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My college age son and I talked about ideas for the instructables Secret Compartment and Doors contest on a recent walk. When I got home and started wrapping Christmas presents, I realized ribbon spools would make a great secret container. I was so excited that I woke up my son to share my idea. Of course, my husband helped with construction tips.

This container would make a great prank holiday gift. I plan to wrap my daughter's Christmas money in the one I made with my son's and husband's help.

When I went to wrap my daughter's gift, I noticed my container was slightly loose. I added a rubber band for a tighter fit.
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Step 1: Materials

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2 Spools of ribbon
Cardboard (e.g., back of a legal pad)
Construction paper that matches the color of the inside of the ribbon spool (optional)
Rubber band (optional)

I used two identical spools of ribbon. If you use different spools, make sure the sizes and descriptions on the spools match so the secret is maintained.

Step 2: Supplies

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Styrofoam scrap block
2 Thread spools
Soup can for weight
Tomato paste can for weight

Step 3: Tools

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Exacto knife
Letter opener
Tacky glue
Glue stick
Fine sandpaper
Clear tape

Step 4: Take ribbon spools apart

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Roll the ribbon from each ribbon spool onto an empty thread spool.

Decide what side will be the top of the container; this is referred to as the top side. I used the side that described the ribbon as my top (e.g., 15 feet craft ribbon).

Decide what side will be the bottom of the container. I used the side with the bar code and bow directions for the bottom side

Using an Exacto knife and/or letter opener, gently detach the core from both sides on one spool.

From the other spool, remove the bottom side only. The ribbon core remains attached to the top side. This is the top of the secret container.

Lightly sand the edges of ribbon cores to remove any remaining glue and paper.

Step 5: Prepare new inside core for container bottom

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Cut about a 1/2" piece from the detached core. Measure and adjust until the rolled piece will fit snugly inside the container top, top side with the core attached.

Tape the ends of the new inside core together.
Mayakelkar1 year ago

It was definately a fun way to add humor to Christmas morning :)

lvaladezjr1 year ago
very cool idea!
that is amazing