Hi illistyle readers! It’s me Danielle from Glitter Bug. When I started my Etsy shop I had to obviously buy supplies. Those supplies started to stack up and since our office/craft room is FAR from complete it began to pile up everywhere – all over the current desk, on the broken computer chair we haven’t yet thrown out and of course ALL over the floor. So now instead of clear and empty waiting for its makeover it looks like a tornado tore through.
In an effort to get the ball rolling on storage solutions for when we can finally afford to finish that room (hopefully before we move next June!) I have started brainstorming easy, affordable (or free DIY solutions and this is the first one of the lot. Since I sell hair accessories it’s obviously that I need to have copious amounts of elastic on hand for orders and new designs. Unfortunately that said elastic comes all bundled neatly in its envelope – which in theory is fine except that when you use some of it it becomes harder and harder to keep it in that neatly wound bundle. So I needed a solution. Normally I’d hit up Pinterest but with the lack of people needing elastic storage it was pretty scarce over there. I eventually settled on spools to hold the elastic but couldn’t find any for a reasonable price so I decided to make my own which turned out to be easier than I thought!!
I’ve been considering re-doing these spools with 3mm MDF but with the thickness of the cardboard I used I’m kind of leaving that one on the back burner for the time being as these guys hold very well. And the best thing is they were FREE!! Yep FREE!!! Everything I used I already had on hand so it was a quick, free and easy DIY that fixed my problem of messy piles of elastic. So here are my DIY Ribbon Spools!! Or in my case DIY Elastic Spools! Below you will find the tutorial for how to make your own ribbon spools:
Cardboard box – I used the cardboard from a set of sheets.
Toilet paper rolls – I used 2
Hot glue gun
Ribbon or Elastic
1. Grab your cardboard, I used two pieces of cardboard from a set of sheets. I pinched it from my aunts house! It’s a medium weight cardboard with the ridges visible from one side. Make a circle template on Microsoft Word – my circle is 9cm across each way. Trace the circle onto your cardboard as many times as you need. You’ll need 2 circles per spool. Cut them out.
2. Grab one of your toilet paper (paper towel rolls) and mark the widths of your elastic/ribbon. For my needs I made 6 – 19mm widths, 5 – 10mm widths and 1 – 28mm widths. Determine your widths by measuring the width of your elastic/ribbon.
4. Repeat with all your circles!
Now you’ve made a bunch of pretty cardboard spools!! Now just wrap your ribbon or elastic around the spools and pop them away for storage!! I know it seems like a lot of steps but really they aren’t that difficult to make and when you make a bunch of them at once it’s a lot of repetition and it’s great work to do while watching a movie!! Plus when the cost is NOTHING a few repeated steps are more than okay with me!!
I love my new DIY Ribbon/Elastic Spools and I can’t wait to work out something to put them into for permanent storage. I was considering a dowel but having to take them all off when I need to use one seems like an annoying hassle. Stay tuned for more DIY storage ideas on my blog as I work my way through the process of cleaning, designing and organising our office/craft room.