Ribbon Storage Ideas That Will Keep Your Rolls of Ribbon Organized For Good

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How to make a ribbon storage organizer or rack to hold spools of ribbon 3 different ways. These DIY ribbon holder ideas for your ribbon collection can be made very inexpensively to hang on a wall in a craft or sewing room or in a closet or cabinet as well as a few variations so you can customize each to fit your needs.

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DIY Ribbon Storage Organizers To Make for Your Ribbon Collection

Each one of these ribbon organizing ideas includes a step-by-step tutorial that will visually help you to make one.

  • The first is a wall rack that requires a few tools. The second and third organizers do not require any DIY skills or tools to make and can be completed in 30 minutes.

Before deciding what DIY ribbon organizer will work best for your ribbon collection read over the ideas in this post, as not every organization method will work for your space or work area.

Think about how you can make the best use with the space you have. If you have a craft table with drawers underneath, this may be and easy and perfect option for you.

For others, use these organization ideas as a creative jumping off point to come up with your own idea to store and organize your rolls of ribbon.

Organizing Ribbon TIPS

Before you get started, here are a few tips about organizing your spools of ribbon no matter what organizing spools of ribbon idea you use.

Choose a Spot – Do you have a room with open wall space where a wall rack will fit?

If not, consider turning a closet into a craft closet where you keep your craft supplies. In this closet you can hang a ribbon rack from the closet shelf or create a smaller holder for a smaller collection of ribbons.

Sort Ribbon – Group every roll of ribbon into categories so you can see just how much ribbon you have and how large the storage organizer should be.

Group the spools by color, then by similarly-sized spools. If you have smaller pieces or scraps of ribbon, these can be placed in old shoe boxes, a basket or tied onto a clothes hanger.

This will allow you to see all the snippets and have easy access to them. Seeing the actual amount of ribbon you have will allow you to see just how large or small your ribbon organizer should be.

Ease of Accessibility – You’ll want to spend some time really thinking about how you create with ribbon.

Do you like to take down spools and have them close by while you’re working? If so, you may want to keep them easily accessible instead of in a closet.

1. How to Make a Ribbon Organizing Rack to Hang on a Wall

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How to Store Ribbons in a Craft Room

When creating this wall mount ribbon rack, I wanted to make use of one of the empty frames on the wall I call my craft room’s Creative Wall.

Ribbon organizer to make and hang on a wall

I previously used the empty frame you see on the far wall as a mini photo studio in my previous home.

After a trip to the home improvement store where I went to see about using gutters to organize my ribbons, I ended up buying Corrugating 2.38-in x 10-ft Aluminum Drip Edge instead.

I also like that the “drip edge” was inexpensive and white. No paint was needed to make my DIY ribbon rack!

You may be asking – what is aluminum drip edge? It is used to protect roof edges and allows water to go into rain gutters.

It can be found at the Home Depot or Lowes in the gutter aisle. It is usually already painted white, brown, black or silver which saves you any need to paint.


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  • If you plan to make this DIY ribbon storage rack, take tin snips with you when you go to buy a section of aluminum drip edge so you can easily cut the long length of the aluminum drip edge to fit into your car to get it home. Make sure not to cut it shorter than how wide you want your organizer to be.

supplies needed:

  • Large wood photo frame
  • 3 – Corrugating 2.38-in x 10 Aluminum Drip Edge – roofing/gutter aisle in the home improvement store
  • Tin Snips
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • 14 – 1-1/2″ zinc corner braces with screws
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Large brass fasteners
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Work gloves
  • Optional: Washi tape to cover ends of cut aluminum drip edge.

I already made the frame that is part of my Creative Wall.  You can read how I created it in this post: Craft Room Idea.

  • If you don’t want to make a frame you can simply buy any size picture frame at craft stores like Michaels and hang it on your wall.
  • I cut the aluminum drip edge into 7 pieces to create 7 shelves that fit inside the frame for my ribbon organizer.

Once the frame is hung on wall (no glass or mat, just the frame), measure the inside width of the frame. This width will be the measurement you will need to cut the aluminum drip edge.

  1. Put on work gloves (the aluminum drip edge does have sharp edges) and use tin snips to cut the aluminum drip edge to the width needed.  If your tin snips are sharp, cutting through the aluminum is very easy. I drew a pencil line where I needed to cut and then cut into the drip edge from one side, and then flipped it around to cut in from the other side to meet the first cut. My cuts were not perfectly square so you don’t have to be exact.
How to attach a ribbon spool organizer to a wall

2. Place a corner brace as shown above on the outside of one of the cut pieces of drip edge and mark hole closet to edge on corner brace onto aluminum drip edge. Repeat on opposite end. Drill holes where pencil marks are.

