Yesterday was the monthly "Scrapstashers" class, where we receive a list of supplies to bring from our "stash" and we do a mystery project.
Since the big push lately is to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, we were to bring empty ribbon spools to class. The first project is a little treat container made with two identical size spools. One side of the spools were removed and patterned paper strips adhered to the cardboard "spool" part. A coordinating paper was adhered to the ends of each spool. A heavy acetate piece was rolled and the edges taped together and then inserted in the bottom spool. Ribbon was threaded through a hole in the bottom spool, then through a button, and then back up through the hole. The two ends of ribbon were pulled through the tube and through a hole on the top spool and tied in a bow. To open, you untie the ribbon and pull the spool up enough to remove the gift inside. This would be adorable as a baby gift, with little booties inside. Candy is another great option or maybe a small gift.
The second project is a little spool "topper" that can be used on top of a wrapped present in lieu of the bow. Or, it could be sent as a little card substitute. Patterned paper was adhered to both ends of a wider spool. Around the area where ribbon is usually wound, we adhered two strips of coordinating cardstock (end-to-end). This is enough to go around the spool completely to cover the cardboard and then have a leftover length to wrap around some more - you can stamp or write your special message on the undecorated side. I added ric rac to the outside. On top is a bow of tulle, layered with flowers and a button. If you cut the cardstock strips the exact width of the spool, the end will stay by itself when wrapped around.Aren't these just the cutest little projects? I just love going to Scrapstashers - the mystery of it is so fun and it's great to get ideas for using up some of the stash we all have in our art rooms! And, everyone's finished projects are so different, depending on their stash!