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Ribbon storage box

Ribbon storage box

Are ribbon rolls scattered everywhere in your craft space? You can easily upcycle an old shoebox into a ribbon storage box! The box holds 8-10 ribbon rolls more if they are not very wide. The Stencil blank you use for the side opening works as a dispenser to feed the ribbon ends through for easy access. Make more than one since these ribbon boxes stack very nicely. Quick, easy and very green!


  • Shoebox with top (My box was 11 ¼” long x 5 ½” wide. If your box is larger you will need to adjust the measurements for the foam board and dowel)
  • Stencil blank (For cutting your own stencils, available in the craft store)
  • Foam board
  • X-Acto or craft knife
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pointed scissors
  • Glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • 5/16” diameter dowel
  • Decorative duct tape (Optional)


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  1. Measure the inside of the shoebox on each of the sides starting about 1 ½” from the top edge. Use the craft knife to cut two pieces of foam board that fit inside the box on each end. You can put it in to check the fit. It should be tight but not straining the box. Set the foam board pieces aside.

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  1. Measure and cut a window in the side of the box 8 ¼” x 2 ¼”. Use the pointed scissors to cut it out. Cut a piece of the stencil blank 9 ½” x 3 ½.” Using the ruler and the craft knife cut a slit across this stencil blank piece leaving an ample margin on both ends. (This will be where the ribbon ends come through) Use the hot glue gun to attach the prepared piece of stencil blank to the inside of the box where you cut the window.

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  1. Working with the two sidepieces of foam board, find the center and cut a line 1/16” wide about 1 ¼” down. Cut a ½” circle at the end. This is where you will insert the dowel rod. Use the hot glue gun to attach the foam board to each side making sure they are facing the same direction. Measure and cut the dowel to fit in the foam board circles.

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  1. Add your ribbon rolls to the dowel and insert the ends through the plastic slit in the window. You can dispense the ribbon without opening the box. Make more than one and you can stack them on top of each other.

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  1. If desired decorate your ribbon box with decorative duct tape.

Check out Crystal at Make it easy crafts for more up cycled and recycled crafts!

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