Handmade Wooden Ribbon Dispenser

I love cardmaking and my husband, Glen, loves woodworking. Recently, these two hobbies combined when Glen made me a wooden ribbon dispenser. Previously, I stored my ribbon in a plastic tool box which made it difficult to see what colors and types I had. I looked around online for storage options but the nice wooden ones were around $70 and $100 and I just didn’t want to spend that kind of money on a dispenser. So I asked my husband if he could come up with something and here is his creation:

Glen made it so that it would be light enough to carry, compact enough to sit on my work table (board on top of guest room bed ;)), but roomy enough to store a good amount of ribbon. He far exceeded my expectations and it didn’t cost him a thing since he already had the materials in his shop, even the dowels.

His starting point was to look at my ribbon collection. He deduced that I’m drawn to quarter inch ribbon. I had 74 rolls of this size. He then looked at the various sizes of dowels he had on hand and the 3/8 inch size worked perfectly. He drilled holes for four dowels using a 3/8″ Forstner drill bit to create tiers. Each tier holds 20 rolls of quarter inch ribbon giving me 80 rolls of storage. He made the unit’s base thicker and heavier so it wouldn’t flop over while being used, and used thinner wood for the sides, making the overall unit lightweight. He also added support to the back and cut out a hand-hole to carry it around if needed. He added nice touches to the dispenser by routing edges, sanding, adding clear varnish, steel wooling, and then adding another layer of clear varnish for a smooth, shiny piece of art.

And this is what it looks like with the ribbon! I love how he made this! It’s perfect for storing and dispensing.

Since the dowels are not permanently affixed, I can remove and add rolls of ribbon as needed. Also, the spools of ribbon move freely for dispensing and can all be seen at a glance which helps me visually. I love this dispenser and truly appreciate my husband’s support of this hobby which brings me so much joy. I’m also tickled that he had fun designing and creating his first ribbon dispenser. It’s a win-win for us both!