Place corner braces around L-shape of aluminum drip edge and line up holes. Place a large brass fastener in hole.

3. Bring tips of brass fastener to inside of drip edge and then spread out to secure. Add a drop of glue over center of opened fastener. Repeat on all other cut sections.

Each cut to size shelf should have two corner braces attached. One on each end.

Optional: I left the cut edges of my ribbon organizing shelves alone, but the cut edges can be sharp. If you want to cover the edges, add some colorful Washi tape over each edge before hanging the shelves on the wall.

How to Attach this Ribbon Organizing Rack to a Wall

Starting at the bottom of the frame, begin attaching the metal shelves to the wall by screwing in the other side of each corner brace into the wall with screws.

You may have to bend the front of the shelf out a bit, but this is OK to do since when you place the ribbon in, the spools will push the front out also.

I attached the bottom shelf so it sits on the frame. When the ribbon spools are placed on the shelf, the metal will bend out slightly. This creates a angled view and secure fit for the spools of ribbon.

Arrange your ribbons by the size of the spool before screwing the shelves to the wall. For the spacing of my ribbon organizer shelves, I placed the largest spools of ribbon I had on the the bottom shelf.

I needed 5″ of clearance for these ribbons. I placed the next two shelves up 5″ apart. For the rest of the shelves I spaced them at 4″ to 4-1/2″ apart.

Use a bubble level to make sure the shelves are level as you attach them to the wall.

Place ribbons in shelves by size and or color.  Some of the spools don’t touch the bottom of the shelf, but they are all secure and easy to get to now.

The best part though is that they are now not only organized by color, but easily accessible and beautiful ribbon is pretty to look at.

2. How To Make a Ribbon Organizer to Hang in a Closet

This is a very easy and creative idea to store craft ribbon, curling gift wrap ribbon or anything that is on a spool in a craft storage closet.

Making this style organizer can be completed in about 30 minutes.

Ribbon Organizer for a Craft Room Wall

supplies needed:

  • 2 equal lengths of large link chain
  • 2- large S Hooks
  • Cafe style curtain rods or metal rods – at least 27″ long.
  • Optional: Rubber bands – 2 for each rod
  • Variation: 2 eye-hooks to screw into a ceiling or wood shelf if you don’t have wire grid shelving shown in the photo.
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  1. After figuring out how many curtain rods and length of chain you will need, hang chain from closet shelf about 27″ apart using an S-hook for each side.
    1. Variation: For a wood closet shelf – use a screw-in style S-hook to attach to the underside of the shelf.
Ribbon Holder to hang on a wall

3. Thread the spools of ribbon onto a curtain rod.

Ribbon Spool Holder and Organizer for a Crafts room

4. Next, slide a curtain rod through the chain on one side and repeat with the other side of the rod on the other chain. Make sure to count the chain links down from the top for each rod so the rods will be level across.

5. Repeat for each rod and amount of ribbon you have.

Easy way to organize a lot of ribbon

Optional: Do you like to cut off just the amount of ribbon you will need before you start your project? If so:

  1. Hang a pair of scissors with ribbon and tie onto the chain on one side of this hanging ribbon organizer.
  2. Place a yardstick at the bottom of the chains in the same way you added the curtain rods.
  3. Wrap a rubber band around the finial end on rod if rod moves back and forth. This can happen on rods that are not full.

Variation on this Ribbon Storage Organizer

If you want a more finished look for your ribbon organization, you can use a frame instead of chains to hold the rods as I did to hold gift wrap.

gift wrap or rolls of ribbon organizer DIY

You can learn how to make this framed organizer in this post:

3. Create Ribbon Storage Inside a Cabinet 0r Cupboard

Of the 3 ribbon storage ideas shown in this post, this one is the easiest and doesn’t require any DIY skills or tools.

For smaller ribbon collections and loose ribbon, you can use spring-mounted tension curtain rods that have rubber tips. A tension rod’s length can be easily adjusted by twisting the rod snug against the insides of a cabinet.

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4 tension rods holding spools of ribbon in a cabinet.

Before I made my wall mounted ribbon organizer that I shared earlier in this post. I use to store the spools of ribbon I had in my crafts supply cabinet on cafe style tension curtain rods that you see in the photo.

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All you need to make this ribbon organizer is a spring-mount tension rod. This style of rod is sold anywhere window treatments are sold.

rolls of colorful ribbon on a tension rod

They come is different lengths from short to long. If you have a large cabinet, you could even use a spring-mount shower rod.

