Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Clementine Crate Ribbon Rack

My family loves clementines (... ahem... *I* love clementines, but the others like them too...)  So, we often are left with these...
I hated just throwing them away.  For months I've been trying to figure out a use for them.  
Then while trying to organize my crafts a little, it came to me.  

I made this...
A RIBBON crate!

Clementine crate, with papers and mesh removed
drill and 1/4" drill bit
1/4" dowels (bought in a bag of several)
patterned paper
Mod Podge & brush
Distress Ink
Sharpie (or label)

First, I drilled a few holes.  They were about 1" down from the top and about 3" in from the sides.... all drilled on the long side of the crate.

Then I painted the crates... in this case, a dark taupe.  You can probably sand it down a bit to make it less rustic, but I liked the rustic appeal.

Then I decoupaged a piece of paper to the side (look familiar?  Yup... it's a leftover piece from my Easter plaque.)

Then I decoupaged a little white sign that reads "ribbons", 
distressed it a little using Distress Ink (I picked that up after reading about it so much in Kierste's blog, Brown Paper Packages), 
added a few little ribbons to the dowels, 
popped the dowels into the holes... and wah-lah... a ribbon crate.  

The cool thing with this is that once I make a few more, they will be stackable (see the little posts that stick up in the corners?)
A side view...
Front view...
Gotta go buy some more clementines now to make a whole stack of them!



  1. Ok. I know it sounds like I just always say this stuff....but this is just such a great idea! I never think of things this clever! Wow.

  2. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!



  3. This is beautiful! thanks for linking up!

  4. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


  5. Wow! You are one talented cookie! This is awesome! I don't have any ribbons and I still want to make one!

  6. Wow! You must have some kind of vision to put that together. I'm impressed! I'm also your newest follower. Great blog!


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