Tuesday Tutorial: Ribbon Organizer

 I have a confession to make… I LOVE to organize!  While my craft room, home, or life might not always reflect this love, it is still there.  Pinterest has only helped my obsession with all the eye candy to pin away!  My Queen of Organization board is proof that I will one day have a place for everything and everything in its place.

One particular day I found a pin that would join my two addictions: organization and ribbon!  If you haven’t seen it, my ribbon collection is a bit over the top.  Mind you I don’t have any girls in my home – and yet with the addition of bow making to my long list of craft projects I enjoy – yet I now have BINS or ribbon.  But all that ribbon goodness is way to pretty to be stuffed in a bin.  That is where THIS wonderful project came in!  At about $10 each for materials these aren’t the cheapest solution for me (since I still need like 4 more! Yes, I am well aware that I have a problem), but they are so lovely on the wall.

Mom's Busy Crafting: Ribbon Organizer

Ribbon Organizer

Ribbon Organizer: purchase materials

Begin by taking your adorable assistants to your local hardware store to purchase your materials.

Materials:

  • Drill with 3/8″ drill bit
  • Wood rosettes: 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Wood glue
  • Wood board: 2″ x 24″ x 1/2″
  • Wood board: 4-1/4″ x 24″ x 1/2″
  • Wood dowel rod: 23-1/4″ x 3/8″ – I bought one that was 36″ and had my hubby cut it down to size
  • hanging hardware (I used 3 per organizer)
  • 12 4D finishing nails, 1 1/4″
  • Paint – I used some leftover paint from when we painted the hall bathroom

I bought double of everything since I wanted to make two.

Ribbon Organizer : drill hole for dowel

Drill the holes about 1/4″ in and 3/4″ down.  After completing this I found that the ribbon fit a bit too tight so I would probably adjust the drill holes for the next set I make. Add wood glue to the hole and let it dry.  While at the hardware store I made sure to check with my hubby to see if we had wood glue and didn’t need to pick any up.  He assured me we did.  I found the bottle lovingly placed on my craft room desk the next morning, only to discover when I went to use it that the cap was completely clogged with dry glue.  In an effort to open the bottle, it broke right off.  However, the glue was still useable!  YAY

wood glue fail

Apply the glue to the bottom sides of the rosettes.  Then place the bottom board on the rosette and secure with the finishing nails.

Ribbon Organizer: glue the bottom

Ribbon Organizer: glue the bottom

Ribbon Organizer: nail the bottom to secure

Next, you will apply the back brace.  Line the back board up with the top of the rosette and glue and nail into place just like you did the bottom board.

Ribbon Organizer: nail back brace

Ribbon Organizer: add back brace

Then line up those ribbons!  This was just a test shot to make sure that the ribbons fit.  Like I said, they are a bit snug so next time I will move the dowel a bit.

Ribbon Organizer

Paint it!  My Facebook fans helped me decide on the color.  Overwhelmingly, it was decided that a cheerful yellow would be just perfect!

Ribbon Organizer: ready for paint

Here you go!  This is what they look like up on the wall.  (This is at the old house.  They are up at my new house but you will have to wait to see them when I reveal my crafting space!  First I have to get a few more things in their place and add a few more finishing touches.)

Mom's Busy Crafting: Ribbon Organizer

 Happy Organizing!

Home is…

About a year ago my sister in law married a young man that is a modern day hero.  He is a solider in the Army.  Now as a mom of 4 boys, when my older boys learned they were going to have an uncle in the Army (that got to shoot real guns!) they were over the moon.  I was more blessed to know that there are still amazing young men and women willing to sacrifice to serve their country.  Within a few weeks of Ashley and Stephen’s wedding, he was deployed to Iraq.  After a year long deployment he is finally back home.

My sister in law has really taken to being an Army wife and when I saw this sign on Pinterest, I just knew I had to make one for them as a thank you for their sacrifice to keep my family and our country safe.  So off to the local craft store I went to purchase the necessary materials.  I slapped some paint and some vinyl on there and this was the result…

Then I painted the plaques in alternating white and reds, slapped some vinyl on there and covered the entire thing with a layer of Mod Podge.

Then it was time get the power tools out! haha  I drilled some 1/16th inch holes an 1 1/2 from the edges of the plaques and put some   eye screws in.  The ones on top were opened into a hook so the plaques could be hung together.  Then with a couple staple gun shots and some twine – the sign was complete!

This could be adapted for so many things – vacations, places you have lived, important dates- the possibilities are endless!