If you’re a crafter or if you just happen to have lots of ribbons for gift wrapping, decorating or whatever, this tutorial is for you. For the longest time I’ve had all my craft ribbons hanging with hooks on a pegboard. But each time I wanted to use any of the ribbons, the hooks would come loose from the pegboard and all the ribbons would fall to the floor into a giant mess.
Que a shoe box, a dowel and some fabrics and presto…a pretty idea to better store and access my ribbons!
Here’s what you’ll need.
A regular sized shoe box
A dowel – (I got mine at Michael’s in a package that were pre-cut to the perfect size.)
A pencil or pen
Step 1: Decide on how many openings you want. I chose 7 and measured them about 1.5 inches apart. Mark where your openings need to be with a pencil or pen. (Note, be sure to measure your openings high enough so your ribbon spools will hang on the dowel, but not so high that your openings will be covered by the lid.)
Step 2: Trace a small circle around each marked spot and cut it out with a utility knife. (Note…unless you are really good with a utility knife, your openings will probably not be perfect. Don’t worry though, perfection is not necessary here 😉
Step 3: Measure and cut out the side openings to hang your dowel.
Step 4: Measure and cut your fabric for the base of the ribbon box. I cut in a cross shape with the box in the center like shown below, with about 1″ space at all corners.
Step 5: Then you’re going to cut a line towards each corner like shown below.
Step 6: Spray glue on the bottom of the box, each of the sides and the inside lip and gently cover with fabric making sure it all lays flat and folds over without any bumps or imperfections.
Step 7: Since your openings are already cut, find them behind the fabric, make sure the fabric is tight and cut an opening out of the fabric with your utility knife. For any loose material, push it through the opening and glue it to the inside to make it look as finished as possible. Repeat for all openings.
Step 8: Repeat the cutting and gluing of fabric for the lid with either the same fabric or a different color and texture as I’ve done here.
Step 9: Place ribbons on dowel and insert dowel into side openings. Pull ribbon ends through openings and place lid over top.
And you’re done. Cute, huh?
Now I feel a little more organized. Hope this helps you get that way too!
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