DIY Ribbon Storage Box

Not only is Aldo commemorating their 40th anniversary this year, they’re also celebrating their long term commitment to reduce waste. By adding handles to their eco-friendly shoe boxes and turning them into bags, the goal is to reduce bag consumption by 40% this year and 70% by the end of next year. So when Aldo asked us to repurpose their special edition shoe box into something functional, we embraced the challenge. Reuse, repurpose, recycle . . . no problem.

You’ll need:

Start by measuring the length and width of each side of the shoebox, including the lid. Cut with a ruler and an exacto knife. There should 9 pieces of paper cut out.

Dip the sponge brush in Mod Podge and generously brush it over the entire top of the lid.

Lay the cut paper over the wet area. Continue gluing paper onto the other sides.

Once all the sides are covered in paper, coat the entire shoe box with a layer of Mod Podge. As it dries, it will become transparent.

Once the lid and the box are completely dry, stack the spools of ribbon along one side of the box. Mark the middle points of each spool with a pen. Using the eyelet setter, punch a hole at each of the marks.

Push the eyelets through the punched holes. Using setting portion of the setter, set each eyelet. If you don’t have an eyelet setter, you can skip this step.

Thread the ribbons through the backside of the eyelets. Repeat the steps on the opposite side of the box.

Place the lid over the box to store.

Viola, you’ve just repurposed an old shoe box into a beautiful ribbon storage container!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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89 Comments

  1. That’s amazing! Love that DIY!

    Attic San Francisco in http://cravingforbarneys.com

    10.18.12
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  2. EmerJa wrote:

    Amazing idea!! Love it:) I need to buy some tools to do some of yous DIYs that I love 😛

    http://www.emerjadesign.com

    10.18.12
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  3. I like this idea!!!

    http://thestelstyle.com/

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  4. Mocha wrote:

    Great project
    it is so cute 🙂

    10.18.12
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  5. irene wibowo wrote:

    nice idea. 🙂
    Irene Wibowo

    10.18.12
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  6. Nomadic D wrote:

    So fancy with the eyelets and everything! I’ve seen this done before but honestly yours is the best.

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

    10.18.12
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  7. Stephanie wrote:

    Wow that is so dope! Looks really good, thanks for the tip! 🙂

    Xx Stephanie, http://www.stephaniefasen.com

    10.18.12
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  8. M wrote:

    Absolutely AMAZING idea!!
    http://mergestyle.blogspot.com

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  9. Nadja wrote:

    what an awesome idea! really clever! i love how you realized it 🙂

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  10. tabetha wrote:

    Love this idea & particularly handy this time of year!

    http://aclosetintellectual.blogspot.com/

    10.18.12
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  11. Evylin wrote:

    Que ideia bacanaa…
    Amei! <3

    Beijos, Evylin

    http://www.pitadadecriatividade.blogspot.com

    10.18.12
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  12. Sanne wrote:

    What an amazing idea, great. So handy, you always have those things lying around eitherways. Liked on bloglovin!

    10.18.12
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  13. Erin wrote:

    Love this!! The paper source ribbon square is such a pain for storage. Thanks so much!!

    10.18.12
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  14. Perfect for organizing! Love that pattern paper too.

    10.18.12
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  15. Mila wrote:

    I found a lot of inspirations on your blog. thanks! <3 If u want come chceck out my DIY blog at http://www.milavojtowicz.blogspot.com

    10.18.12
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  16. Maria wrote:

    I’ve seen this done at other blogs but yours by far is the one I’m going to be working in this weekend. The addition of the eyelets makes it fancier. Thanks for sharing!

    10.18.12
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  17. Luana wrote:

    Really great idea !!

    I’m posting accessories from Los Angeles on my blog!
    Take a look!

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    <3

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  18. Sara Pires wrote:

    I just Love this DIY 😀

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  19. Hey ladies,

    watch our first DIY-post about a bracelet inspired by Cartier:

    http://acouplesgallery.blogspot.de/2012/10/diy-nail-bracelet.html#more

    D & G

    xx

    10.18.12
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  20. Stacy wrote:

    Good diy!

    I like geometric print! That made clothing is unusually!

    Stacy from http://www.stacyco.blogspot.com

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  21. PAssion of sisters wrote:
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  22. Jessica wrote:

    Whoaaa this is such a good idea!