  • Pros: The nice thing about this ribbon organization idea is that the ribbons are up and off the shelf so you can still store supplies and items on the shelf underneath the rolls of ribbon.
  • Cons: The only downfall is that when a spool in the center of the rod becomes empty, you will have to take the rod down to remove all the other ribbons on one side of it to remove and replace it.

FAQs About Storing Ribbon

To keep the ends of the ribbon on each roll in place, use a straight pin or a small piece of tape to keep it in place.

There are many ways to organize ribbon scraps. Placing them in a shoebox or basket is the easiest. Inside you could place the scraps by color into food storage bags.

Another way is to tie the ribbon scraps to a coat hanger or a slack hanger that can hold multiple pairs of pants – (see below). You can tie the ribbon on by color and be able to slide them back and forth along the hanger. This will make organizing the ribbon scraps by color easy.

A third way would be to tie the ribbon scraps to key rings. Have a key ring for each color and then hang the rings on a wall hook.

To easily organize rolls of ribbon in a drawer is to use sheets of dollar store foam boards to make drawer dividers. You can also buy pre-made drawer dividers to fit your drawer. Adding these will keep the rolls in line by color, size or however you would like them organized for how you work and accessibility.

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39 Comments

  1. Hi Diane, I just discovered your blog while searching for craft room organization. I love your wall of frames! I have a question, the description states the aluminum is 2.38″, but the link is to one that is 4.5″. Can you please confirm that the link is correct? I am thinking it is, and the 2.38 is one of the side measurements.
    Thank you for all the great information!
    Cris

    1. Hi Cris – Thank you for seeing that the link is wrong. I used the 2.38″ in white. I just looked at the Lowes site and it seems that size doesn’t come in white anymore. If you are going to the store you will probably find it there. Online white is 2.25″ so about 1/8″ difference. Let me know if you have any other questions. I made the ribbon rack a few years ago and it has worked well ever since.

  2. Hello Diane:
    I’ve been looking for just such a solution to my ribbons that have taken over the plastic bin they were in. One question: How big is the frame around your ribbons shelves. I’m trying to gauge how much space I may need.

    Thank you,
    LeAna

    1. Hi LeAna – The outer measurement of the frame around the ribbons is 34″ wide x 41″ high. I have 3 frames this size on what I call my “creative wall” in my studioffice aka a craft room. :-)

  3. Somehow, I missed this post! I love what you did here, Diane. My brain is searching for ways to adapt this for my space and needs? Currently, my ribbons are grouped, mostly by colors, stored in photo boxes or clear plastic containers, on a small bookcase that sits below my main work surface area. Not the best solution, but it works and they are handy. Thanks for sharing! Oh, my Lowe’s and Home Depot both cut things for me if I ask.

  4. I found your site while setting up a new printer. I think it is awesome and I am very impressed! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to try some of your ideas.

    1. Hi Kimberly – Thanks for taking the time to say hi and connect with me. Isn’t it funny how one search for something – brings you to something entirely different? I am happy that you found my site. :-) If you ever have any questions about any of my projects, don’t hesitate to ask.

  5. I’m going to try this! Sounds like the solution I’ve been needing for a long time! S

  6. I had mine in a spool + tray contraption. I took out the spool years ago and ended up with a similar set up as you created here. Yours is far less expensive – one of the reasons we all appreciate you!
    Does anyone have advice on how to wrangle the big spools of Costco ribbon? I have several b/c they are such a good deal but they are just stacked on the counter b/c I haven’t taken the time to think of something creative for them. I find I use those most often (for gift wrapping) so it would be nice to corral them.

    1. I have a somewhat similar set up but I used those flat metal curtain rods that curve and clip into hooks to make my ribbon shelfs. Most of the rods are 2.5inches away from the wall but they have a 3.5 inch option. I have alot of 50 yard sams ribbon and I can fit them on the 3.5 inch curtain rod perfectly. It only cost 3.98 at Lowes and it’s adjustable to 84 inches in length.

  7. I love this! I really need it for my very many spools of ribbon, but even more for my sewing thread. Do you think it would be too tall or large for the thread? I have yet to make a trip to Lowes to get a look.

    1. Hi Sheryll – I think the drip edge would be too large for thread spools. On your next trip to the home improvement store you may be able to find something similar and smaller.

      1. Thank you! I still want to copy it. I had a dream, that you went down every aisle and looked at every item and said “I can do something else with that”.

