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Create your own ribbon holder for less than $2 using leftover materials: use an old wire basket (it is OK if some of the slats are broken) and several 12 inch long dowel rods (or pant hanger cardboard) cut to length.
Slide the dowel through one end of the basket, place the ribbon spools and then thread the other end through the basket. VOILA! A ribbon holder for less than $2. The craft stores sell these for $20 or more. Now you have more money to purchase those adorable patterned ribbons.
By Diana from Prospect, KY
Instead of using tape or pins to keep you rolls of ribbon from unwinding, I found that rubber bands are easier, quicker, and leave no holes or stickiness on the ribbon.
With scissors, I simply clip a tiny slit in the side of the round cardboard ribbon spool, then clip another notch or slit directly across from the first slit. These tiny cuts give the rubber band a place to catch so it won't slide off the round cardboard spool. If you like, you can also cut a notch in the back of the spool and again at the back of the edge that's opposite the first cut.
Now instead of removing a pin or tape whenever I need to use my ribbon, I simply remove the rubber band and it's easy to replace. I bought a large bag of rubber bands at the dollar store and I use them for all kinds of things. I keep rubber bands on various door knobs all around the house just like my mom did when I was growing up. This way, I always have one available when I need it!
By Cyinda from near Seattle-Tacoma
I love using ribbons for all kinds of projects so when there is a sale or an end of the season clearance, I will be there stocking up. To keep my ribbons and my other craft projects organized (not easy!), I purchased an inexpensive white four drawer dresser to use as my craft central. Because I had so many spools of ribbon, I needed a way to keep them organized in my ribbon drawer.
I found that by using the tops from the boxes that reams of paper come in, I am able to stand the spools upright side by side; very similar to the way you would see them in the stores. Then I sort them by color, season, occasion, etc. Two lids will sit one on top of the other in the drawer for easy access.
Here are two other tricks I use to keep my ribbons organized. I snip the outside of the cardboard spool to make a small notch and slip the end of the ribbon over this. This prevents your ribbons from becoming loose and tangled. I am a big believer in recycling and reusing so if I receive pretty ribbons I will use empty spools to rewind the ribbon for use later on. Hope this helps!
By marnie flynn from West Simsbury, CT
To keep the ribbon from falling around the spool, cut a slit in the cardboard in the same manner as sewing thread spools have a slit in them to contain the end of the thread. As you finish using it, "thread" the end of the ribbon into the slit.
Use a metal dowel mounted on the wall in brackets to store craft ribbon and lace. A metal dowel works better than a wooden dowel at keeping them straight.
I hung 2 chains from my ceiling 2 3/4 feet apart and 3 feet long. Then I took a 1/2 inch pole that is 3 feet long and filled it with the ribbons that were on their original cardboard spools.
I store my ribbons in this Sterilite 6 Qt./5.7 L storage box container. You can purchase this container for $1.00 or less - at your local Walmart, Target, or Big Lots.
The hole at the top of a sugar dispenser is just the right size for many types of small ribbon to fit through. This is a guide about sugar dispenser for ribbon.
If you have a place to install it, a tension curtain rod works well for organizing and storing ribbon and wrapping paper. This is a guide about tension rod crafting ribbon and wrapping paper holder.
You can use the empty spool and container to store craft ribbon. It keeps the dust out nicely.
Not all your holiday paper/ribbon has to be put away. Red, green, gold, etc. can be used by themselves for other occasions throughout the year.