This little bow keeper had some very humble beginnings. Remember my favorite salvage place?
Pretty humble, huh? That’s because this warehouse space is used to sell donated “rehab stuff” to raise money for The Learning Center (school for young children). No need for fancy signage – rehab-ers don’t need a sign, ’cause they can sniff it out from miles away!
A few months ago, I hauled home a load of cabinet doors, drawers, and used light fixtures. Check out how I made Ornaments from 1970’s Light Fixture. There’s a picture in that post of the old light fixtures inside a drawer. That’s this drawer, y’all. What a coincidence, huh?
It was in better shape than any others I brought home with my “haul”, but I wanted a more distressed look. After removing the drawer slides, I sanded it a little. I added two eye-hooks inside the drawer front and hung ribbons from them. After adding ribbon around the knob, I put a hanging bracket on the back so it can hang on a wall.
I hot glued 1/4″ ribbon to the inside edges and 1″ ribbon on both outer sides to hide the paint-less strip where the drawer slides were located. (Forgot to show y’all that – sorry.) Thought I was finished. But, it just never really “grabbed” me, you know?
Yesterday, I was twirling while “un-decking our halls” and found myself digging in my craft stash. (Twirling is when you keep getting off task, changing directions often.) I noticed some leftover fabric from a cushion I’d made for my daughter’s room. Idea flash! Found some cardboard and cut it to fit the inside of that bow keeper drawer.
I used a craft adhesive spray to attach the fabric to the cardboard piece, angle-cutting and folding the corners before folding over all sides to the back. I pressed it smooth with my hands, did a test fit, then hot-glued it inside the drawer. I liked it so well, I did the same treatment to the other bow keeper I’d made.
It’ll be even cuter with many colorful bows clipped onto those ribbons. And so useful for organizing those multitudes of bows! You could make one of these out of any old drawer. Never throw away furniture, y’all! So much you can do with all the parts after dismantling. Check out my crafts and DIY sections for more ideas, y’all. ‘Cause it’s fun!