Ribbon Organizer

posted on: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hey Friends!

For those of you that are new to Spunky Junky this week I am showcasing all of my favorite Christmas projects from the past, and on Friday I am having a wonderful link party where you can show off your favorite projects too!

Sounds fun right?!

The project below isn't technically Christmas--but it always seems that around this time of year I am using yards and yards of ribbon when I am wrapping gifts, making ornaments, and decorating baggies.


Today's tutorial is so simple I think Hunk could even do it. HA!

First thing you need to know...I have this habit of buying ribbon. I mean I have a lot of ribbon. I usually end up taking it off the spool and shoving it all in clear containers. That usually turns into a disaster. When I try to retrieve a specific strand of ribbon I end up pulling all the of out, and then I spend more time untangling my mess then actually doing my project.

I have even tried the hanger trick where you undo a metal hanger and then slide the ribbon rolls onto the straight part--the ribbon would always be hanging down or it would unwind on its own.


So I finally decided to tackle my ribbon once and for all. And this is what I came up with...

For this project you will need:
*slotted Tupperware bin (I found mine in the organization/storage section of Walmart).
*1/4 inch dowel rod (can be purchased at any hardware or craft store).

 I then inserted each ribbon spool onto the rod. Once I had enough spools on the rod I then stuck each end of rod into the holes on each side of the bin.
 Like so...Isn't that cool?
Then I pulled each ribbon end through a hole on the front. Now the spools can't roll and I don't have to worry about a tangled mess.

Bin: $3
dowels: $.12 (clearance)
My mental state: sane and gleeful ;)

Thanks for reading!



  1. Great tip for organizing ribbon.

  2. I need to stop saying I'm going to do this and just DO IT! It really is genius.
    Looking forward to all of this week's ideas!

  3. I really need to do something like this because mine are all out of control. They are literally shoved in a box under my bed lol.

    - Sarah

  4. Great idea! I have to admit, my ribbon is a little out of control! :)

  5. Since I make and sell hair bows, I'm always looking for a way to organize ribbon. I read about this on another blog a couple months ago and set it up. a couple notes:
    *this works better on spools with edges. I buy ribbon wholesale and end up with wound ribbon on cardboard tubes(no edges) and it ends up slipping off the sides and getting tangled.
    *don't pack this *TOO* tight or when you pull the end, you'll unwind the whole row!

  6. I made this exact same thing, and it works great! Isn't it fun?!

  7. I just found this. What an incredible idea! Thank you!

  8. Your ribbon organizer idea is sheer genius. Thank you!


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