Thursday, July 25, 2013

Shabby-Vintage Ribbon Spool Tutorial

I'm so excited to share my tutorial today because it's such a simple solution for storing your full spools of beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbons. Don't hide them away...keep them out so they're handy and easy to find. But if your thinking to yourself....the spool is not as beautiful as the ribbon on the spool. But why shouldn't they be??? Finish them off and add them to a pretty vintage bowl or tray and keep them right out on your work surface.
Here's a few resting in a pretty painted compote.
Or line them up in a vintage tray.
Maybe just stacked up a shelf...for pretty and practical decor.
This process is SUPER SIMPLE and you can choose just the right images to match your creative space.
First print out some images you love...for's gotta be pink and shabby. You can do a lot of mathing and print them out to measure exactly right......or...if you're like me...just print them a bit big and trim the excess. Don't worry if it's not circular...just as long as your image is big enough to fit the size of the spool.
I traced a rough circle around my spool...neatness does not count as you can see lol.
Cut out your slightly too large image. The spools have a  shiny you'll want to use your Scor-Tape to adhere the image. Little strips around the outside work just fine. Tare off the paper backing of the tape and adhere the spool to the center of your image on the back side of course and trim the excess with small sharp scissors just following the outside contour of the spool. Now you can finish it off with ink and embellishments. I chose butterflies and a small tag.
As you can see...I've gotten a lot of use from the Pink and Silver Gray Organza : ) Can you imagine how beautiful a big wire basket full of these vintage inspired ribbons spools would be??? I think I'll be having a closer look at the selection of trims I can order on spools from I can add to my collection .
Okay that's it for my tutorial..I hope you love it as much as I do!
I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative: ) Huggs..Ginny


  1. WOW, this is such a great idea Ginny, thank you so much for sharing! You are so clever! The spools look absolutely amazing.


  2. What a fabby ribbon storage idea! Perfect way to decorate and store those spools. :)

  3. Great idea! Why didn't I think of that? lol


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