    The Lovelorn

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  23. ran wrote:

    Cool! Can you do more DIY on projects that involve shoe boxes?

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  24. LOVE your DIY’s – and this one is perfection:)

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  25. Jane wrote:

    Pretty and functional. This is one of my favorites Erica!

    10.18.12
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  26. Tanya wrote:

    This is such a fantastic idea!!!!
    xx Tanya
    http://aciddreamsandsugarhighs.blogspot.com/

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  27. rachael wrote:

    honestly, i thought this was going to look really shitty, but this looks amazing! i love the grommets!

    rachael

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  28. Danni wrote:

    It’s a great DIY! I will totally do it n.n!

    10.18.12
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  29. Kat wrote:

    That is impressive! Wonderful work.

    http://swagnstyle.blogspot.ca

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  30. qianrui wrote:

    this is really cool! shall try it in future 🙂
    http://mayotuna.blogspot.com

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  31. Mamzelle Cahuète wrote:

    Amazing idea, love it!!

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  32. This is a great idea!!! I will try it with my silk cords!! 🙂
    http://bonnieclydemarni.blogspot.gr/

    10.19.12
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  33. Great idea! Thank you so much ♡

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  34. Malak wrote:
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  35. Stella wrote:

    Amazing shoe box. I think you are God gifted art. You make thinks just fantabulous.

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  36. This is a great idea! I can use this for my crochet threads! Thank you!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetMiracles

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  37. Ula wrote:

    This is such a great idea! Amazing! I absolutely love it.

    10.19.12
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  38. I love this idea!!
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    10.19.12
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  39. Your DIYs are always amazing and useful 🙂

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    fashion – trends – DIYs

    10.19.12
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  40. Kim wrote:

    awesome post! beautiful AND functional? It doesn’t get any better than that!

    10.19.12
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  41. Marj wrote:

    Si neat!

    10.20.12
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  42. efrat wrote:

    AWESOME idea!!!!!!!

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  43. That’s a neat idea!
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    10.21.12
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  44. gullamano wrote:

    so amazing idea

    10.21.12
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  45. Danyka wrote:

    This is seriously a great idea~ I believe I will have to create a Pinterest board to celebrate your creativity~ thanks!

    10.22.12
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  46. Erin wrote:

    How do your paper source ribbons spin in the box?

    10.22.12
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  47. Rochelle Oh wrote:

    this is such an awesome idea! one thing, when you pull the ribbon and the spools spin, wont the spools move?

    10.23.12
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  48. Mrs D wrote:

    That’s a great idea!

    10.24.12
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  49. cathy wrote:

    This is fantastic. Too bad I don’t use ribbons.

    check out my post on how to bring a lace dress into fall!
    http://onceuponasprinkle.blogspot.com/2012/10/denim-lace.html

    10.25.12
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  50. nouraezel wrote:

    wow

    10.28.12
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  51. Güler wrote:

    great post!

    my DIYs ——–> http://gkdone.blogspot.com/

    10.28.12
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  52. Chropovec wrote:

    😀 cool I love it

    10.28.12
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  53. Aldos wrote:

    I love DIYs!

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    10.28.12
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  54. Ester wrote:

    nice idea..can i made 1 for myself

    11.3.12
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  55. Rose wrote:

    omg it’s amazing! Loveit

    11.5.12
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  56. Debbie wrote:

    Such a neat and functional idea !

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  57. Fantastica idea

    11.15.12
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  58. mienie wrote:

    Just Brilliant. Thanks!

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  59. I think my inner neat freak just came 😮

    12.20.12
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  60. SERENA wrote:

    Where did you get that ribbon? They are pretty and come in nice spools.

    3.31.13
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  61. Tristan wrote:

    Wonderful work. It is useful storage box. Thanks for sharing this idea.

    9.4.13
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  62. Great idea!!

    If you want, visit my blog:

    http://thefivedreamcatchers.blogspot.com.es

    Thanks!

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  63. Mary wrote:

    Great idea! I see what looks like acrylic pieces between each ribbon spool. What are they and where did you get those?

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  64. It’s a really amazing ideas you share on this blog. I am read your blog and i get the creative ideas. Thanks for sharing great blog.

    8.31.18
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