I have lots and lots of ribbon that I keep in bins, on shelves and in clear trash bags! I can truly say, I'm the one with a ribbon problem, lol!

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    1. Thank you, Gail. My ribbon was in a box and I could never find what I needed. It sounds like you could use a couple of these!

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  4. Wow, that's so cool and such a great idea!

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    1. It's definitely better that what I had previously. Thanks, Tania!

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  5. I made this very same thing quite a few years ago - great minds think alike! My only challenge was everytime I wanted to grab a spool of ribbon for a project, it was always on the bottom!! I also love ribbon and just sold a huge bag of leftovers at a garage sale!

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    1. That's so funny, Patti! Great minds, for sure. I'm trying to use the ribbon right off the holder...so far, so good!

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  6. Ann, I love it when you see something a know exactly what can be done with it. This is a great craft and very pretty as well as useful. Creating it to break down makes for easy storage. Thanks for pulling another fun blog hop together!
    Rachelle

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    1. Thank you, Rachelle. That kind of clarity doesn't always happen, but when it does....

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  7. What an awesome idea! So much nicer and easier to see than to have those ribbons spools in a drawer.

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    1. Now I can see exactly what I have - so much better than the previous box of ribbon!

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  8. Love how clear your vision was and you nailed it. Fab job! Enjoying reading all our hop posts today.

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    1. Thank you, Rachel. I'm so glad you've joined us!

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  9. Excellent idea! It's perfect because it's vertical and doesn't take up a lot of space. Lots of success today with all the hop participants.

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    1. Very true, Allyson, and space is always an issue, isn't it? It was a wonderful hop. Thanks for being part of it!

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  10. Great idea Ann, I think I was more jealous seeing all the cool ribbons you have. You are a true crafter lol

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    1. Thank you, Anita. I guess I love ribbon!

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  11. Ribbon problem? Nah! Bona fide crafter with an enviable stash of pretty ribbon, Yes! ...and a clever, functional, and pretty way to store it now too!!

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    1. Thanks, Marie! I guess you can never have too much ribbon??

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  12. I'm finding it hard to look at the ribbon holder as I'm so taken by your magnificent ribbon collection! I'm not at all jealous, just happy for you - honest!
    Serious though, this is a lovely storage solution :-)

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  13. What a fantastic idea Ann! My ribbon is all stuffed in a bin and I can never find what I'm looking for! I'm wishing for the umpteenth time that I had your vision!!

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Mine was in a box and digging through it was a nightmare!

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  14. What a genius idea! The ribbon holder is both decorative and utilitarian with definite organizational overtones! And you did it all for almost NO $$ !!
    Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 20.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I love a bargain and necessity certainly is the mother of invention!

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  15. What a genius idea!! I have so much ribbon and have a hard time storing it. I'll have to give this a try!

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    1. I do hope you'll try it, Michelle. This has turned out to be a great solution for me.

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  16. Love this! Such an easy and adorable craft for ribbon!

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    1. Thank you. It's been a great solution for ribbon storage!

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  17. I need one of these! I have ribbons in boxes all over my craft room and of course forget what I actually have. Such a great idea.

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    1. I had them in a couple of boxes, too! This is SO much better, Donna. I can see what I have with just a glance.

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  18. This is such a great idea! I'll be making one of these for my craft room for sure! I'm featuring your post tomorrow on Crafty Creators, then over the next week I'll feature it on social media. Pinned!
    XOXO,
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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    1. Thanks, Niki! It really is a great solution for storing ribbon.

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  19. This is brilliant! I have ribbon stashed here, there, and everywhere--I love this solution!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Thank you so much, Richella. I was in the same situation and this was the perfect solution for me!

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