If you were lucky enough to get a fancy wine or spirit gift for Christmas you might have one of these lying around. Nice wines are often boxed to make them a fancier gifts, and these simple, rustic boxes are perfect for turning into ribbon holders.
|Mmm the port was nice, and I was already using the box to 'store' ribbon!|
- 1 wine/spirit/port gift box. Ensure that it's a real wooden box with a decent thickness. Thin/laminated similar boxes may not work.
- Length of wooden dowling about 6-8cm longer than the length of the box. Many diameters are available and you should buy a diameter that fits the hole in the centre of the smallest of your ribbon bobbins or spools. Lengths of dowling can be bought fairly cheaply at any good DIY store.
- Drill bit that fits the diameter of the dowling. I used a 12mm dowling and drilled a hole of a 13mm diameter. This meant that the dowling isn't too tight a fit and can slide in and out quite easily. If you are keen on DIY or know someone who is, chances are they will have a box of a selection of sizes of drill bits. Otherwise, you can again buy them at a DIY store.
1. First, make sure that the majority of all your ribbon spools will fit in your new ribbon box like so. My port box will be I assume a fairly standard size, and it fits these 8cm diameter spools comfortably.
|Can't believe those fit so well. It was meant to be!|
3. Very carefully drill your marked holes. Please ensure you are comfortable with doing this and are doing it safely, or ask someone else to do this bit for you. It doesn't take very long at all! Ensure you do it over some newspaper or outside, as a surprising amount of sawdust can be generated! I put this off for ages because I was dreading having to rummage around in the 'cupboardunderthestairs'. However, the Husbandbot decided to put up a new curtain rail over Christmas, so I just handed him the marked box and it was done in minutes. Perfect timing!
|Neatly done husbandbot!|
5. Insert your dowling into one side of the box, then angle it so you can load on the spools. Then simply insert the other end of the dowling into its hole and you are finished!
|Load those lovely ribbons!|
|Ooooo what shall I make next?|
- You can also get double winebox giftsets, so you could make a double decker ribbon holder box! Enjoy the wine first though (responsibly of course), don't just toss them out to make your ribbon holder!
- These boxes sometimes come with a perspex cover that slips into grooves on the front of the box. I'm pretty sure I threw out the one for this box a while ago, but it would be a great way of keeping your ribbons dust free!
- Also, my box already had a little piece of rope to hang the box up. If you're short of shelf or desk space, there's no reason why this couldn't hang on a wall or door somewhere.
I also have lots of loose lengths of ribbon and would like to buy more empty cardboard spools to put them on. A quick internet search has not been forthcoming. Does anyone know there I can source these?
|Ribbon spools I need you!|