Friday, August 10, 2012

Thrifty Repurposing: Ribbon Spool Holder


If you are visiting this post, it is most likely because we share a similar problem: thrifting.

To some people that is a dirty word. Like, literally, everything is dirty and dusty in a thrift store. 

photo via ebay
But I think it is pretty fabulous. I love when things do not go to waste. I also love coming up with creative ways to repurpose items.

A few weeks ago, I found a Tassimo coffee pod holder. The photo to the right is the same kind I found. With the sideways teardrop topper.

I bought it for $1.99. I knew immediately what I would use it for at home.

Ribbons! You see, one of my issues {yes, there are many} is that I like to collect things. Ribbons, fabric scraps and paper ephemera happen to be included in a much too long list.

So, in order to not look too much like the hoarder that I really am, I need to organize it so it all looks pretty and practical - like I really NEED those 200 spools of coral colored ribbon. :)

I took off the top logo piece. {Had it been a circle, I would have put a cute adornment on it, but being a strange sideways teardrop was not appealing to work into the reuse of this item.}

I added an old wooden bead that I colored silver with a Sharpie. I had to drill the hole larger to fit the thread of the existing screw on top. Then I hot-glued an aqua diamond shaped bead to the tippy-top.


And, Voilà! A ribbon holder was born! Isn't she pretty? And oh so practical - no?



48 comments:

  1. Great find and even better repurpose, Dori!

    They have the Keurig pod holders on clearance at HomeSense and each time I look at them (with a slightly lower price) I wonder if I could use it to hold something else.

    I have a ribbon stash that has exceeded my Sterlite container with dowels solution and the excess was caused by the same brand of ribbon that you have pictured! It's just so versatile!

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    1. Hi Claire,
      Thank you! I think I have an old Keurig holder, too - if I come up with something - I'll let you know! :)
      I forgot to mention that the ribbons shown are just the stash I recently bought. One of these days, I hope to have all my craft supplies organized enough to show them all off. That would certainly deserve a post or two. :)
      Have a great weekend,
      Dori

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  2. Oh wow! Ok...thinking I have one of these in the cupboard. lol! I do love thrifting. I'd rather shop at the flea market, yard sales or thrift stores than go to the mall. Great find and beautiful repurposing! Love it!

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  3. I can so relate to the constant accumulation of crafty things. I love that you turned this into ribbon storage! What a great idea!

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  4. Beautiful! I love how clean and neat it looks.

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn! Probably not for long, though :)

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  5. Love this idea!! I have so much ribbon that I need to organize. I would love for you to link up to my linky party at The Mandatory Mooch. Still open for another day!!

    http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

    Thanks, Nichi

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    1. Hi Nichi!
      Absolutely, I will go do that right now!
      Thank you!

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  6. I love thrifty! Never a dirty word for me! I especially love the aqua bead on the top! So pretty!!! I have two keurig carousels that I was going to sell on ebay but maybe I could use them for storage. Hmmm..... now you have me thinking. Visiting from the Bowdabra Blog link party.

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      I have an old Keruig carousel, too. If I come up with something - I'll let you know! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Such a great idea!! Love it!

    I featured you on my blog today, come check it out :)
    http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/08/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-44.html

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    1. Hi Lindsay,
      Thanks so much for featuring this on your post!

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  8. What an incredible find and great way to use it! Perfect! thank you so much for linking up to Uncommon! :) Bonnie

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    1. Hi Bonnie,
      Thank you so much for having the party! :)

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  9. Oh wow! That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Nifty Thrifty. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-10.html Hope to see you at the bash. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Hi Kathryn,
      Thank you! I just added it to your party. I am fairly new to blogging, so thanks for the heads up!
      Your newest follower, too!

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  10. What a great idea! I love this. I'm visiting from the Dedicated House.

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  12. This looks great. I've been buying more ribbon and need to organize all of it. Now you'll have me searching for a bargain coffee pod holder. Thanks for sharing. I found you on the Make it Pretty Monday Linky Party and am you newest follower. I hope you'll visit my blog and consider following me too: thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com

    Thanks! Bonny

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    1. Hi Bonny! Thanks for visiting! I am your newest follower, too! :)

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  13. What a great idea and transformation thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time.
    Tammy

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  14. Pinned one of the pics! Great idea for organizing and it looks so good! Thanks for sharing, feel free to stop by my site
    www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Elise,
      Love your site! Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Hi.....your newest follower....wow love thrifting too and what a deal you got! I would have grabbed that up too! love the turq top! my fave color! lol....we would have fought over that! lol lovely blog will be back to visit soon :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  16. I love this! Thank you for sharing it on the Bowdabra Blog this week! We are featuring it this evening on our Facebook page! It is inspiring and we love to repurpose! Susie @Bowdabra

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  17. Oh I will have to keep my eyes open for one I have at least 100 rolls of ribbon. We have a great ribbon shop here in Atlanta area. He is on line also he also has vintage flowers for hats etc does a lot of bridal headpieces. Email me for the link if you are ribbon obsessed!
    I like to reuse things too.

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    1. Hi Marie! Thanks for the tip! My hubby might lose it if I purchase anymore! :)
      I used to own an invitation business and collected thousands of ribbons. I have more than I will probably ever be able to use! But I will certainly try. :)

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  18. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  19. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party just went live at http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html
    Thanks, Nichi

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  20. Hi Just wanted to let you know you have been featured and included with some other awesome bloggers on the Mood Blog Board. at Share It One More Time. Hope you will link up again http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/08/features-aug-17-mood-feature-boards-and.html
    Congratulations!
    Tammy

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  21. Guess what? I"m back with another comment! Your crafty post was one of our top picked crafts from our Bowdabra Design Team this week! Congrats! Come see your feature on the blog and we will also give shout outs on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest! We love it! Stop over and share more with us in the new linky Sat-Thur.

    Have a great weekend!
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/08/17/feature-friday-bowdabra-top-crafty-showcase-picks-10/#

    Susie @Bowdabra

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  22. This is such a great idea. I have so many spools of ribbon that are in a drawer. Not only is this functional, it looks pretty too! I'm stopping by from Mom's Monday Mingle....I just started following your blog too!

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  23. This is just plain awesome! I love great thrift store finds... and I love finding great ways to repurpose things. What a brilliant idea!

    I just hopped over from @Home Take 2 and am your newest follower :)

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  24. Oh I love how gorgeous this turned out! And you are using the same knob on top that I use on my patented Ribbon Carousel. I have trademarked the name too, so I was wondering if you might be able to name your creation a little differently. I was a single mom when I invented the Carousel and it has been a long 5 year road to get it to market. I hope you understand as a fellow crafter how attached we become to our creations. Thanks so much and I have become a follower of your blog. :D

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