Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Crafty Side: The Barn-Craft Room: Gift-Wrapping Cabinet

Opposite the Ribbon Caddy, in the craft room, I had another 2' x 2' corner...that needed something! I had seen different ideas for storing gift-wrap, and came up with this idea.
I found a small cabinet at the local thrift shop. It cost less than $20. The cabinet was the perfect size!

I removed the drawer and the door. I used the drawer hardware to make a bottom shelf that would slide out. I then used a lazy-susan mechanism, that I had left-over from another "never-happened" project, to mount a wooden circle base to the pull-out shelf. I drilled holes to hold left-over dowel rods. These rods would support the rolls of wrapping paper. I could now slide out the whole base, and rotate to see different paper rolls. I made a new door, and painted the whole cabinet white. I used small tea-cup holders, and dowel rods, as well as, pieces of elastic, on the door to hold tissue paper, bags of filler, scissors and tape. I added a small pink glass knob, that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. Yay!! A re-purposed, DIY, perfect-fit, Gift-Wrapping Cabinet was born:

Next Up: Drop Cloth Curtains

Till Next Time...

My Crafty Side: The Barn-Craft Room: Ribbon Caddy

Over the years, I have collected LOTS of ribbon! I needed someplace to have the ribbon displayed, and accessible. I had a 2' x 2' space to the left of the farmhouse table, in the craftroom. I decided to design/build my own ribbon caddy. I'm sorry I didn't take more pictures, while I was doing this. Here's the finished product:

I wanted something that would fit in the aforementioned 2' x 2' space, that would hold all my ribbon, and that could be moved easily. I put the caddy on rollers. I used 12 - 3' dowel rods. I drilled holes in the bottom frame to hold the dowels in place. But, I needed some way of holding the tops in place. I used clothes pins, tacked to the top of the frame, thru the hole in the middle of the clothespin. This allows the clothes pin to open and close freely. And allows the dowel rod to be clipped into place, when not needed...or unpinned and tilted out to be able to access the ribbon on the rod. I tiled the top of the table with cheap 4" x 4" tiles, that I "hot-glued to the wooden top. I then purchased very thin trim boards from Michaels, for the border. And purchased some ready-to-use "grout-in-a-tube", to fill in between the tiles.

Next Up: My Re-purposed Gift Wrapping Cabinet

Till Next Time....