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I recently had the chance to visit Ikea for their new Catalog Launch and came away so inspired! They really have a lot of great stuff there and I found myself leaving with a HUGE wish list and some great ideas for our home (I’m really excited about our Play room makeover!).
But even if you’re not ready to do anything big to your home, Ikea is the place for the little extra pieces of decor that you need to give your home some uniqueness. They also have some very useful tools for the kitchen, kids rooms, bedrooms, and any other place you need in your home that make it more functional. I love strolling done the aisles and finding new things I can use, including finding another use for them.
I have walked passed these paper rolls more times than I can count, but on this visit I was inspired by something I had been needing. When I looked at it, I thought it would make the PERFECT Washi Tape holder. I am a hoarder when it comes to Washi Tape and ribbon and, until now, they have been sitting in boxes that are difficult to get to. As a result, I didn’t use my Washi nearly as much as I wanted to. With this new storage holder, however, I have it right at my fingertips! Hurray!
If you would like to make one for yourself, here’s how I did it. This would also work great for smaller spools of ribbon. I added a few things to make it even more useful and cute!
The Paper Roll holder is really easy to put together. It took about five minutes. Once that’s done, just add your Washi tape. I color coordinated mine to make it easier for me to find what I need. I also pulled it out so I don’t have to search for the beginning of the roll every time I need a piece. The bar on the top of the paper roll holder worked perfectly for this.
Next, I used my Washi to decorate a little. Why not? It added some extra color and fun. I had thought about painting the entire thing with chalk paint, but I decided against it. The only color, I concluded, that would work is white because that would show off all of the colors best. However, because I have so much white in my craft room already, I decided to keep it as is. Besides, the natural wood is beautiful!
Next, I wanted to use those trays on the sides. One of them is great for holding pens, pencils, and paint brushes. The other tray is flat. It was time for me to bust out the power tools! I already had some 1/4″ wooden dowels on hand. I measured them at 2.5 inches each and then my hubby cut them with our scroll saw. I’m still working on getting comfortable with saws (I too easily imagine myself cutting off my fingers by accident-darn anxiety!).
Once the dowels were cut (I used two of them), I needed to measure out and mark where I wanted them to. The ones on the ends were two inches away from the sides and then the rest were spaced 3 inches apart. With the markings done, it was time to drill. I found a drill bit that was the same size as the dowels to make it a snug fit. I did drill all the way down and pushed each dowel piece in as far as it would go.
And that was all it took to make the perfect storage for my Washi tape. I happened to have some wooden spools on hand already, and I used those to hold some extra pieces of ribbon I had lying around. It added more color and pattern! They popped on the dowels easily.
Next time you’re in Ikea, be sure to look for ways to use things unconventionally. They really have thousands of ways to help you make your home functional and unique.