Window Box Thinlits and Ribbon Storage

Normally, when you look at the awesome Window Box Thinlits you wouldn’t think about ribbon storage.  But……take your thoughts just a little bit out of the box and you’ll see just what you can do.

Ribbon holder
The items in my cute new boxes are all retired but I didn’t want to hide them away and forget about them.  I used retired A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper stack sheets to decorate my boxes.


Just to show you, my current ribbons live here:

Gutter ribbon holder
I’ve been using variations of sizes and placement of pieces of white plastic gutter for well over 15 years.  Now it’s a 6-7 foot length attached to the wall between it (wall) and my cupboards (built by hubby and me in 2003).


Ribbon holder
My stampin’ studio has very slanted walls (it’s a room above our garage) so I have to make use of any space I can in any way I can!  My ribbons are stored just inside the door on the left.


Now back to the ribbon storage boxes!

You’ll need a 6-1/4″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Whisper White Thick card stock (or any color card stock you might want to use) for starters.  Plus scraps large enough to accommodate the die cut end pieces, about 4″ square each.


Window box die measurements
Score the 6-1/4″ x 5-1/8″ piece of card stock at 1-3/8″ and 3-1/2″ and fold on score lines.


The next step is to die cut the Window Box Thinlit Die pieces.  You’ll just need the ‘top’ of the window box piece times two.

Cut the Window box die ends
Cut two of the ‘top flap’ of the Window Box.


Then cut off those thin strips as shown below.

Trim those hanging out ends
Remove those thin strips as shown in the photo above.


Window Box end piece - cut in half.
Window Box end piece – cut in half. You’ll need two of these pieces.


Carefully fold on the score lines of the three sides of what is now becoming the end flap for the ribbon holder.  Apply either Tear & Tape or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the ‘outside’ of these flaps and then position them inside each end of the folded ribbon holder base piece.  TIP:  Once you get the end pieces in place, burnish the flaps using a Bone FolderBurnish = rubbing them firmly to push the glue into the fibers of the card stock.  See photo below:

Adding end piece to box
Carefully place end pieces so that flaps are on the inside of the box.


interior of finished box showing both ends closed
Interior of finished box showing both ends closed.


You’ll need two pieces of Designer Series Paper, 1-3/4″ x 6″, for decorating the long outsides of the box.  For the end pieces, trim down that unused piece of the end of the box (third photo above) by about 1/8″ on all sides.  Then use it as a tracing template for your decorative pieces for each end of the storage box.

decorated exterior of box
Designer Series Paper decoration on outside of storage box.


I keep my finished Storage Boxes in a drawer where they’re easily visible and accessible.  They’re so much prettier than a plastic box.  And you can show it/them off as something that you’ve made.

Ribbon holder 2
Caution: they’re addictive! Let me know if you come up with other uses for these cute little trays.








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