How to Reuse a Ribbon Spool

Don't throw these things away! You can decorate and reuse them!

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How to Reuse a Ribbon Spool
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I'm going to show you how to make a small, but cute container out of an empty ribbon spool!

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Here's  the spool I'm using. It's relatively low, so if you can find a higher one, great!

Here's the spool I'm using. It's relatively low, so if you can find a higher one, great!

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Carefully pull apart one side. Clean up the edges of the spool. This will be your lid!

Carefully pull apart one side. Clean up the edges of the spool. This will be your lid!

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Trace the spool onto a piece of white cardboard.

Trace the spool onto a piece of white cardboard.

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Cut it out and use this as your template to trace more.

Cut it out and use this as your template to trace more.

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Trace your template onto any patterned paper you would like to line the inside of the spool with.

Trace your template onto any patterned paper you would like to line the inside of the spool with.

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Cut that out.

Cut that out.

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Push the white cardboard template into the bottom of the spool to cover the hole there, and to reinforce.

Push the white cardboard template into the bottom of the spool to cover the hole there, and to reinforce.

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See? No donut!

See? No donut!

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Apply glue to the cardboard and follow suit with the patterned paper.

Apply glue to the cardboard and follow suit with the patterned paper.

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Measure the height of your spool.

Measure the height of your spool.

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Measure the circumference using a measuring tape.

Measure the circumference using a measuring tape.

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Cut out patterned paper to fit the inside and glue in. Mine had a height of 2cm, and a length of 19.8cm.

Cut out patterned paper to fit the inside and glue in. Mine had a height of 2cm, and a length of 19.8cm.

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Cut out a rectangle of white cardboard and fold it along the sides of the spool. This will act as a hinge for the opening and closing of the lid.

Cut out a rectangle of white cardboard and fold it along the sides of the spool. This will act as a hinge for the opening and closing of the lid.

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Using your tape, attach the hinge in securely.

Using your tape, attach the hinge in securely.

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Trace the spool around more patterned paper and glue on the top.

Trace the spool around more patterned paper and glue on the top.

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Trace, cut and glue patterned paper to all sides!

Trace, cut and glue patterned paper to all sides!

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Don't forget the inside of your lid.

Don't forget the inside of your lid.

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And now your ribbon spool container is done!

And now your ribbon spool container is done!

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You can put scrap yarn in it...or

You can put scrap yarn in it...or

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elastic hair ties...buttons...earrings....the choices are endless!

elastic hair ties...buttons...earrings....the choices are endless!

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You can choose to glue on beads and sequins, or sand the edges to smooth. Whatever floats your boat...

You can choose to glue on beads and sequins, or sand the edges to smooth. Whatever floats your boat...

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Enjoy your cute box! If you appreciate my efforts, give me a like! :) Or not...haha.

Enjoy your cute box! If you appreciate my efforts, give me a like! :) Or not...haha.

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