Wine Rack to Ribbon “Cradle”

Wine Rack to Ribbon “Cradle”

I think we can all agree that my mind works in mysterious ways- sometimes it’s a great thing (when a project works out!) and sometimes it’s bothersome (when a project fails). But once again, there I was in a thrift store, looking at everything through Sadie-colored glasses…including this very unassuming (and unexciting) wicker/metal wine rack.

Wicker wine rack at thrift store / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Doesn’t look like much…

It wasn’t old or unusual in any way…truly a thrift store wall flower blending in with its surroundings. But, its shape definitely sparked my imagination…

When I returned home, I gave it a quick, imperfect dusting and tested my upcycling hypothesis- Would the wine bottle holders work as ribbon spool holders??

wicker wine bottle holder from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to be tested…

wicker wine bottle holder from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And passes with flying colors!

Now, long-time friends and readers might remember that craft ribbon storage is a path I’ve been on before! But over the years, I’ve accumulated more spools (I mean, who hasn’t?) AND a bunch of those spools have a smaller hole in the middle…in other words, I can’t use them on my previous project!

But now, with this wine rack, none of that mattered…I could transform it into a craft ribbon “cradle”, of sorts. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So, truth be told, I could have just set my spools in the wicker “cradles” and been done with it- no shame in that game! But c’mon…I at least had to paint it, right??

Wicker wine bottle holder repurposed to store spools of craft ribbon by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect- much prettier!

I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow my love of turquoise. Blame it on being a December baby…

But I digress…then I decided to improve upon it one step further…

I gathered a couple of things: Heavy gauge jewelry wire and wire cutters.

Wire cutters and jewelry wire / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Simple enough…

I wanted the spools to stay in place, but keep it user-friendly so that I could put the tail of one spool in order to cut off whatever I wanted. So I snipped a long piece of wire, threaded it through the holes on my spools, and then simply crimped the ends over the back of my wine rack.

Wicker wine bottle holder from the thrift store repurposed to store spools of craft ribbon by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like a little seat belt…

Wicker wine bottle holder from the thrift store repurposed to store spools of craft ribbon by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Secure and discreet!

Now the spools are secure, stay in place, but easy to swap out when a spool is emptied! How’s that for utilitarian storage? And you know what, it’s kind of cute, too!

Wicker wine bottle holder from the thrift store repurposed to store spools of craft ribbon by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!! Perfect for my craft room.

I’m pretty sure I could hang a small pair of scissors from the top if I wanted to…just to make it an all-in-one ribbon station! Now I can finally say that my craft ribbon stash is TRULY in order…with random treasures found at the thrift store- can’t beat that!

Craft on!

S


 

PIN ME!Wicker wine bottle holder from the thrift store repurposed to store spools of craft ribbon by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Another super cute, genius idea. You are so creative. I love this.

  2. How cute and smart! I’m not a ribbon collector but I can imagine other ways to use the wine rack too. How about with towels rolled up? Pinning.

    We are so happy that you join us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. It means so much to us. 🙂

  3. What a clever idea! And it doesn’t take up a ton of space!

  4. Denise at Knothead's Landing says:

    You really do deserve the nickname I have for you, Clever Girl.

  5. I love this! I have a box of ribbons that are all jumbled up and I could use this. I just wish I could find the wine rack that you have found. I will be looking at thrift stores and yard sales for similar items. Thanks for the idea.

  6. I can tell that you’re one of those gals that can look at anything and see another use for it!…This is much more clever than my shoe box ribbon holder lol

  7. Peggy Lynch says:

    Adorable! I am always amazed at your creative eye! This is incentive to tackle my garbage bag full of ribbon! #clfair

  8. Wow, what an inventive mind. I would have never thought of using it as a ribbon holder. Love your projects. #clfair

  9. chris aka monkey says:

    you be so smart sarah sadie,and i would love to win the tickets #clf, i live about an hour away xx

  10. Shay Moore says:

    #clfair— What an inspired idea! I love your blog, you are so clever!

