Monthly Archives: February 2012
Somewhere in early history of Martha Stewart I saw Ribbon Management ideas. Martha demonstrated how to turn an ordinary shoe box into a ribbon holder, the tips of the ribbon perkily poking out from grommets or slits on the side of the box and the ribbon reels neatly contained inside, hidden from sight. Martha later went on to sell this product through her sorely missed Martha Stewart Living Catalog but happily now sells new versions at Michaels.
Browse through any home/living magazine or surf the internet and you’ll find lots of other ideas to contain the unruly, tangly mess of ribbon. One popular idea (another Good Thing by Martha) has been to store ribbon on a dowel, mounted in a closet or the back of a cabinet wall. This was the method I adopted, installing a long dowel in front of a shelf in a large closet.
But if you’re a true crafter, you’ll know that this isn’t the best solution. Spools of ribbon defy Newton’s first law of motion which states “An object at rest stays at rest”. Anyone who has ever stored ribbon this way knows that ribbon has a mind of its own and that the 2nd part of Newton’s law “an object in motion stays in motion” takes over. That damn ribbon will start spinning itself off the reel. Then you have the fun and time consuming job of winding it back up and figuring out some way to secure it. I’ve also seen chicken feeders or rain gutters used to store the ribbon but those storage method depend on the box always being stored vertically.
Tired of fighting the ongoing ribbon rebellion, it was time to upgrade to the newest method of ribbon management. Basically – a simple box with a dowel across the front to prevent the ribbons from rolling out.
You can easily build a simple wooden box but thanks to Dr. Malibu and his passion for Pinot I already had something fabulous that I could use. Very awesome wine comes in wine boxes – the better the wine, the better the box. Dr. Malibu gave me a particularly nice wine box and it had just been sitting around as a junk box for various craft items. It never really worked well for that application and I always felt it had a higher calling. Transforming the wine box into a ribbon holder seemed the perfect solution. And it easily only took 10 minutes to do.