Hey – who doesn’t have a spool or twenty of ribbon?
And…(since we know you have it) have you found a reasonable way to store it?
Once upon a time I had just a few spools and they weren’t so hard to manage.
Then I had a baby girl that I could hardly wait to start making bows for. And since I wanted every outfit to have a perfectly matched bow…
A craft here and a craft there that needed ribbon, and before I knew it, I had rolls and rolls of the stuff trailing out of cabinets and boxes.
And poor me when I’d pick up a full spool and it slipped out of my hand. There it would go, rolling across the floor, leaving a winding trail behind.
So I finally decided to store them in a basket. That worked until the basket got full and I had – you guessed it – more ribbon.
Of course I just stacked the newest spools on top and lamented my dilemma each time I needed some ribbon.
But now…things have changed!
And it all started with this embellished board that I found on the side of the road over the summer.
The poor, abandoned piece lay there for days.
Yes, it got the best of me and I picked it up, tossed it into the back of the van, and brought it home. I just loved the detail and design.
Every time I got in the van, I’d see it leaning against the wall of the garage, and wonder what I was going to do with it. I put in a few weeks of serious mental labor over this piece, wondering if I had maybe hauled something home that had bested me.
Until…a day I needed some ribbon.
Grab a saw and some paint…we’ve got a project!
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I started by cutting it into 3 separate pieces. (Okay, the real truth is I started by asking one of the boys to cut it into 3 separate pieces. BUT…I am happy to report that I’ve since learned to use that chop saw myself, and it’s not as tough as I thought!)
Then I gave each piece two coats of some leftover Sahara Desert Sand Glidden paint that I had picked up at Wal-Mart in the little “Grab-N-Go” sample canisters. I’ve used these sample sizes from Behr too and am pretty much hooked on them. It’s just enough paint for a project or two, without having to buy a whole can – love that!
Now that pattern was just too pretty to hide in the base paint, so I dry brushed it with Martha Stewart’s Tilled Soil Vintage Decor Paint. I love how it really brought out the design.
How convenient that each of the two long sections were exactly 3 feet long. It just so happens that a standard dowel rod is…3 feet long.
I gave them each a coat of paint and used adjustable curtain rod brackets to hold them in place, and after adding some hangers to the back, hung them on the wall of my crafting area.
(Real truth #2 – saws and drills are not my strongest skill sets. Neither are screws, nails and hammers. Those beautifully placed brackets = the work of my husband who does understand the ways of hammers, drills, and screws, and is patiently trying to teach me. 🙂 )
Of course I’ll need to keep a pair of scissors handy to cut all that ribbon, and the smaller piece that was in the middle of the board made a nice little rack to hang a pair from.
Now I have a fun and organized ribbon station beside my craft table and that lonely abandoned board is useful again.
And…I even have room for more ribbon! 🙂
What have you salvaged and made into something new? Leave a comment below and share your projects with us.
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