  11. I just love this idea! So clever and great repurposing!

  12. Sarah, that’s so smart. If I could find something like this wine rack to store my ribbon, it would be perfect. I don’t have tons, but probably enough to fill that up. Thanks!

  13. jollyandhappy says:

    I love how your mind works! You are so creative!

  14. Fantastic reuse of an old wine rack. I am so doing this. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Tweeted and pinned. #clfair

  15. Excellent idea. It can be so agravating to have the ribbons all over the place

  16. This is TOTALLY fabulous! I have the same ribbon problem. Right now they are all in plastic boxes and the smaller bits in tiny snack bags in those color-coordinated boxes to cut down on the bulk. But some are so pretty you just want them seen! The wire was brilliant. Very nice! (And my favorite color, too!) Coming to you from TOHOT! ~jeanie from Marmelade Gypsy

  17. Love it…great idea!!! My family laughs at me because I don’t drink, but probably have more wine racks than someone who does. You got me thinking and inspiring me to see if any work for this! Awesome!

  18. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Really cute Sarah and I’m glad you painted it, it gives it that special crafty look! Now you’ve got a ribbon station that keeps them all in one place and it is also very functional! A win-win! Thanks for linking up with us at our very first party at Sweet Inspiration

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Mary! Congrats on the new party- can’t wait to come back week after week. 🙂

  19. Your craft ribbon organizer is heads and tails better than all my ribbon literally stuffed into a too small plastic bin. Great vision to see this from an old wine rack! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Fridays.

  20. Hi Sarah! This was a “Kismet” for sure, it’s just meant to be! Perfect little ribbon cradle! Love the colour you chose for it! Thank you for stopping by and linking up at Sweet Inspiration!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much! And I’m so happy to add your link party to my rotation- congrats! Great group of gals. 🙂

  21. Saw your link on the Sweet Inspiration link party, and I love it! Such a creative and compact way to store ribbon…I must have an old wine rack somewhere…

  22. so smart! i wish i had that sort of vision!
    b

  23. Great idea! I will have to keep this in mind when my son’s nursery is transformed into my sewing/craft room! 🙂

  24. I love this! I just redid my craft room, and I needed a new ribbon organizer.

  25. Great idea! I’m always looking for ways to store my hoard of ribbons. I’ll be on the look out.

  26. Such a great idea. Love the color you picked too. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

  27. Marcie Lovett says:

    Very clever! I would have walked right past that in the store.

  28. Such a cute idea! I had a ribbon rack that my husband had made and long story short we gave it to his mom. I miss my ribbon rack but this would be simple enough for me to make on my own.

  29. Such a great idea! I love the repurpose! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  30. This is such a great idea. I bet it also looks amazing on your crafting table.

  31. Great idea!

  32. Very cool! I love finding useless things and making them useful. 🙂 I love the turquoise, as well.

  33. Just stopping by to let you know this awesome post was picked as a feature on the #HomeMattersParty. You can find it featured at http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/home-matters-linky-party-82/. While you are there make sure to grab the I was featured button for you side bar.

  34. Oh my gosh..what a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  35. You turned that thrift store wall flower into a star! By the way, I love that description, thrift store wall flower.

  36. So clever to use a wine rack for ribbons. It’s so perfect and love the new color.

  37. Wow, what a transformation a coat of paint can do! Your DIY is great and so functional! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays. See you tomorrow!

  38. You always do such wonderful upcycle projects but this is one of my all time favourites so I just had to include it in my Earth Day round up http://www.purfylle.com/2016/04/36-earth-day-ideas.html

  39. Sarah, once again you’ve taken one thing and made into another cuter and more practical thing. Great idea. I’m very partial to anything turquoise or aqua too. And I’m a June baby. Go figure. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Designs.

  40. This is so perfect for a crafter – will be showing to my sister!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  41. Such a great idea! I’m going to see if my wine racks work.

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