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Ribbon Storage Solutions: Craft Ideas for Boxes, Organizers, and More

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A pants or skirt hanger can make a great ribbon storage rack.

A pants or skirt hanger can make a great ribbon storage rack.

One important aspect of any type of craft or art work is storing and organizing your supplies. Those of us who like to craft have a habit of acquiring a lot of materials. It is easy to let these materials take over our entire homes. This is neither useful nor practical. While it isn't fun to take time away from creating to organize, the result is well worth it. Once you have good storage and organizational systems in place, they will require little, if any maintenance.

The tutorials and other ideas here fit a wide variety of ribbon quantities. Consider what will make sense for your needs. If you only ever have a dozen rolls on hand, opt for a smaller storage system. It's also important to consider your space needs and if you will be traveling with your supplies. Wall mount storage units may be a better bet for smaller craft rooms while those who travel frequently should consider portable options.


Bookcase With Dowels Ribbon Storage

Edi uses a couple dowel rods in her bookcase to create ribbon storage. She uses paper clips to attach the ribbons to the dowels. The big advantage of this system over threading the rolls right through the dowels is that you can take off individual rolls as you want. Instead of removing all of the rolls when one runs out, simply un-clip that one from its paper clip. You can customize this concept for a wide variety of bookcase sizes and shapes.

Here's another example of a dowel system but without paper clips so you have to slide other rolls off to take out empties.  The wall mounting is nice.

Here's another example of a dowel system but without paper clips so you have to slide other rolls off to take out empties. The wall mounting is nice.


Recycled Oatmeal Container Ribbon Holder

The next time you finish a container of oats, save it so you can make a ribbon holder. Simply cut a hole in the side. You can decorate it with scrapbook paper like the one pictured. The hole should be large enough that you can slip the rolls right in and out through it. This is an ideal solution for those with smaller collections, although you may choose to make multiple containers to accommodate more rolls. The post doesn't mention it, but you can see in the photo that the designer created a small rest for the container so it doesn't roll enough. This is easy enough to construct out of cardboard.


Another Bookshelf Ribbon Rack

This post is actually about a different, equally great craft storage system for storing die cuts. It just happens to include a couple pictures of this great bookshelf that she uses for her ribbon storage. How perfect is this? If you can find something with appropriately sized shelves but without lipped edges, you can add them. Otherwise keep your eyes open when you're thrifting for the perfect shelf. Don't be afraid to pick up something that needs a little work. Sanding and/or a coat of paint is much cheaper than buying a brand new shelf (though if you find the perfect one, a new one can be a great option, too).


Wall Mount Ribbon Storage Shelves

Paula has a great tutorial for building ribbon shelves that you can mount on the wall. While these shelves will work just fine on a desk or table, mounting them gives you more working space. Consider not only how much ribbon you have now but how much ribbon you're planning to add to the collection over the next year. While you're building shelves, it's easier to build one or two extra now than pull everything out again later. You can paint or decorate these any way you like to match your craft room décor.


Ribbon Scrap Storage

While this isn't a practical solution for storing yards and yards of different colored ribbon, this system is perfect for winding up little scraps left over from various projects. I love how the author organized her scrap by color so she can find what she needs later. She wraps her ribbons around foam core. This system could work well for storing fabric scraps, too.

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Shoebox Ribbon Storage

Michelle has a simple tutorial for creating a shoebox ribbon storage box with scrapbook paper and eyelets. She used a skinny shoe box, but you can use a larger one for even more storage. Consider how wide your ribbon rolls are when you space your eyelets. If you have a number of wide rolls, give them more space. For those who travel with their supplies frequently, this is a great option.


Ribbon Storage Posts

Kelley uses dowels and scrapbook paper to create vertical dowels for her ribbon rolls. She sorts her ribbons by color and organizes all of the dowels in one of her plastic storage drawers. It is easy to take old rolls off these small dowels. It's also easy to take out and put away a few rolls at a time instead of letting your entire collection take over your work space. If you don't already have plastic drawers, watch for sales in big box stores during late summer. I've picked up 3 drawer sets (2-3" feet tall total) for under $10 at Wal-Mart during these sales.


