Organizing Ribbon

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March 26, 2009

ribbon holderCreate 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.

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October 23, 2009

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.

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October 2, 2011

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, I purchased an inexpensive white four drawer dresser to use as my craft central.

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October 5, 2011

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.

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July 28, 2010

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.


For loose ribbon and lace, store in clear candy jars on a shelf or table.

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October 4, 2011

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.

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January 2, 2018

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.

Ribbon Storage - spools of ribbon in storage box

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March 17, 2014

You can use the empty spool and container to store craft ribbon. It keeps the dust out nicely.

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January 10, 2007

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.

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September 9, 2011

I am curious about getting some ideas for a ribbon holder for the wall of my sewing room.

By Margaret A-T from Seattle, WA


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September 10, 20110 found this helpful

If your referring to ribbon on spools; one way is to mount cafe curtain brackets (the kind with a curve) then feed your spools through a skinny dowel rod and mount on the brackets.


Works for me. Hope this will work for you too. : )

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September 14, 20110 found this helpful

Used bathroom towel bar

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September 14, 20110 found this helpful

I put two dollar tree "over the door hooks" over the door, then hung a plastic dowel in the curved hooks.

I did this for a towel rack but you could make the dowel smaller so you can thread through the holes.


A garden steak works, or if you no longer have vertical blinds, the "twister" works good, too. Good luck!

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June 17, 2017

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 page about tension rod crafting ribbon and wrapping paper holder.

Tension Rod Crafting Ribbon Holder

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May 23, 2017

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 page about sugar dispenser for ribbon.

ribbon in jar

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May 14, 2019

Paint an old muffin tin and add dowels to create a unique and useful ribbon caddy. The steps and a finished photo can be found on this page.

Muffin Tin Ribbon Organizer

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August 1, 2018

Using wire hangers can be an inexpensive way to organize and store your ribbon supply for crafting and gift wrapping. This is a page about using metal clothes hangers to control runaway ribbon.

Rolls of ribbon on two wire hangers hanging on the wall.

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