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Ribbon Organization -Tips and Ideas

Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Where Is The Ribbon In Your Craft Space

Have you found yourself in the middle of a project trying to find just the right piece of ribbon ?

I know that there was a time that I was so frustrated trying to find the one ribbon that I wanted in a mess of pieces in a shoe box or a zip lock bag. I wasted too much of my precious craft time finding the right piece of ribbon.

It was then that I decided to get myself organized. Now I go to my system and find the right piece of ribbon in less than five minutes.

So, do you know where to lay your hands on that one piece of ribbon when you need it? If not, it is time to get your ribbon sorted and organized ! You will spend less time looking and more time crafting !

Gathering Your Ribbon-Sorting It All Out

The first step to organizing your ribbon, is to get it all together in one space to see exactly what you have. Look in all the nooks and crannies of your craft spaces to find all things that are ribbon. You may be surprised on the amount of ribbon you actually have,

Different widths of ribbon may require different storage options. That lovely wired wreath ribbon is going to need a far different storage solution that the sweet one inch grosgrain ribbon.

Grab all your spools and bits in one location, Spread every ribbon spool and bit of ribbon on a bed or on the floor.

  1. Pile all your bits and scraps of ribbon in one pile
  2. Pile the pieces that are off spool but larger than a scrap
  3. Pile all your spools of ribbon in another pile
  4. Now take each pile and separate by color.

Now you have a few decisions to make. The first being will you store your ribbon by color or by size. You should chose which way to go by the way your brain works. If you tend to think in color, like I do, then your decision is easy. If I am looking for red ribbon, I like all my red options in one location.

On the other hand, if you like all your 1" ribbon choices in one location , them storing ribbon by size is the better option for you.

Now that you have made your first ribbon storage decision, move all your ribbon either into piles by color or piles by the width of ribbon.


Getting Your Ribbon Organized

Now that you have your piles organized, it is time to think about how you are going to store them.

First go to what you may have available in your craft room or in your home. Look for baskets, bins, plastics, jars and anything that you may be able to use that is available. After all, money saved is money that can be spent on other craft supplies.

  • Make your own cardboard bobbins and wrap ribbon around them and store in any container that you might have.
  • Fold ribbon in two inch lengths and use a rubber band to hold it together.
  • Wrap your pieces of ribbon in a roll and secure with washi tape
  • CD clear plastic containers can hold two to three spools of ribbon.

Now it's time to consider and decide what system you will use to store your ribbon,

Where you store your ribbon depends on the amount of ribbon you have and the space that you have to store it. If you only have a few spools of ribbon, you may only need a zip lock bag or a photo box to store your ribbon stash.

If you have a large stash of ribbon, then you may have to create a zone where all your ribbon is in one place.

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Vertical Option One

There are quite a few options when it comes to arranging your ribbons vertically, The first thing that comes to mind is a paper towel holder that is on a stand. Yes, that would be the logical solution, however, you would need a very thin upright to be able to stack those ribbon spools. Another thought on using paper towel holders is that the cost might range from $15.00 a piece. That seems like a lot.

Another thought might be to use a straw storage container to pile spools of ribbon in.

Instead, purchase some dowels and some small pieces of trim. Add some decorative trim on top that you can remove. Paint them a color to match your craft space and you are good to go.


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Dollar Store Container And Dowels

Who does not love the dollar store when it comes to getting the answer to our storage solutions. This idea will cost you just a few dollars. Get one of those dollar store containers with the multiple holes in them. Purchase some thin dowels and cut to fit through the longer side of the container and part way out. You only need two dowels for each container. Thread the ribbon spools on top of the dowels, Thread the dowel through the ends and you are good to go.

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Pants And Skirt Hangers For Storing Ribbon

You may have one of these in your home already and could easily re-purpose it. Pants hangers come as one pair and multi pairs. If you are like me, you have lots of ribbon laying around. So I would tend to want to use multi-pair pants hangers,

Just thread them onto the dowels and connect. This is a perfect alternative for closet and behind a doorway ribbon organizing.