  8. Love your blog! Love your ideas! You made the perfect choice when you bought the lake house. (Envy!!)
    I have had a problem with your site for a while now where I cannot see the pictures of your projects. I read a number of blogs and yours is the only one where I am experiencing this problem. I can see everything until I click on “Continue Reading.” Help!

    1. Hi Elena – I am not sure what is happening. :-( Not a good thing. I will look into it. Can you remember when it started to happen? What browser you are using? Chrome, Safari? Are you using a PC or a Mac? Knowing the answers to these will help my tech person to figure out what is happening. I hope she can figure it out.

  9. Diane! You never cease to amaze me! I knew you had talent but you’re an engineer too!

  10. Forget the organization – I’m in awe that ANYONE owns that much ribbon. LOL! Random counting of the spools in this photo is upwards of 140 rolls of ribbon. I MIGHT have three rolls in my china buffet. Obviously I’m not a ‘crafty’ person and I cannot imagine what one would do with all that ribbon. But it looks very pretty and neat. Good job. p.s. – I was very impressed with the ‘under the stairs’ make over. Just wow.

  11. You are so talented. I smiled at the time for the project and thought if I were to tackle this it would be the ribbon holder that took 3 months – 1st week, go to home improvement store, go home rest from the ordeal, 2nd week look for drill and screws and measuring tape around house, 3rd week back to store to buy drill etc, 4th week, lie on couch and consider whether I can actually make this work……. you get the idea.

    1. I love this comment from Liz. She must be my twin that somehow my mother didn’t know about! Her post sums me
      up EXACTLY!!!! I love to read Diane’s blogs and see her beautiful and beautifully clever projects. Then I have to stagger
      to the couch, collapse, and try to convince someone to fan me! I truly appreciate all of you talented, skilled, and creative people!

  12. Ribbon can be so hard to store sometimes! It always gets wrapped up in each other! Great idea! I’ll have to steal it! Haha

  13. I agree about the ribbon spools on the rods when the one in the middle becomes empty having to pull off the others to reach it is a pain. I love the ribbon racks you created for this studioffice and they look so finished and neat too. I would, however, strongly encourage you to cover those sharp edges. I am quite a bit older than you are and as we age and do so much driving here in the southern sun the skin on the backs of our hands thins so I find myself cutting and gauging my hands very often on simple things like a zipper or cabinet edge. Especially if I’m engrossed in a project and grabbing supplies without thinking. Otherwise your ribbon project is just perfect! pamela

  14. This idea is just one of the reasons I LOVE your blog. It’s so practical, nice looking, and best of all, not expensive! What a great idea. Thank you! My ribbons are now sitting in extra long, shallow plastic bins, and I’m not a happy camper.

    1. Hi Catherine – Thanks. It makes me happy that my idea has inspired you. I am hoping that seeing all the ribbons out and not hidden away will inspire me to find new ways to use them.

  15. What an awesome idea! I love the way the ribbon is all organized. You would probably faint if you saw mine! :)

    xo
    Pat

  16. I love the fact that the ribbons are not on dowels. I hate the shelving I bought to use for ribbon for just that reason…. the rolls of ribbon are on dowels, and every time I pull one ribbon, they all turn and get messed up. This is far more practical than all those hanging ribbons which end up twisted and turned. Thanks for the neat idea…. I never would have tho’t to use drip edging to make shelves for this project. You are a very clever lady! I’m on my way to Lowes!

  17. Wow! This is amazing :) Very clever and practical! I am dreaming of the day when I have enough space to have my own craft room sooo for now only this is going in my “back burner” file. I love ribbon too. I also would be interested in hearing what others do with craft supplies that they no longer need/want. I’ll warn you though, I’m a craft supply scavenger ;)

    1. Colorado has a “Creative reuse center” called Who Gives A Scrap with stores in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Other cities may have something similar. If not, elementary schools, day care centers, or senior centers might be interested in your supplies. Have you tried offering supplies on Freecycle? Someone always wants what you no longer need.

  18. Oh no, now I HAVE to keep all my spools of ribbon! What a clever idea!
    Please, when you say you’re purging, what do you do with the stuff you get rid of?
    I have such a time knowing what to do with it all, mostly it just sits in my ‘studio’ as I can’t figure out what to do with it. Can’t throw it away!
    Thank you for your so-good ideas…

  19. Love this! Great idea, and so inexpensive! Now if I can just get my OCD to stop wanting to sort and organize your colors and sizes….. ;)

  20. Oh, that is neat! I tried the curtain rod idea once, but found out that sometimes, especially if the cat is around, the ribbon just throws itself over the edge and unrolls! …Another clever Diane idea! I love ribbon too!