Ribbon Dispenser Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Supply stash overflowing with jumbled strands of ribbon? Get tangle-free with this economical yet functional ribbon dispenser to manage your ribbon clutter.

Materials

  • Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jar with lid
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint Blue Ocean Breeze
  • Ribbons

Tools

  • Self-adhesive stencil of choice
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Big Bite Hole Punch
  • Masking tape
  • Masking paper

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Separate lid rim and seal. Punch five 3/16” holes in flat section of lid.

STEP 2

Adhere stencil to jar; cover remaining jar areas with masking paper and tape.

STEP 3

On cover work surface, spray paint both sections of lid and jar. Let dry and remove tape and paper.

STEP 4

Place loose ribbon into jar, threading ends through holes in lid.

by Roxi Phillips for Krylon

Cork Message Center

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Pretty and practical! Craft this cork message center as an organizational tool to keep track of your family’s messages.

Materials

  • Unfinished wood frame, 12”x12”
  • Off-white cardstock
  • Coordinating papers: light green, bright green, green check, orange check, stripe, large floral print, blue dot
  • Basic Grey Fibers
  • Coordinating buttons
  • Silver paper fasteners, medium, four
  • Eyelets: round silver, metal screw
  • Cup hooks, 7/8”, four
  • 3M Post-it Notepad, 1-1/2”x2”
  • Cork sheet, 1/4” thick
  • Heavy cardboard, 10”x10”
  • Thumbtacks
  • Pen

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Wedgewood Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Blue ink pad
  • Hole punch: 1/8”, 3/16”
  • Corner rounder punch (optional)
  • Circle punches: 1-1/4”, 1-1/2”, 1-3/4”
  • Scoring tool
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paper trimmer, paintbrush, pencil, sandpaper, black marker

Directions

STEP 1

Remove backing from frame; lightly sand frame edges. Basecoat Wedgewood Blue; let dry. Lightly sand painted edges for aged look.

STEP 2

Trace and cut out frame shape from light green paper. Cut narrow strips from striped and checked papers; adhere across top, bottom, and sides of paper frame, overlapping ends. Cut 1-3/4”x11” piece from large floral print paper. Round left corner on strip if wood frame has rounded corners. Ink edges and adhere to left side of paper frame. Punch 1/8” hole and attach paper fastener.

STEP 3

Punch four 1-3/4” circles from bright green paper; sand edges. Punch four 1-1/2” circles from green check, and four 1” circles from blue dot paper. Adhere circles on top of each other. Evenly space and adhere circles across paper frame bottom. Punch 3/16” holes in centers of circles.

STEP 4

For pockets, cut 2-1/2”x3”, 2”x5”, and 2”x4” pieces from cardstock. Score lines 1/2” from bottom edges; fold to back. Cut 1-1/4”x3-1/2” and 1-1/4”x2-1/2” pieces from large floral print and stripe papers. Adhere across tops of wide pockets. Punch 1-1/4” circle from large floral print paper; adhere to center of narrow pocket. Punch 1/8” hole in center of each pocket; attach paper fasteners. Punch half circle from top centers of pockets. Adhere assembled pockets to right side and top of paper frame.

STEP 5

Adhere assembled paper frame to front of wood frame; sand edges. Attach cup hooks to holes in centers of circles at frame bottom edge. Attach metal screw eyelet to top left side of frame. Adhere notepad to left side of frame.

STEP 6

Sand edges of buttons. Insert fibers through two buttons and tie on top. Adhere three buttons to frame right side, above pocket. Adhere remaining buttons to thumbtacks. Attach fibers to pen, then to eyelet on frame.

STEP 7

For treasure tag, cut 3/4”x4” piece from orange check paper; trim two corners for tag shape and ink edges. Print “treasure” on tag with black marker. Punch 3-16” hole in tag top; attach eyelet. Tie fibers through hole, and tuck tag inside pocket.

STEP 8

Cut corkboard to fit 10”x10” heavy cardboard (or size to fit inside frame.); adhere to cardboard. Insert corkboard into frame and replace backing.

by Mary Ayres

Earring and Necklace Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Easily locate jewelry at a glance while avoiding the hassles of lost earrings or tangled necklaces. Both kids and adults can create this quick-and simple holder to beautifully display and organize their jewelry.

