DIY Ribbon Rack From Salvaged Wood
What do you do when you find a piece of embellished wood beside the road? You pick it up of course, bring it home, and make something fun and useful with it!
One morning over the summer I noticed a piece of wood lying beside one of the roads I frequent. It caught my eye, but in my haste, I kept going. The next day, it was still there. And the next. For nearly a week I kept my eye on it until I could stand it no longer. Finally, I stopped, tossed it into the back of the van, and brought it home with me.
For several weeks it stood in the corner of the garage, waiting until I could decide what to do with it.
I loved the detail, and wanted to showcase it, but also wanted to do something about its dated look. When I needed a length of ribbon one day (and lamented my current storage situation) I knew exactly what I'd do with it.
I started by cutting it into 3 pieces, following the natural breaks in the pattern.
Next, I painted them with some leftover paint I had from another project. I loved the lighter look already.
And to make the design pop, I gave it a dry brushing with a gorgeous brown craft paint. It gave it just enough color to make it really stand out.
To finish, I painted a couple of dowel rods with the same paint I used for the boards, attached cafe rod holders, and threaded my ribbon spools through them. After adding a couple of hangers to the back of each board, I hung them on the wall and dropped the dowel rods into the hangers.
Of course I'll need a pair of scissors handy to cut my ribbon, so I attached a hook to the bottom of the smaller piece and it makes a nice place to keep scissors on the ready.
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- Salvaged board (beside the road)
- Glidden paint - Sahara Desert Sand (Wal-Mart)
- Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint - Tilled Soil (Michael's)
- 2 Dowel Rods (Lowe's)
- 6 Picture Hangers (Lowe's)
- 4 Adjustable Cafe Curtain Rod Holders (Lowe's)
- 1 Cup Hook (Lowe's)
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Published October 31st, 2016 11:07 PM
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Bay16797251 on Dec 31, 2016Now that is just beautiful and you are a smart lady!
To Work With My Hands on Dec 31, 2016Thanks so much! It was a fun project.
Janice Van Cleve Rasmussen on Jan 31, 2017Love this!! Have needed this for YEARS!! I would need a whole wall of them for all my ribbon !! What a find !!
To Work With My Hands on Feb 01, 2017I'm so happy to hear that you've found a solution to a problem! I was honored to join Hometalk for a Facebook Live demonstration on how to make this this past November. You can find that video here if you'd like: https://www.facebook.com/toworkwithmyhands/posts/1123408777766077
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