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Ribbon can be the perfect embellishment or it can be a tangled nightmare! 

That all depends on how you store and organize it, am I right? 

I love ribbon, but having too much of it can be a rather big chore to deal with.  

Today I’m going to share a few different ways of organizing ribbon.

Ribbon Organizing with a Shoe Box

I primarily store my ribbon in two ways. 

How much of any type or color or ribbon kind of dictates how I deal with it. 

If it’s on a roll and something I would use on a card or on a scrapbook page, it goes into the ribbon organizer I made from a shoe box. 

Yep – a boring shoe box that I had lying around.

First, I made sure the box was deep enough to fit a spool of ribbon standing on its end. 

Then I covered the top and the bottom of the boxes with card stock. 

I could’ve also covered the box with fabric like I did for the video game box I made several years later, but I wasn’t smart way back when I did this project!  

Next, I punched some holes on one side of the box, and made sure the holes were below added lettering and ribbon along with some cherries to the top.  

Scroll down and watch the video so you can have a visual of what I’m describing here.

The other way I organize smaller lengths of ribbon is in an embroidery floss box. 

I wind the ribbon around the bobbins and make it pretty by putting them in rainbow order.

I chose the systems I use because they are easy and pretty low maintenance. 

I’ve had the shoe box organizer for about 8 or 9 years and it’s still holding up really well.  

It would be super durable if I had chosen to Modge Podge the sucker, but I have it in my craft closet and not displayed on a shelf, so it doesn’t get much dust accumulation.

Need a visual for this?  You can check out my system in this video.

How to Organize Ribbon

Not into a DIY solution?

Stamp-n-Storage 24" Wall Mount Ribbon Holder

This wall mounted ribbon organizer looks awesome. I like how the ribbon rolls sit in the trough and can be easily lifted out when needed. And that it can accommodate different thicknesses of ribbon widths.

Craft Ribbon Organizer Storage Rack Aluminum Alloy Ribbon Spool Storage 4 Tier Ribbon Wall Organizer with 5 Hooks Ribbon Holder Organizer for Crafts Silver(Brackets Only)

Here’s a different style of a wall mounted ribbon storage rack and organizer.

The hooks at the bottom are great for storing other items like scissors, which is handy!

YBDZJLQ Craft Ribbon Storage Display Stand - Wall Mount Ribbon Organizer for Wrapping Paper, Wire Spools & Sewing Room - Large 10 Tier Hanging Ribbon Dispenser Shelf

Another option is this gold ribbon organizer rack. It looks quite a bit fanciers and merges into the world of a home decor piece and doesn’t look so utilitarian.

mDesign Gift-Wrapping Ribbon Storage Box with Handles - Holiday Bow Organizer Container with Lid - Christmas Giftwrap Ribbon Holder - Gift Storage Tote Bin and Bow Station - Buffalo Plaid Black/White

This ribbon storage box from mDesign is great for smaller quantities of ribbon.

Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser, Clear

This closed storage ribbon box is stackable and will keep the spools of ribbon pretty dust-free.

Ribbon Organizer Set Cardboard Ribbon Spools Embroidery Floss Ribbon Holder Ribbon Organizer Embroidery Thread Holder Empty Cardboard Yarn Bobbin for Cross Stitch Craft DIY Sewing (100 Pcs)

For shorter lengths of ribbon, wrapping the ribbon into flat spools allows them to be stored compactly, like in an embroidery floss organizer.

ArtBin 6840JN Floss Finder Box, Sewing & Embroidery Organizer, [1] Plastic Storage Case, Clear

mDesign Gift-Wrapping Ribbon Storage Box with Handles - Holiday Bow Organizer Container with Lid - Christmas Giftwrap Ribbon Holder - Gift Storage Tote Bin and Bow Station with Polka Dots - Gray

This fabric ribbon organizer has a nice feature with the elastic running around the outside to keep the ribbon from unspooling!

Over to you!

The bottom line is just pick a system for organizing ribbon and take your ribbon from tangled mess to ready to use!


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