This was so helpful to me!! And…INEXPENSIVE!!
I recently bought a Martha Stewart ribbon holder box thingy from Michael’s that retailed for $18. I used a coupon and took that thing home only to spend an hour trying to get all my ribbon in it and fighting with how much it unraveled. It was a mess; just take my word for it. I returned that piece of junk and decided to make my own FOR LESS MONEY!!
I realized that the problem with the Martha Stewart ribbon box was that it didn’t have little holes to separate the ribbon that was coming out of it. Basically, the dowel would just spin out all of the ribbon. So, I knew the design below would be what I needed.
Here are the supplies I used:
- I bought 2 different size dowels from Michael’s – to hold different sizes of ribbon
- Crop A Dile Big Bite – to punch the holes and set the silver eyelets I used
- Photo Box – I got from Hobby Lobby for $2 (on sale! :D)
- Eyelets, Hot Glue Gun, Cardboard (I got from a package of stuff I received from PaperTrey Ink.com)
Here’s How I Did It:
First, I put the ribbon on the dowels to make sure they would fit and to get them out of the way.
Then I glued the cardboard together in a shape and size that I eyeballed and freehand cut.
I put the dowel against the cardboard to make sure that I cut a space that was just right for it to sink into. You could have the dowels so long that they stick out the sides of the box, but I didn’t want to do that. I wanted them to fit neatly inside.
That’s why I did it this way.
This is how the inside looks after you add all the cardboard holders.
Next I punched holes in the side of the box and set eyelets. The ribbon could go through the regular holes, but I liked the look of the eyelets. If you’re using a ribbon that might snag and get ruined, you may want to rethink using eyelets due to the sometimes roughness of the crimped inside where they grab the box.
You can see in the photo below how it looks before and after adding eyelets.
I did not measure the distance between the holes, I just went for it…happily punching away. I suggest you put enough space between the holes so that the ribbons aren’t cramped. If you’re using a Crop A Dile Big Bite to make the holes, set the little place holder so you punch all the holes at the same level. Spacing is important, but MOST IMPORTANT is that your holes are all level.
I have some extra holes which bothered me at first, but now I realize that was a fortunate result. In the future, I’ll have room for whatever new ribbons and sizes I add. I also didn’t bother threading ribbon that I haven’t opened yet.