a ribbon intervention




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Back in December, I told you I was going to show you a ribbon intervention. Well, I was 9 months pregnant~didn't happen. So, with the Michael's craft boxes on sale this week for $1.67, I thought this would be the perfect time. Here is the Martha Stewart ribbon box that inspired me. $18? Not so inspirational. Let's see if we can do better...

photo by Martha Stewart Crafts
Part of my ribbon stash. Also not so inspirational...
Take your craft box and place rolls of ribbon in it. I used my red, pink, and cream fat rolls in this one. You want them snug so they won't be sliding around, but not tight. They will need to have room to roll when you pull yuor ribbon out of the side. How did I get those nifty little holes?

Ladies, start your drills! I had marked the box where my ribbon was and just drilled along the side. If are making a box of skinnier ribbon, you'll obviously need to make more holes and closer together. If you've never used a drill, get acquainted with yours today. Power tools are your friend! If you can use a hand mixer in the kitchen, you can use a drill. Ask the man in your life if he can show you how to make some holes in your box using a 3/8" drill bit. He'll be impressed. Now, when you go to get your ribbon, you just pull out the length you need, cut it, and everything stays nice and neat. If you go to Michael's and they don't have the boxes in colors you want, buy them anyway at the sale price and you can exchange them later when they get more in. If they're out, you can get a rain check.

Works for me... have a great Wednesday and happy April Fools!





24 comments:

  1. Well aren't you clever!:) Thanks for the reminder about Michaels!! My ribbon--beyond unispirational, try total nightmare!! Can't wait for you to visit so some of you can rub off on me!:)

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  2. What a great project! I too need a ribbon intervention. I have an entire drawer in my kitchen buffet that houses all my ribbon. It's getting a bit out of control.

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  3. Great idea! I have seen Martha's ribbon boxes and loved them but haven't been willing to part with $18! :)

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  4. Nifty, useful and clever. What a great idea.

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  5. Great idea! I should be doing this myself.

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  6. Great idea and weekend project. Thanks for the tip.
    Sandra

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  7. I love it - now I just want some more cute ribbon to put it in. :)

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  8. perfect solution . . . can't wait to get my ribbong organized!

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  9. I'd have to have a SUPERSIZED one made for me!

    I love the idea! Thanks!

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  10. Great idea! It will work great in my craft/scrap space!

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  11. I absolutely need this! Thanks for the "how to"!

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  12. Fabulous idea! Because of my impulsive ribbon buying (and scrap saving) my husband wants me to find some sort of Ribbon Rehab or a Twelve-Step Program of some sort. This may just be the perfect compromise! Thank you!

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  13. Wow, what a great idea! I have all of my ribbons jammed into a ziplock bag, it's really frightening *L*

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  14. A few posts back you pictured some great deals in yard sales, one being a cheeseboarad with glass lid. Well I found one today at DI for $1 and picked it up because I know whatever you do to yours I will LOVE. I LOVE all the fun things you do for cheap. It's like magic!!

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  15. lol, a ribbon intervention! Looks great. I need to get confident using the drill, so I'm not always asking for help.

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  16. THANK YOU!!! I have SO much ribbon that I am constantly winding. LOVE IT! LOVE YOU!

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  17. Great idea. Now I need to boost my ribbon stash so that I actually NEED a box for it. :)

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  18. I really appreciate cost efficient & useful projects. Thanks for sharing! This is great :)

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  19. You always have crafty suggestions! I love the project and I love the idea about exchange the box later if they are out of the color you want - Great out of the "box" thinking!

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  20. oh great idea! i'll have to try it. thanks for sharing!

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  21. Very neat! :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  22. Love this idea! My mother-in-law gave me about six of these boxes for Christmas and I haven't gotten around to filling them yet, but now I know how I'm going to use at least two!

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  23. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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