This week I have a question from Amy –
“Nanny what’s a good way to store my ribbons? I am so sick of them being jumbled in a mess!”
Well Amy, thank you for the question and I have to tell you, I have tried a number of things over the years from rolling them around strips of cardboard, rolling them around my fingers and putting a rubber band around them etc etc but when I took over the ‘dining’ room and converted it into my space, I wanted something simple, that stayed tidy and was easy to get at.
I guess the things you need to think about are:
How many ribbons are we talking about?
What space do you have?
How are they stored now?
What do you want of your storage? Decoration? Accessibility? Neatness? etc etc
I searched Pinterest for ideas:
Glass or plastic containers – they looked pretty but where would I put them and what if I want the bottom ribbon? Wouldn’t work for me…
Hang them on a Pants Hanger – where would I hang the hanger? I don’t have a cupboard or a door. What if I wanted the middle one? Wouldn’t work for me ….
Put them in a Basket – I had a basket but where would I put it? Wouldn’t work for me …
Using house gutter – now that is interesting ….
I had wall space ….. I had PJ and his skills …… he knew how to get to Bunnings…….
This is what we came up with:
I looked at a book stand my Dad had made me years ago
(Showing off my lovely diary created by the very talented Karen at Sugarbird Art)
and used the same principles – wooden ends and dowel.
PJ found these ends at Bunnings!!
I worked out where to put the dowel by sitting a ribbon reel on the board end and marking it! Too easy!!
We put a plain one in the centre for extra support and
you can see that I was too excited and didn’t let the paint dry thoroughly…. before I filled it up with my ribbons!!
I popped a hair elastic around the ribbons and I have never had it so good! (I didn’t even have to tidy them up to take these photos)
I am using my wall space, I can select which ever ribbon I like without worrying about any other, use it, slip the elastic back on and back into the rack! You can see on the left, that my rack will even hold small reels.
A perfect solution for me anyway! I hope this helps Amy and thank you for asking.
Don’t forget, if you have a ‘What’s a’ question for Nanny just email it to me at Nannynotes2u@gmail.com.
Until next time