Storage Bin Ribbon Organizer

This idea is similar to the shoebox design. The trade off is that while you don't have to go through the process of setting eyelets, you have dowels that don't allow for easy change out. However, if you have a small collection and can find a bin that fits your ribbon, you may be just fine with this easy solution. Most dollar stores and big box stores have a wide selection of storage bins. Bring some ribbon rolls with you to make sure that the sizing is appropriate.


Wooden Crate and Old Knobs Ribbon Storage

For those of you who enjoy thrifting and/or repurposing, this will get your minds going. Honestly, this is generally not so much my style, but I appreciate those who can see the potential for these old objects. This model is similar to several other ones I've shown in this post so the process is pretty self-explanatory. You can use just about any type of crate and knobs. The search will be as much fun as the final creation process.

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More Great Craft Room Storage Hubs and Resources

Kristen and her husband created a wall mount craft storage unit with mason type jars, repurposed belts, and a dowel for ribbon.

Kristen and her husband created a wall mount craft storage unit with mason type jars, repurposed belts, and a dowel for ribbon.

Store small ribbon collections in soda straw dispensers.

Store small ribbon collections in soda straw dispensers.

Sticky back Velcro is a great way to keep your ribbon rolls from unrolling everywhere.


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 21, 2012:

Thanks so much!

viveresperando from A Place Where Nothing Is Real on September 21, 2012:

so loved these!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 27, 2012:

This sounds like a great organization system, Judy! Thanks for sharing!

Judy Nolan on February 27, 2012:

Great ribbon storage ideas! I store my ribbon spools in plastic see-through boxes in color groups, and stack the boxes on shelves. When it comes to ribbon scraps, I simply use snack bags, and group them in colors as well, storing them in the same kind of boxes. Whenever I'm looking for ribbon, it is easy to find because of how the colors are grouped.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 26, 2012:

Thanks Bianca! It is definitely expensive compared to a wooden ribbon holder. It may wear out over time, but it's easy enough to make a new one.

biancaalice from Southern California on February 26, 2012:

Wow this was so cool to read. I can't believe someone made a ribbon holder out of an oatmeal can. It looked really good and it's inexpensive compared to the wood built ribbon holders.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 25, 2012:

Thanks alifeofdesign! I enjoy putting these posts together.

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on February 25, 2012:

As a former magazine stylist and as a craft, I have a lot of 'stuff' and I enjoy seeing the storage ideas that other people come up with. Thank you for compiling.

Best Regards,

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 20, 2012:

I'm so glad that this is helpful for you! Thanks for the vote!

Om Paramapoonya on February 20, 2012:

Nice! I'm pretty artistic but not very organized so little tips like these are very helpful to me. I love the "shoebox ribbon storage" idea. Rated waaaaaay up!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 17, 2012:

Thanks Silwen, Marla, Jen, and Edi! I'm so glad that you like the ideas here.

You're welcome, Edi! I'm glad that this is still working well for you.

Edi on February 17, 2012:

I love the idea for the pants hanger! And the bookshelf made to fit the ribbon rolls perfectly is great!

I still love my dowel/paper clip system though :) Thanks for sharing it...hope others like it too :)

Jen Womeldorf from Phoenix, Arizona on February 17, 2012:

I love the different ideas created from the same basic principle. Thanks!

Marla J Neogra from Parkersburg, West Virginia on February 17, 2012:

Excellent ideas! I love to make things to organize as well. Voted up!

Silwen from Europe on February 17, 2012:

Great ideas for organizing ribbons. Thank you.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 17, 2012:

Thank you!

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on February 17, 2012:

Great idea!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 17, 2012:

kikalina, thank you! That means a lot to me.

imatellmuva, thanks! I'm so glad that this gave you an organization idea for your belts. I think that the hanger would work well. The metal pants and skirts hangers can hold a fair amount of weight. If it gets to be too much, you can always add another one. They don't take up too much space.

imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on February 17, 2012:

randomcreative, I am so inspired by this hub! Reading through this and viewing your picture slide show, gave me an idea that I haven't considered.

I make custom leather cuffs from reclaimed leather remnants and belts. I am having a time keeping the belts organized.

I can use the idea with the hanger (I have one) and add belts organized by color on each rack of the hanger. I don't think weight will be an issue, but if so, I'll figure something out.

It's funny how you can get an idea for one thing, from another!!

You're awesome! Thanks!!

kikalina from Europe on February 17, 2012:

I can never resist reading your amazing hubs. Thanks great job. Will be sharing!

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