Spool Cap Goodie Holder

Many of you remember that I removed all my ribbon off of spools and rolled it onto matboard bobbins so that I could decrease the huge storage space that rolls command.  (Check out this post to see what I mean. ) Well as I re-rolled the ribbon, I had many empty spools left over and the thought of throwing them away simply killed me.  For months they have perched in the corner of my craft room in a bag.  After thinking on what I could do with the leftover spools, I settled on this quick and easy idea.  With the help of some paper to cover and some transparency, I have and instant gift or goodie treatment.   I used one of the newly released sentiments from Our Daily Bread Designs – Joy to the World, along with one of the tags from the Spellbinders Tags 5 set to personalize the gift.   ETA:  On the blue gift holder I hung whimsical snowflakes using the Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder set, one of my seasonal favorites, you will see this one a lot.

Since the ends are round, your Circle and Scalloped Circle Spellbinder Nestabilities make the entire project quick and easy.  Here are the steps I took to make these cuties:

Assemble by adding top and adorning with ribbon.  On the red goodie holder I cut slits on the top and bottom and threaded ribbon through.  This will secure the top.  My slits went on the inside of the ring but they would work on the outside as well.  On the blue goodie holder I added glue dots to hold the top on.  Have fun with this!!

Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Joy to the World
Paper:  Hobby Lobby Christmas Pack
Ink:  Colorbox Chalk – Warm Red
Accessories:  Spellbinders Nestability Scalloped Circles, Spellbinders Nestability Circles, Spellbinders Nestability Tags 5, Spellbinders Nestability Snowflake Wonder, Transparency, Ribbon, Silver Cord, Red Cord, Martha Stewart Border Punch – Zig Zag, Martha Stewart Border Punch – Doily Lace

  • Troy LouiseNovember 6, 2008 - 1:49 pm

    What a great idea. Thanks for all of the great directions. Yours look so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • jami {sgtStamper}November 6, 2008 - 2:12 pm

    Awesome Becca!! These are gorgeous! I just love to see things get re-used and recycled like this!! I actually will buy one brand over another at the grocery store because it has packaging I can use for a craft!! Drives dh crazy!!!!
    hugs, JamiReplyCancel

  • SaraNovember 6, 2008 - 2:40 pm

    You are so creative!! I cannot believe that you saved all those spools. Mine go straight to the recycle bin. I’ll have to save one next time and give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • KellyMBNovember 6, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    What a great idea! You are so creative.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerNovember 6, 2008 - 3:04 pm

    Well, this is just the cutest idea, Becca! Ingenious! It looks pretty darn easy, too. You’re so clever!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferNovember 6, 2008 - 3:16 pm

    Wonderful idea! And so pretty.ReplyCancel

  • maggie fellowNovember 6, 2008 - 3:47 pm

    I did the very same thing! I just knew they could be used for something extrordinary. But my daughter cleaned my stamp room and through them out – even scolded me for being a pack rat. I feel much better now. tfs

  • DianeNovember 6, 2008 - 3:48 pm

    What a GREAT idea!!!!!!
    LOVE IT!!!!!


  • MrsHNovember 6, 2008 - 4:13 pm

    Good evening, Becca – now that is what I can ingenuity- such a fabulous idea for those empty spool reels – this I really must try. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • Jerri JimenezNovember 6, 2008 - 5:15 pm

    You never cease to amaze me girl! Oh my, I love these! Just fabulous! When I grow young, I want to design just like you!ReplyCancel

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  • JoaniNovember 6, 2008 - 7:19 pm

    How cool are those! You have the greatest imagination! If I had 1/16th of your talent….
    Thanks so much Becca. I think that I would like to do these, they are perfect for Christmas.

  • maryNovember 6, 2008 - 8:35 pm

    Becca: This is absolute G_E_N_I_U_S!!! I have a whole bag of those things, waiting for inspiration. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much for sharing your art with all of us.


  • PiaNovember 6, 2008 - 9:45 pm

    What a wonderful and clever idea. I just love when “trash” can be repurposed. Totally Amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (scrapnextras)November 6, 2008 - 10:08 pm

    holy Martha Becca! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley HollandNovember 6, 2008 - 10:45 pm

    I don’t believe it. Well, actually I do. You can make anything gorgeous out of a piece of garbage! Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)November 7, 2008 - 12:48 am


    Wow! Just when I think that you can’t get anymore creative, you do. I never would have thought of this, and I have already thrown away a bunch of ribbon spools. This is great, you made something pretty, and saved some space in a land fill. I will have to try this when I finish transfering my ribbon off of their spools.


  • CathyNovember 7, 2008 - 1:41 am

    What a FABULOUS idea! I can think of all sorts of wonderful things to put in these!

    Thanks for sharing – your creativity is awe-inspiring!

