Organizing Ribbon

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Even a few spools of ribbon can easily become a tangled mess if they aren't kept organized. Keep your ribbons organized and easy to access for your next craft or project. This is a page to organizing ribbon.


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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

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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

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

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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


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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