I first went to the store with the intension of getting photo boxes and putting 1/2 inch eyelets in the holes, but I could not figure out how to make the holes that big. So I was wondering around the tool row looking for some kind of punch and I spotted drill bits and my mind got to thinking that maybe I could use them. So I bought the eyelets, drill bits, and the plastic storage boxes instead of photo boxes (They were cheaper! Less than $2 each) and headed home.
Before drilling I put the ribbons in side by side and measured about how wide apart the holes needed to be. Marked it with sharpie marker. I used a 1/4 inch drill bit for the grosgrain size, and a half inch for the organdy ribbon size. Some of the edges were a little rough around the 1/2 inch size because I used a wood bit for that, so I used a small blade to cut off the rough excess around the holes. Then I tried to put in one of those eyelets because it looked so cute.... WHAT A JOKE! They were the hardest metal to hammer. And the space in which you have to hammer INSIDE of the box is too small even with our little eyelet hammer. After 10 min of trying I decided it did not need eyelets after all. It works really good. I did not bother putting a dowel rod down the middle of the spools because it is too difficult to change. Now my ribbons are so easy to use and they stay dust free, also I can keep an eye on whether they are getting low.
It is an easy project and I had fun... Plus I impressed my husband that I used his drill and he got some new drill bits! LOL!
Date: Monday, February 7, 2005 GMT Views: 9108
Registered: July 16, 2004 Location: N. California Posts: 321
Mon, Feb 07, 2005 @ 6:07 PM
Girl you impressed me and I love what you did! How clever and smart too. I am looking for a way to store my ribbon spools. I may try your ribbon storage boxes. I love that they have a cover with a handle to keep the dust out and carry them with you if necessary. Way to go!
Registered: March 9, 2004 Location: Utah Posts: 155
Mon, Feb 07, 2005 @ 6:16 PM
OK, The 1/4 inch drill bit was a bit for plastic, got all supplies at walmart, and the boxes were just in the plastic storage isle for $1.97 plus tax! I even used a smaller drill bit (maybe 1/8?)on the back side for my gold, silver and copper cord. There are holes on both the front and back sides of the boxes because the ribbons fit two across, so they hold quite a bit!