Sunday, February 8, 2015

From Typewriter Ribbon to Silk Ribbon

Quick and simple projects make me smile, especially when I'm able to get a little organizing done at the same time.  I'm pretty good about not letting things get too messy up in my work room fort, but sooner or later little piles start to develop and I get the urge to purge and organize.

repurposed vintage typewriter ribbon spools silk ribbon organization
This spool tower organization project took only about 30 minutes to complete once I had all the ingredients lined up.

silk ribbon drawer
Meet my silk ribbon drawer.
I only use this to tie around jewelry boxes when I ship Etsy orders, but I was getting annoyed with reaching in to grab one piece and the entire contents would come out with it.

empty typewriter ribbon spools for repurposing
Meet my stash of typewriter ribbon spools.
 I knew there was a reason I hoarded these things.  

repurposed typewriter spools
Off with the old dried up ribbon and on with pretty silk ribbon.  They're the exact same width.

repurposed flower frog
This flower frog was the perfect size for the base.  To hold the spools in place I used a 1/8" diameter brass rod that I cut down to 7 1/2". 

repurposed flower frog repurposed typewriter ribbon spools
I loaded on the spools.

repurposed wooden drawer knob
Then topped them off with an old painted knob.  

repurposed typewriter ribbon spools silk ribbon organization
Much better don't you think?  The extra drawer space is already full of some junk I moved up from the garage.


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38 comments:

  1. What a great idea for silk ribbons. Looks so neat!

    Judy

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  2. I love it! Such a fun and functional piece. The colors of the ribbon are beautiful and look so pretty with the dishes full of jewelry. Have a lovely week...:)

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  3. What a great way to display your ribbon and very useful too. I was admiring your jewelry pieces...so pretty!!
    ~Cindy

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  4. Perfect and creative, how lucky that they were the same width...I love when things work perfect!!

    Carol

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  5. What a genius idea! It looks great and is useful.

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  6. Clever girl!! Great upcycling idea!

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  7. Ingeniuos! Clever, clever gill! Love it!

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  8. Perfect in every way. I do love your silks, but I am even more impressed that the typewriter wheels survived long enough to become a wonderful tower! Amazing and wonderful!

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  9. Not only practical but pretty! I can't seem to get ahead of my clutter right now. I just keep working on it!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  10. So cute and so easy to use! Love it!

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  12. Great idea Betsy and it looks like a decoration now. I have box filled with ribbons that could use some help!

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  13. Old typewriter ribbon spools - who has those on hand? Oh, yes - of course Betsy does.

    Fantastic!

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  14. Great ideas! But really drooling over those beauties that are in the dishes!!!!!!!!!! Lovin' all the colors of those ribbons!!!!

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  15. AWESOME!! I love it...practical and pretty...perfect :)

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  16. Betsy! You are the cleverest. A fabulous reuse for those. I love when I get to keep something like that out in the open, not stuffed away in a box. Bravaaaa!

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  17. This is a really great idea! When I first looked at it, I thought I was looking at a lighthouse!

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  18. I love organizing solutions that are also pretty. What a fabulous idea!

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  19. How many typewriter ribbon spools have I tossed? Great solution for bits of ribbon. Plus it looks quite lovely.

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  20. Brilliant Betsy does it again! Don't you love it when you finally have an epiphany for your hoards? I have so many still waiting for that light bulb moment.....

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  21. Great idea! I would have never thought to use the old typewriter spools.
    I remember using the typewriters that had spools of ribbons. Ooops - age is showing. :)

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  22. Oh I love this clever idea!! What more for a better way to display pretty ribbons and cute vintage typewriter spools!! Love all your pretty jewelry in the dishes too!! :) Have a lovely day Betsy!! xo Holly

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  23. Another neat idea Betsy and thank you for sharing it at my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  24. What a great idea!! Love it!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  25. Oh I love love love your new ribbon holder!!! Found you on Ivy and Elephants. Happy Valentine's Day, Beverly

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  26. Nice! Does the knob lift off or permanently attached? I am always looking for ways to organize my ribbons but the empty spools are the bain of my life since I have to remove the other spools to pull off the empty one - argh.

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  27. Nice! Does the knob lift off or permanently attached? I am always looking for ways to organize my ribbons but the empty spools are the bain of my life since I have to remove the other spools to pull off the empty one - argh.

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    1. Yes, the knob lifts off. The rod sticks up about 1" above the last spool and the knob stays in place because the rod fits inside the screw hole. The rod is also a tight fit between the prongs in the frog, but not glued in. If I'm lucky enough to find more typewriter ribbon spools I can just cut a longer rod. Easy enough.

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  28. Creative and organized ~ most magicians just have rabbits or birds in their hats ~ but you have typewriter spools!!! What a fun way to display your ribbon. Best ~Mickie.

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  29. You found the perfect solution to keep your silk ribbon stash in order. I find the typewriter ribbon tins occasionally, but never the reels. How cool!!!

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  30. Amazing idea! It looks wonderful!!
    Jennelise

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  31. Hi Betsy!
    What a fun idea...love the repurposed aspect of these! Will have to share this with my 13 yr old daughter as she is fascinated with typewriters and loves to be creative. Thank you!
    Catherine

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  32. So charming! And I'd like to ask where you got your beautiful ribbon?? Bettye

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    1. Thank you Bettye. I buy most of my silk ribbon on Etsy:-)

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