    Cathy W.ReplyCancel

  • Deb VandersteegNovember 7, 2008 - 8:03 am

    Becca, You are so creative. I love your work and this is no exception. What a great idea to use ribbon spools this way, and your card is just gorgeous. TFSReplyCancel

  • teresa chapmanNovember 7, 2008 - 9:03 am

    Wow – You are AWESOME! I just love this project. Thanks for all of the inspiration. YOU ROCK!


  • DebbieNovember 7, 2008 - 9:30 am

    Becca you never ever cease to amaze me!!!!!!!! I also have been saving up empty spools hoping that I would run across a project to use them. Thank you, thank you for this great project and wonderful tutorial I am blown away.

    Debbie/Phx AZ

  • Donna BillingsleyNovember 7, 2008 - 10:15 am

    Well now…aren’t these the cutrest, most clever little containers you’ve ever seen? I’ve had some tubes stashed away too and now I know exactly what I’ll do with them! You are a sweet-heart for sharing your ideas with us! Bless you Becca!!!ReplyCancel

  • DEENovember 7, 2008 - 10:37 am

    I really love this idea. Beautiful !
    Recycling w/ crafts is one of my favorite things to do.ReplyCancel

  • Lettie HootsNovember 7, 2008 - 11:58 am

    Becca, You are so Amazing!!! Great idea! you got it going girl! God Bless. ThanksReplyCancel

  • AngiNovember 7, 2008 - 12:42 pm

    Love, love, love that you reuse and recycle! I love to find new uses for things too – thanks for the inspiration, Becca!


  • LazyKayNovember 7, 2008 - 1:23 pm

    What a lovely idea and how beautifully you’ve done it.


  • AnnieNovember 8, 2008 - 7:28 am

    Thank you for another great gift idea and for including the instructions in order that we may also create one!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa GNovember 8, 2008 - 10:45 am

    What a fabulous idea! You are so creative. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Viki BanaszakNovember 8, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    What an awsome idea! Those are so cute :)ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideNovember 8, 2008 - 2:36 pm

    hey i might can even do this thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea!!
    hugs kayReplyCancel

  • Linda BNovember 8, 2008 - 10:36 pm

    Thnaks Bekka,,,,again….I cannot bear to waste anything empty….I must figure out a way to use it and you have rescued me once again. These are sooooo. pretty…..I love ribbons almost as much as I love pretty paper.ReplyCancel

  • AnneNovember 9, 2008 - 7:18 pm

    I have made little containers out of these parts, as well. It’s fun to re-purpose things, isn’t it?

  • Dana JoyNovember 13, 2008 - 7:13 pm

    You are just talented. Do you know how many spools I have gotten rid of? Not any more. Thanks for sharing your creativity.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Jo Price-WilliamsNovember 18, 2008 - 5:36 am

    This is brilliant! I hate to throw anything out so I have tons of these. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • Mel M. M. M.November 18, 2008 - 8:55 am

    You are nothing short of genius! Your work is so gorgeous and inventive that it boggles my mind. Beautiful Beautiful BEAUTIFUL! :O)ReplyCancel

  • Sandi AshNovember 19, 2008 - 10:30 pm

    A spectacular recycling project. Wouldn’t you know that I pitched hundreds of these away recently when I changed my ribbon storage. Just when I vowed I was buying no more ribbon. Oh well you can now be responsible for me going a yet another shopping spree. Thank you for sharing this gread idea.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda K.November 20, 2008 - 9:58 am

    Becca, These are fabulous. I have been slack reading my emails lately and I have missed out on seeing some of your fabulous designs.! These are great and what a great way to incorporate recycling into your crafting!!! Thanks for sharing, these are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • DeniseNovember 21, 2008 - 9:05 pm

    This is the most fabulous idea! You are so brilliant and creative. After seeing this post, I’ve been cleaning up my ribbon stash and have not gotten around to making a few goodie containers of my own and sharing pictures of them on my blog. Thanks for sharing your brilliance with us!ReplyCancel

  • Debi E. - Rittman, OHDecember 5, 2008 - 9:56 am

    Hi Becca – I love this spool idea – I’m going to case it for our Sunday School class’ Christmas project for their parents. I’ll send you a pic of ours when they’re done.

    Love and prayers,

  • KimApril 19, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    OMG these are lovely! I am a huge packrat. I removed the ribbon from a dozen or so spools and after close scrutiny “what can I do with these” tossed them…I think you are extremely creative. Now..where is my trash can-maybe they’re still in there!!!ReplyCancel

  • skippyOctober 22, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    They really are cute. If you really want to recycle, instead of using transparancies, how about taking a 2 or 3 liter soda bottle, cutting the top and bottom off and use the center part . Cut length wise and measure for the size of your ribbon rolls.
    Just A Thought!ReplyCancel