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Tutorial: Do-It Yourself Ribbon Spool

Joan Switalski is our Guest Poster for this post.  I love this idea for making your own ribbon spool.  It is functional, yet would make a pretty addition to your scrap studio too!  You can visit Joan’s blog here to see more of her work and read her bio below:

"About me, I am a proud Filipina, born and raised in the Philippines.  I’m just a regular girl who likes to do crafts.  Aside from scrapbooking, I also like to do cross-stitch, crochet, stained glass and other paper crafts like crad making.  I also tend to incorporate these hobbies with each other.  I like to spend my time in my craft room, which I call my planet.  We just moved to the USA last year, and before that we lived in Japan for 5 years.  We travelled a lot and these experiences affect the way I do my crafts." 

Do-It Yourself Ribbon Spool
I always try to maximize my supplies as much as I can.  It has always been hard to throw things away in my part – down to the smallest piece of paper or ribbon.  In this case, I want to share with you what I did with the cores or centers of my adhesive like that of Scotch ATG refills, or even Glue Dots or Zots rolls.  The width of these cores/centers are perfect for my leftover ribbon. 
The materials for this project are the following:
  • Core or center of your adhesive rolls
  • Chipboard coasters
  • Adhesive
  • Your choice of acrylic paint or printed paper
  • Your choice of embellishments
First, cut a 1/2 inch hole in the center of 2 chipboard coasters. 
The next step is very easy.  You go ahead and decorate your coasters the way you like it.  You can paint it, or adhere printed paper and match it with the theme you want to use.  My ribbon organizer is black and white, so I painted my chipboards black, and stamped solid images using white ink. 
Then, apply adhesive on both edges of the core/center of your empty adhesive rolls.  In my case, I used Zips Ultra thin clear adhesive lines. 
Position your freshly decorated chipboard coasters and apply pressure on both sides of your core. 
With this project, you save money, and you get to organize your leftover ribbon. 

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  1. txscrapaddict
    September 17th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Great idea!!

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