Monday, March 7, 2011

Ribbon Organizer

I have tons of ribbon, but until now, my way of storing it just wasn't working. This pile will cost ya! I can't tell you how many times I have run to the store for more ribbon only to find out later, I had it the whole time! Plus, it's so much easier to "craft" when you can actually see what your working with!

All you need for your ribbon organizer is:
  • Drill
  • 1/2 inch drill bit
  • "Box like" Shelf (My shelf was repurposed from our bathroom remodel)
  • 3/8 inch wooden dowel rods ($0.59 each from HL)
  • Dowel Rod ends ($1.47 for a pack of four from HL)
Total Cost: $2.65!!

This is sooo simple!!

I wanted my large ribbon on top and the small ribbon on the bottom. All I did was place my ribbon on the side of the shelf and marked the center with a pen. 

Tip: Don't forget to use the biggest spool of your large ribbon and the biggest spool of your small ribbon when marking the holes to make sure they both will fit.

Drill your holes, measure their location for the opposite side and drill again.


Put your dowels through and add the dowel ends.

Reminder: When you pick out your dowel ends make sure they fit a 3/8 inch dowel rod, and don't forget to make sure the outside of the dowel end is bigger than 1/2 inch. If not, they won't work with the holes you just drilled. I hate when I get home and I can't finish a project because I didn't pay attention to every little detail.

Another Reminder: Take your smallest center hole of ribbon with you (or measure it) so you can be sure your ribbon will fit on the dowel!

Organize your ribbon by color.

Then, add them to your new ribbon organizer!!

Not a fan of the ribbon tails???

 My simple solution: Just add scotch tape the the ends! Keep a roll of the tape on top of your shelf or hang it on one of your dowel ends so you can easily add more tape when you use your ribbon!

My new ribbon organizer holds 40 spools of ribbon!!

Bonus: When I decide what colors are going in my craft room, I can paint my shelf to match!

Extra Bonus: Because I repurposed a shelf I have the option of hanging it on a wall or setting it wherever I want! 

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  1. I love it! I was just telling my husband this weekend that I need to come with something to organize my ribbon!

  2. Love this idea! I also have way too much ribbon! I am going to have to make one of these. Thanks for the great idea!!!

  3. I have a ton of ribbon and LOVE LOVE this idea. Might put the DH to work this weekend, *wink wink*.
    Melissa C

  4. Such a creative idea for the many, many yards of ribbon that we all have!!

    Best wishes,

  5. Nice job! It turned out great! Thanks SO much for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. I hope you stop by again soon :)

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions

  6. What a great idea!!! Visiting from Paisley Passions and I am a new follower!!!
    Have a great day!

  7. I love it!! Thanks for the tutorial!!



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