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Shabby-Vintage Ribbon Spool Tutorial


I’m so excited to share my tutorial today because it’s such a simple solution for storing your full spools of beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon. Don’t hide them away…keep them out so they’re handy and easy to find. But if you’re thinking to yourself….the spool is not as beautiful as the ribbon on the spool. But why shouldn’t they be??? Finish them off and add them to a pretty vintage bowl or tray and keep them right out on your work surface.

IMG_1847Here’s a few resting in a pretty painted compote.

IMG_1852Or line them up in a vintage tray.


Maybe just stacked up a shelf…for pretty and practical decor.

This process is SUPER SIMPLE and you can choose just the right images to match your creative space.

IMG_1856First print out some images you love…for me..it’s gotta be pink and shabby. You can do a lot of mathing and print them out to measure exactly right……or…if you’re like me…just print them a bit big and trim the excess. Don’t worry if it’s not circular…just as long as your image is big enough to fit the size of the spool.

IMG_1857I traced a rough circle around my spool…neatness does not count as you can see lol.

IMG_1859Cut out your slightly too large image. The spools have a  shiny surface….so you’ll want to use your Scor-Tape to adhere the image. Little strips around the outside work just fine. Tare off the paper backing of the tape and adhere the spool to the center of your image on the back side of course and trim the excess with small sharp scissors just following the outside contour of the spool. Now you can finish it off with ink and embellishments. I chose butterflies and a small tag.


As you can see…I’ve gotten a lot of use from the Pink and Silver Gray Organza : ) Can you image how beautiful a big wire basket full of these vintage inspired ribbons spools would be??? I think I’ll be having a closer look at the selection of trims I can order on spools from RRR…so I can add to my collection . Some vintage images shown are from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.

Also here is a very exciting update for Really Reasonable Ribbon…they are now carrying a fabulous selection of Wild Orchard Craft Flowers. They are sooo beautiful I can’t wait to get my hands on lot’s of them…you’ll be seeing them in my projects soon…so hop on over  to check em out and get some for yourself…..just tell Bonnie Ginny sent ya lol. Click here…then scroll to the 2nd page of new and restocked items to see the flowers : )

Okay that’s it for my tutorial..I hope you love it as much as I do!

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative: ) G