lovely little DIY: wine cork & washi tape ribbon spools

{all images taken by me with my personal camera. please credit if you share elsewhere!}

if you’re in the midst of cleaning out your craft closet, (or in my case, valentines day exploded all over the apartment in the form of ribbons and glitter), you might be looking for a fun way to store all of your leftover “stuff”. sometimes i have a pretty piece of ribbon left, but i only have a few yards and i just don’t have the heart to throw it away, so i usually stick it in a jar or bag with the rest of the leftovers.

today, as i was cleaning up the kitchen, i spotted our overflowing bag of wine corks. i’ve been meaning to make a cork board or something fun, but haven’t had the time or inspiration to get going on that yet. so i thought, wouldn’t those corks make a perfect little ribbon spool? and today’s DIY cleanup project was born.

wine corks (it’s even more fun if you drink the wine as you go)
tape (i used washi tape because it’s easier to remove without leaving a sticky mess, and it looks pretty)
leftover ribbon
pretty jar or container for the completed “spools”

1. grab a wine cork and tape one end of the ribbon to the cork. some ribbon does not need to be taped, just use if needed.
2. wrap the ribbon tightly around the cork, secure with tape. 

pretty easy, right? and just think of all the room you just saved. throw your pretty jar of “spools” on your desk or in your craft cabinet and you’re good to go!

happy crafting :)

  • Ashley @ Lemon and Lavender says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    I love you for this tutorial! I have that big pile of mess waiting for me to organize when we get moved in and I just so happened to order a ton of washi tape last week! :)) Happy Monday!

  • McKay says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    Love it! Another project to add to my list for this week :)

  • Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    Great idea! They look so pretty in the canister!

  • Anna @ And Everything Nice says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    Ohhh I need to do this with Christmas stuff. I almost always use all my other ribbon up but this makes me not want to. It looks so cute in the jar. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Lisa says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    This is so useful and cute!! I am definitely going to do this with all the ribbon I have leftover from Christmas :)

  • Patti @ Easton Place Designs says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    So clever and sweet, yet so easy. Love it!
    And your photos are lovely as well :)

  • Katie @ Lovebird Productions says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    I love any DIY where you work with what is hanging around the house! Such a smart idea and cute to boot :)

  • Alicia {The Charity Wedding} says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    I have HOARDS of wine corks and also ribbon! Great idea!

  • birdie to be says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    Very cute idea! And it looks so cute in that jar!

  • Faith says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    what a fun idea! so cute! you always share the best things!

  • Aleah and Nick says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    Adorable! Loving this. Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Lena says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    A charming solution to a crafter’s problems-I love it!

  • Liesl says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    What a great use for those…and seeing that I do enjoy wine, that will be something great to do with them! Love it!

    Liesl :)

  • yasmin {floral theory} says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    love it.

  • Christina says on January 30, 2012 Reply

    VERY cute! a simple way to be organized and have it all look cute as well. love it! :)

  • The Perfect Palette says on January 31, 2012 Reply

    So creative, Jacin!!

  • kirby says on January 31, 2012 Reply

    I’ve been saving up my jars to organize my crafts! great inspiration!

  • Miriam Corona says on February 1, 2012 Reply

    Love this! Makes me want to organize my ribbon bin.

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on February 2, 2012 Reply

    I love this idea! I wrap my ribbons up into little spools on their own but it’s SUCH a good idea to use corks! I have a whole bucket of corks just waiting for some ribbons:)

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