Upcycle: Turn an Oatmeal Box Into a Pretty Ribbon Holder

by on Dec 3, 2008

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 Turn an oatmeal box, baby wipe container, corn meal box or any other cylindrical container into a fabric covered pretty ribbon container. Covering the container with a fun fabric  could easily turn this into the perfect handmade gift for the crafty friends in your life. To see the step by step instructions and photographs, read on….

What you need:

  • container
  • fabric
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • straight edge
  • utility knife
  • spray adhesive
  • fabric glue
  • gimp or other trim for the top
  • dowel rod (optional)

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What you do:

1. Using a straightedge, draw a one inch wide rectangle running the length of the oatmeal box and cut out the rectangle.

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2. Measure the circumference and height of the box, adding one inch to both measurements.

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3.  Cut your fabric to to the determined size.

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4.  Spray adhesive onto the oatmeal box and wrap the fabric around, stopping short of the end.

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5.  Run a line of fabric glue along the cut edge and fold over to form a finished edge.

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6.  Finish wrapping the fabric around box and secure the edge with fabric glue.

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7.  Run a line of fabric glue or hot glue along the inside top of container and fold fabric down until it’s secure.

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8.  With a pen, draw a line down the center of the fabric that is covering the cut out rectangle, stopping an inch short of the end and then continuing the line out to the right and left corner in a “v”.

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9.  Cut fabric along drawn lines. Apply glue to the edges and fold ‘flaps’ to the inside of the container. Hold tight until fixed securely.

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10.  Trace the top of the container onto your fabric. Cut out, glue onto the top of the container and add gimp along the cut edge.

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11.  Cut a piece of dowel rod to run through the ribbon spools. You could make several of these containers and string them through one long dowel rod that you hang handily above your craft area. 

Gift Idea: Make one or two for a friend and fill them with some fancy spools of ribbon.

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