A Ribbon Tree

2 Materials
1 Hour

Do you have spools of ribbon and no place to put them? Some of the larger ones don't fit easily in a drawer, yet you want them accessible to use frequently. Here is an easy and efficient solution on storing those spools of ribbon. These ribbon trees can stay on the counter in your craft area as they take up very little room.

I collect many different ribbons~for presents, the holidays, for hostess gifts and even to tie around homemade gifts of bread or cookies.

Find a pot that you like. All you need is a pot, a dowel and some Plaster of Paris (or other cement like product)

Mix the Plaster of Paris according to the manufacturer's instructions.

If you pot has a hole at the bottom, cover with duct tape.

Determine the height of your dowel. Do you have multiple rolls of ribbon? Base the height of the dowel on the size of your pot. You don't want too much height or the pot may tip over.

Measure and cut your dowel to a length that works with the size of your pot. Mine is 28 inches tall.

Pour the Plaster of Paris into the pot and place the dowel in the center. Fill the pot with plaster.

Since it takes a while for the Plaster of Paris to set, and if you do not want to hold the dowel straight until it does, I made a cross support out of two pieces of cardboard. Punch a hole into both cardboard rectangles. This support will hold the dowel in place while the plaster dries.

Once the plaster is completely dry, remove the cardboard supports from the dowel. It should be upright and centered in the middle of the pot. Any plaster overspill can be wiped up with water.

To make it feel more like a "plant", I use sphagnum moss to fill in the area from the plaster to the rim. You can use stones or decorative glass stones or nothing. Depends on what look you want and quite honestly, it doesn't really show anyway.

Slide on your ribbon spools as tall as you'd like.

I have two of these handy in my craft room ready to use. I secure the ribbon with small straight pins to keep the ribbon from falling off the spool.

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  • Sarah Sarah on Jun 28, 2021

    I used the same idea to make a stuffed animal tree for my daughter when she was 2. I used a 4' dowel in plaster and put the small, thin hair ties on it. Then looped a hair tie around the neck of each animal. It held all except the really large ones, kept them off the floor, and were readily available for her to play with. Lasted until she was in her early teens.

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Jun 28, 2021

    Very clever!