{Tutorial} Orange Crate Ribbon Holder

February 23, 2011

I've several spools of ribbon, wire, and tape that have been floating around the craft room and making mess!

So I turned an orange crate into a handy little holder!

You will need:
  • a wooden crate (I used a 5lb clementine crate)
  • wooden dowels or unused knitting needles
  • a nail, Xacto knife, screwdriver, or other sharp object
  • paper
  • Modge Podge
  • paintbrush
  • your collection of ribbons, wires, tapes, or anything else on spools

Step One: Eat the clementines. (This is the yummiest part).

Step Two: Poke some holes in the crate.
This is the most difficult part. I used an Xacto knife and an old nail. Smarter people can use a screwdriver.
Make sure that the holes line up and that your dowel/knitting needle can fit through it.

Step The Third: Prepare your paper...
 We have many pretty papers but I was in love with the Asian designs on some of my fabric. So I photocopied the fabric. 'Cause it works. Just let the ink dry completely.
The Fourth Step: Mod Podge the paper on.
Paint a layer of glue on the crate. Press the paper on and get rid of bubbles. Let it dry for 2 minutes and then paint on a top coat of glue.
You could use a different glue but Mod Podge would work the best.

Step Five: Slide the ribbon on!

Here you can see that I used a knitting needle in the middle. This works wonderfully if you don't have wooden dowels on hand. 

Enjoy your ribbon holder!

I use mine for more than just ribbon-- tape, wire, and even a bobbin are all on there. Just wait until we unpack that other box of craft supplies. Mom has many spools of ribbon!

Tip: A small bit of Scotch tape or a sewing pin go a long way. Use it to keep your ribbon attached to the spool. (Unless you are itching for a mess to clean up, that is!)
Let me know if you try this tutorial! Leave a link in the combox (comments box) with a link to your own blog post or to a picture! 

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  2. Pink Scarf-- Thanks! I actually have that one already (awww) but I'll go update that postt to include you. ^_^

  3. Great idea! I think we al have this problem....it's the messy ribbon syndrome. I need to do something w/ mine too.

  4. Oooh this is a great idea! I know what I'm buying the next time I hit the grocery store! Some clementines in a box! Thanks for sharing!


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