This will be a perfect post for you if you are thinking to organize your ribbons and tapes after all that wrapping you did for the holidays.I was organizing my ribbons with a coffee stirrer and a piece of foam.(as shown) My ribbon collection kept growing over the year and I ended up having two sticks full of ribbons and also some more washi tape I won in the Scotch Contest . So, time has come to find out the solution for this. I searched for some ribbon organizers but couldn't find any that suits me (Some were too big and some were too small) so I decided to make my own to fit my collection of ribbons and tapes .Here is how.
Step 1: Materials Required
- A cardboard box ( I Scored mine for free at Costco).
- Utility knife
- Wood dowel -3 (each 48" length)(Got mine at Home depot for $2.87 total)
- Ruler and pencil
- Glue gun & Glue sticks
- Acrylic paint and brush of your choice
Step 2: Marking and Cutting of Cardboard Pieces
Picture 1 is the cardboard box I got at costco. I used the center part alone to make this organizer.Mark and cut the cardboard pieces.
For sides : Length --> 22"
Width --> 3"
Top & Bottom : Length --> 15"
Width --> 3"
Corner joining pieces : Length --> 4"
Width --> 3"
Step 3: Marking the Divisions and Slits
Divide the lengthwise panels equally (For the mentioned length, it comes to 5 divisions)Now mark the slits for the dowels to go. To do this, Mark the center of each division and draw a two diagonal lines of 0.75 inches (approx 45 degrees) touching the edges.(as shown)
Step 4: Cutting of Slits
Cut the slits with utility knife .
Step 5: Gluing
Glue the cardboard pieces. First glue them on the corners and leave it to dry. Then fold the corner joining pieces into half and glue them in the corners for extra stability.
To hang them to the wall , cut two cardboard pieces and make a hole in the center and glue them to the top corners.
Step 7: Painting
Paint them in color of your choice. Cut the wood dowels each measuring 20 inches.(Wood dowels were 48 inches each ).And also paint them .Once the paint is dry.You are ready to use your wonderful creation !. Arrange your ribbon spools and tapes on your new organizer and be amazed .
I used command hooks to hang them on the wall.I initially thought of adding a small bin at the bottom to hold the bits of ribbons but then I did not have extra place so I omitted. (I sometimes take enough of ribbon to tie a bow and then have a lengthy left over so I will preserve them hoping someday I will put them into use like adding accents to the cards or gift wrapping.)
What do you think of this organizer ? I only spent for the wood dowel which were around $2.87 (for 3) and the cardboard piece were totally free. Oh ya ! Paints and glue I already had.(Isn't it a must in a crafter's supplies) So ,totally under $3 is what I spent for making this wonderful organizer.