Materials

  • Three yellow jumbo craft sticks
  • Black plastic screen, 4-3⁄4” x 5-3⁄8”
  • Heart-shaped brads, six
  • Wire, 24-gauge
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 1/4″ wide, 24″ length

Tools

  • Drill or hand drill with 5⁄64” bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, old magazine

Directions

STEP 1

For top craft sticks, use pencil to make a mark 3⁄4” from each end of two craft sticks, 3⁄8” from one long edge. Place sticks on top of magazine and drill holes through mark. (Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.) For bottom craft stick, use pencil to make a mark 1-3⁄16”, 2-1⁄4”, 3-11⁄16”, and 5” on remaining craft stick, 1⁄4” from one long edge; drill holes.

STEP 2

For necklace holders, wrap an 1⁄8” section of wire around shanks of four brads just behind heart. (Note: This allows space between brad and craft stick in order to hang necklaces.) Center screen to back of bottom craft stick, covering holes. Push brads through front of craft stick and screen; open brads to secure in place.

STEP 3

Center screen to back of one top craft stick, covering holes; tape in place. Align remaining top craft stick, so screen is sandwiched between and holes are aligned. Push brads through holes; do not open brads at this time. Tie ribbon ends into a 2” wide bow with 2” long tails; cut ends at a slant. See photo. Place ribbon between brads and adjust so bow and loop meet as hanger. Open brads to secure in place.

by Barb Chauncey

Organizing Stamps

It seems like every year one or more of my resolutions involve organization. This year is no exception, and I have a fairly long list of projects to tackle. However, unlike my other resolutions to exercise more and lose weight, I really look forward to digging in to different areas around my house and straightening things out. There is something about looking in a drawer or closet and seeing everything neatly in its place that makes me happy.

A little over a year ago, I decided to find a new system for organizing my growing stamp collection. I’ve tried many things in the past, from narrow shelves to hold wood-mounted stamps to binders full of clear stamps to stacks of CD cases, but nothing seemed to work as well as I envisioned.

After a few false starts, I have finally come up with a system that is working really well… I can find what I need quickly, and it is easy to put everything back when I am finished. The best part is that I am actually using my stamps more often, as I no longer dread having to spend 20 minutes searching through binders and boxes to find what I want. I use one system to store my cling and clear stamps and another for rubber stamps.

Cling and Clear Stamp Storage

I was intrigued by the idea of using a Clip-it-Up but thought I would see if I could find a less expensive option. After seeing some examples online, I decided to try making my own using a shoe rack that I found on clearance as the base.

It wasn’t too difficult to create this… the most time-consuming part was moving all of my stamp sets into the clear pockets.

Bolt cutters helped snip off the extra parts, and rubber tips were hot glued onto the cut ends. (You can find more details about how I made it by reading this post.)

I thought I had come up with a great solution… until I had been using it for a few days… and everything started to get a bit wobbly to the point where the whole thing almost toppled over. I tried re-tightening the poles, but I finally had to admit that it just wasn’t meant to hold so much weight. This might be a great solution for storing other types of supplies, but the stamps were simply too heavy.

I wound up taking off the two upper tiers and just using the base…considering I spent less than $15 on it, I still think it was a good solution.

One benefit from my experiment was that I learned that I really liked storing my stamps this way and having them so accessible. I decided to spend the extra money to buy an actual Clip-it-Up system and have been thrilled with the results. I have been using this system now for over a year and can report that the two-tier model has been holding up extremely well… no more wobbling!

It is so easy to flip through each set and see what I have. For stamps sets that came in clear packaging, I simply added a clip to the top. For other sets, I placed the stamps on pieces of transparency that I found at an office-supply store and cut to fit these clear pockets from Tim Holtz.

Wood-Mounted Stamp Storage

One of my most favorite storage pieces – and biggest splurge – is this set of drawers from First Choice Products. You wouldn’t believe how much they hold without taking up a lot of space. I store all sorts of things in the drawers – embellishments of all kinds, ribbon, stickers, and wood-mounted stamps.

The 1” drawers are the perfect size for all but the very thickest of my stamps… I use the 2” drawers for those. A label maker is one of my favorite tools for organizing.

One of the best things about these drawers is that they can be pulled out and moved to your work area and then easily put back when you are finished.

Although nowadays I find myself using clear stamps much more frequently, I think of wood-mounted stamps as mini works of art and use them to decorate my studio. I found these vintage wooden crates at an antique store for about $10 each and use them as shelves to store some of my favorite images and ink pads.

The size of the opening is perfect to highlight some of my smaller stamps that might otherwise be overlooked in a drawer. If you have been stamping for any length of time, I bet you recognize some of these… I remember a time when that dragonfly from Magenta was on almost every single card I made.

I also remember when this quote was part of the background of almost every card I created. Having these stamps on display is kind of like visiting with old friends.

Hope this has given you a few ideas you might be able to use in your own craft space.

Until next time – Happy Organizing!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)