Like I explained here, each week this month I'm going to highlight something that comes on a roll. The first "on a roll" item that came to my mind was.....
I haven't been a huge ribbon collector, but I have enough that I needed to find a simple way to organize it. I'm not big on repackaging items just for pretty, so I went looking for something simple, functional and cheap. I also have one more base criteria for any storage solution: it can't make dusting more complicated than it already is, because I have a hard enough time keeping up with cleaning. I don't need more things to dust!
I found this solution on Pinterest and decided it would be a great solution for me:
|Example from Halsey at Spunky Junky, |
|Plenty of room to grow and add more dowels.|
I also tend to collect ribbons from packaging and other sources that don't come on a roll. My solution to make them work in my organizer? A tube from a waxed paper package. That allows me to spin it on the dowel as needed. You could cut the tube and use it for each roll, but I decided to keep it simple and just unroll the ribbon I need at the time.
Added appeal for me: This size (16" long x 13" wide x 7" deep) fit perfectly into an Expedit cube. I bought mine a few years ago at WalMart, and I believe there's a deeper version (same size) out there, too. If you can't find that exact basket, look for another brand or a small laundry basket with holes.
Like I said, I'm not repackaging ribbons that come in other forms, like wrapped around a card, just to make them work in my basket. But if I end up with remnants or the end of the package, I'll tuck them onto one of these rolls.
I used 5/8 inch dowel, and it fits snug into the holes in my size Sterilite bin. If you wanted your dowels to spin, you'd need something a bit smaller.
I plan to do another basket for gift wrap ribbons when I tackle that giftwrap project this summer.
Now I need to go USE some of that pretty, neatly organized ribbon! Later this week I'll post a couple of examples.