I’m super excited to share this DIY. It’s an easy and pretty inexpensive way of creating your own customizable ribbon rack which you can set up anywhere you want!
To create one floating ribbon rack, you’ll need the following:
– two 1 3/4″ (44.5 mm) wood doll heads/knobs (make sure that the knobs are flat on one end with a .19″ hole)
– two 1″ w/ 3/8″ hole wood dowel caps
– one 5/16 x 24″ wood dowel
– two 1 1/2″ brass cup hooks
– two 1 1/4″ flat head nails
– acrylic paints, acrylic gloss spray
– hammer, pliers, and tape measure
– sand paper (if needed)
1 – Sand all your wood materials, then paint them the colors of your liking. Let dry, and then seal the colors by spraying 1 to 2 coats of acrylic gloss. Dry for at least 2-3 hours. You may also choose to use spray paint or acrylic paints with a gloss finish and skip the sealer.
2- At the center of each knob, screw in a cup hook. This is easier said than done. I recommend to first hammer a nail in the knob’s center to create an opening for the hook and then with pressure screw in the hook. I did most of the work by hand, but towards the end I used pliers, and then my bf, to secure the hooks completely into the knobs.
3 – Take the flat-head nails and hammer them (flat-head end first, sharp end of the nail will be sticking out) into the 0.19″ opening of each knob. If your flat head nails are too narrow for the opening it will not work effectively. You want to secure the nail within each knob’s opening, so it looks like giant push-pins (see pic below).
4 – Now it’s time to set up your rack! Using your tape measure, measure your knobs/push-pins at 21.5″ apart and mark the distance, then gently hammer in each knob until it’s affixed to the wall. Insert the spools on the dowel and close off the ends with your dowel caps, and then hang it up!
There are lots of possibilities when making this rack. You can adjust the dowel length to your liking and can make as many as you need. The rack can also be placed just about anywhere. Oh, it can also be used to hang a mini quilt! If you have any questions on the construction of this rack, please feel free to email me! Sue