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Ribbons Storage Organizer

Ribbons Storage Organizer

April 30, 2012 /
Categories Basic How-To, Crafts
ribbons organizer

Due to my recent shopping and frequent trips to craft stores, the box that I used to keep my lovely ribbons can’t keep up the rate on the storage. I no longer can find any ribbons without having to pour everything out and de-tangle some of them. I am trying my best to keep my craft room as tidy as the one I posted here after every project. But, it is impossible to achieve that goal if things are too messy, to begin with. I don’t want to waste time digging and searching for the right ribbons anymore. It is time to make a ribbons storage organizer. 

ribbon storage idea

As you can see from the above before photo, I can’t even put on the lid to cover the box before stacking it up on the shelf. It is no joke when I need to get a specific ribbon out from the box.

I found out I can free up a lot of space by removing the packaging of some of the ribbons. Some packagings especially the spools with big core are simply too bulky to keep. So, I decided to take those out.

Then, I need to find a way to keep my ribbon organize and tidy otherwise they will get tangled up after a few digs. This is where the cardboard comes in place to wind them up and keep them in place. A tiny head sewing pins are handy to keep the ends on the winding. Read more after the jump to the second page.

ribbon stash storage

Ribbons Storage Organizer

Tools & Materials:
1. Box to keep ribbons
2. Corrugated cardboard or thick cardboard
3. Ruler
4. Pen
5. Cutter
6. Cutting mat
7. Sewing pin with tiny head.

how to store ribbon neatly

The messy and overloaded box full of tangling ribbons.

ribbon storage organizer diy 2

These are all the ribbons from the box.
As you notice, many of them are ribbons purchased by yardage or leftover ribbons from previous projects.
Some are still on the foam/cardboard spool. I am going to remove the bulky packaging for those shorter length ribbons, say less than 5 yards in order to free up some storage space.


Get ready a cardboard (corrugated or any thick cardboard will do).
Ruler, cutter and cutting mat.

box measurement

1. Measure the width of the box. Mine is 6″.
2. Measure the height of the box. Mine is about 5 1/2″
3. Take away 1/2″ from the width and 1″ from the height to become 5 1/2″ width x 4 1/2″ height for instance.
4. Cut out the rectangle cardboard.

stashed ribbons organizer

Roll the ribbons on the cardboard. Notice the unwanted foam/cardboard cores at the back. These are the space saved up to keep more ribbons.

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Sort out the ribbons in types, colors, or widths. Wind the ribbons onto the cardboard.

ribbons storage organizer

I keep long ribbons on their original cores and insert them vertically into the box.
Then, place the rectangle ribbon organizer into the box vertically too so you can see the ribbons easily and choose what you want without having to take them out.

ribbons storage organizer

There is a ready-made wooden board available in some craft stores, you may use it to organize the ribbons instead of cutting your own. The con side is they only come in a few sizes that you may find them not in the correct dimension for your box.
For very short ribbons, you may cut smaller cardboard to wind.

ribbons storage organizer

Secure the ends with a sewing pin. I don’t like to use adhesive tape, as the residue can be sticky and nasty after a while.
Now you can see the ribbons clearly and able to find the one you need easily from the box.

ribbons storage organizer


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