I don't know about you, but this is what my ribbon storage looks like. (Well, until today that is...) I decided to do something about it.
I found a couple really fun, easy and inexpensive ideas to wrangle my ribbon. The first one came from a picture of a product in a catalog that I received at my house. When I saw it I showed it to my hubby. His immediate response, "You could make that." Thanks honey. Sometimes I forget that I have the tools and capabilities to do this stuff!
I made a run to M's this morning to spend some Christmas money and found the bits and pieces that I needed for next to nothing. The little wooden base was $1.99 and the dowel pieces were $2.99. (I had a 40% off coupon but I used it on another little crafty gadget.) If I can do this so can you. Here is how I made my own ribbon spindle:
I started by marking the center of the wooden base.
I measured the depth of the wooden base....
... then used masking tape to mark a stopping point that was 1/4" shallower than the depth of the base on the drill bit. (I didn't want to drill all the way through the base.)
To put the spindle together I simply placed the dowel into the hole and then used a screw through the bottom hole to secure it into place. Most of the bolts of ribbon I had fit beautifully, but I had a few that needed to go onto the spindle but didn't fit. Grrr! (See that red one up there...? It didn't originally fit.)
For those pesky bolts that have a smaller hole here's my quick fix for that... Just take the bolt and feed it onto a pair of standard adult-size scissors. Then twist adding a bit of pressure. The pressure of the metal edge of the scissors scraping around the hole will make the hole larger. You'll want to flip the bolt over and repeat to clean up the hole on the other side.
Next... For those near-empty bolts that only have a small bit of ribbon left on them I found this idea:
Like a gathering of ladies all dressed in their finery. (How cute is that?!! )
I hope if you're struggling to keep your ribbons under control that one of these ideas will work for you.