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Contest #23: Organizing Your Ribbon

Who doesn’t love to have the perfect stash of ribbon, ready for any occasion or project?  It’s a wonderful, yet cost effective, embellishment!  Organizing your ribbon is a necessary step in knowing what you have to use.  We want to know how everyone stores & organizes their ribbon.  Do you have a technique that works best?

This week, we are all about ribbon organization!  So, post a comment or send in a photo, and enter to win one full spool of ribbon!

Details are listed below:

  • To enter:  Post a comment (pictures are always welcome, just send them in to

    [email protected]).

  • Start date:  Monday, April 5th 2010.
  • Deadline: Sunday April 18th, 2010.  
  • The prize:  1 Full Spool of your favorite May Arts Ribbon!
  • We will select one entry.  The winner’s name will be posted on Monday April 19th, 2010.  
  • The winner will have 2 weeks to contact us & claim their prize.
  • Domestic & International entries are all welcome.


This ribbon organizer was sent to us by Ann Sims:

“My clever husband built a three-tier ribbon holder out of dowels and scrap lumber.  It’s something like a paper towel holder and hangs under a cupboard in my crafts room.  It’s a prefect ribbon organizer!”

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These ribbon cards were sent to us by Denise Bryant:

“I wish I could say that I have all my ribbons stored so neatly! Unfortunately, that isn’t the case! But these ribbon cards are a great idea, and I wish I’d bought more of them! (I have since lost track of the source). They came with the notches cut for different widths of ribbon, and here are photos that include two of the sizes they were offered in. Each ribbon is secured with a pin to hold the end in place. The cards are in a file box so I can choose the ribbon I want by flipping through them like index cards. It would be simple to make more of these cards using some sturdy chipboard.”

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This organizer was sent to us by Carol of Carol’s Heart Creations:

“Although organization is not one of my finer skills…this seems to help!  Dowels hold the ribbons I need to have on hand for everyday projects, making it easy to cut a few yards, or remove the roll if necessary.  The towers with movable shelves provide easy access to my silk ribbons for knitting & sewing so I can just pick up the whole roll.  I added these towers to my computer desk so it doesn’t take up extra space.  My fabric bulletin board covered with mementos & photos is a great backdrop.”

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These ribbon organizers were sent to us by Jennifer Harrison:

“I have three tools to organize my ribbons.  First, I use a large 3-tiered basket to keep the big spools in.  Second, I have a paper towel holder sitting on my desk which holds the spools of ribbon that I use most often.  Third, I recently wrapped all of my ribbon scraps around pieces of cardstock and organized them in an old wood 7-UP crate which now sits in my craft room.  Combined, these three things keep my ribbon neat, organized and in sight so that I use it all the time.  The wood crate turned organizer has made the biggest difference.  I’m using ribbon I forgot I had!”

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  1. Jan Scholl

    I am so sad I am behind on my
    Reader. This link is how I do my ribbons. I bet I have more ribbon in the smallest space of anyone. And it’s all by theme.

    I love the IKEA storage ideas, but I live so far from one. And I drive a subcompact. Not getting much of anything into it other than my dog.

  2. Emily Smith

    I have big glass jars and I use one jar for each color of ribbon. Until i find something better that’s what I do!

  3. jen shears

    I adore ribbon- maybe too much (is that possible?) 🙂 I have grand plans of buying a gutter & having them all lined up, but so far they are stacked on a shelf. Smaller amounts are wrapped on clothespins, which looks really sweet displayed in a large jar! 🙂

  4. Carol

    Ribbon is one of my many addictions & I am always adding to my collection. When buying by the yard…I coordinate by color in & roll each ribbon neatly in ziploc bags & then they go in clear shoe size or larger plastic bins also by color for easy access when I am creating. The perfect ribbon is always right at your fingertips when you need it.

  5. Linda McClain

    I re-purposed an Ikea wardrobe cabinet. Turns out the pant hangers are great for storing ribbon. Here are some pictures.

  6. Tanya

    I store my ribbon rolled onto clothespins, in jars. The ribbon stays neat and smooth and is easily reached.
    The most fun part of this is putting in onto the clothespins. I clip one end of the ribbon and my youngest son and daughter take turns “wakeboarding”. They hold the loose ribbon as I spool it onto the clothespin and when we near the end of the ribbon, I say” I pulling you in, I’m pulling you in, hold on- hop on the boat”. They always want to play more!!

  7. Nora

    I tried the ribbon in a jar, but it does get wrinkled. I got a rack with hooks from a scrapbook store that was closing. This works out perfect – the hooks are removable and I can take the color I need to my work area. My photos are on my blog, please follow the link. Thanks for the chance to win some lovely ribbon!

  8. Susan Ikin

    Mine is stored in large apothecary jars – looks pretty, but way less than efficient – I have to pull them all out to get the bottom roll.

  9. Lori Wilson

    I store mine by color in jars….but the ribbon gets tangled and wrinkled….gotta think of another solution…..

  10. Lena

    We use a towel rods. Few of the one under the other work beautifully

  11. Kim Wilson

    A great idea would be using an Ikea Komplement belt holder 🙂 it looks pretty too and can be hung nearly anywhere, back of the door would be great too!

    Here is the link to it!

  12. [email protected]

    one store i worked at we used the white rain gutters and hung them on the slat wall and the spools of ribbon sat nicely in that.

    i do need solutions though for all those customers that have ribbon by the yard and lots of it!!

  13. Donna

    In a little Longaberger basket – but I’ve outgrown it.


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