Store Your Ribbon In Jars On A Shelf

Create colorful jars of ribbon on a shelf to create a storage solution for your collection

Create colorful jars of ribbon on a shelf to create a storage solution for your collection

No Dowel Wall Space-No Problem

Find a plastic basket with multiple holes. Thread thin dowels into the holes

Find a plastic basket with multiple holes. Thread thin dowels into the holes

Recycled Oatmeal Ribbon Holder

Recycle an oatmeal box into a very cute ribbon storage idea

Recycle an oatmeal box into a very cute ribbon storage idea

Using Command Hooks

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Make Your Own Ribbon Organizer

Another Ribbon Storage Box

There are more than one way to create ribbon storage. Here is another option for creating a ribbon storage box

There are more than one way to create ribbon storage. Here is another option for creating a ribbon storage box

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Jars Filled With Tongue Depressors

If you have a tall and wide covered jar with a lid, you have a perfect solution to your ribbon storage needs. Just get some tongue depressors. Wrap your ribbon around them. Secure with some washi or other low tack tape. Not only do you have a nice way to store your ribbon, but you have a colorful decorative piece for your craft space.

You cam\n also use peg clothes pins to wrap the ribbon around.

If you have a large collection of ribbon, you can color code your jars. One specific color in each jar. Would look very pretty on a shelf.

Old Cassette Tape Holder

You can often find these at your local thrift store, at a yard sale, or even in the attic or basement of one of your older relatives. . They are usually very reasonably priced. They come in wood or plastic. You can use them upright or flat. They come in all kinds of sizes. You will want to get the one that will fit your present and future needs. After all, who does not need or want more ribbon

Recycle Tic Tac Containers

Recycle tic tac containers for your ribbon scraps

Recycle tic tac containers for your ribbon scraps

If you do not have a large amount of room in your craft space, this simple basket gets the job done.

If you do not have a large amount of room in your craft space, this simple basket gets the job done.

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Rings Of Ribbon

There are plastic ribbon organizers hat will hold your ribbon on them. They make it easy to organize each spool that you have. Hold the ribbon on with some low tack or washi tape.

Now you can take this project one step further and create something unique that will help you find the exact color ribbon you need. Find yourself some 3" book rings. You can find these in stores like Staples.

Sort the ribbon organizers by color and place them on the book rings. You can mount them on a wall. You can also thread them through a curtain rod or thin bath rod that has been mounted on a wall.

Simple Photo Box Storage

Simple photo box with elastic to keep it all in order

Simple photo box with elastic to keep it all in order

How About Using A Vertical Pod Holder

Many things can be repurposed for another use. A vertical pod holder is certainly one of those repurposed ideas

Many things can be repurposed for another use. A vertical pod holder is certainly one of those repurposed ideas

More Ribbon Storage Ideas

Using A Scraprack For Storing Ribbon

A Scraprack is a kind of an open binder system for storing and sorting all kinds of crafting supplies. In my case, I use it to store all of my paper craft materials, embellishments and the like.

There are three ring pocket pages in all different arrangements depending on your needs

Ribbons are especially easy to store in my Scraprack. I arrange them by colors. All the major colors like black, brown, white, red, pink, purple, orange, blue and white have their own sections.

The first page of each section holds my ribbons. That way whenever I need ribbon for that color, I always know exactly where to find it.

I find this system the quickest and the best for my needs.

© 2019 Linda F Correa

We Would Love To Hear Your Thoughts And Ideas On Ribbon Storage

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on August 19, 2019:

There are as many different ways to keep your ribbon organized as there are colors of ribbon itself. Your solution depends on the amount of ribbon you have and the space to hold all of them We wanted to offer different ideas to help you get the rob done.

Virginia Kearney from United States on August 19, 2019:

Great ideas! I will be back to try some of them! I like the fact that you give a variety of ideas for different situations.

RTalloni on August 19, 2019:

Ribbon! The wild wonderful stuff dreams are made of! :) How unruly it gets if allowed to ramble about on it own but what a happy thing to have it on hand! Love your hanging ribbon storage project. Thanks for sharing it and these other ideas. I like yours best because it keeps them on the ready but out of the way, it would be easy to adjust space between the rolls and would be easy to dust.