We’re always on the hunt for clever craft supply storage options. This simple DIY shared by Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie on the Craft magazine blog points to one common culprit standing in the way of pretty, organized collection of ribbon: most ribbon organizers use a dowel or rod to keep spools in place.
As Paula points out, sometimes the dowel isn’t strong enough to hold the weight of the ribbon, spools can easily become unravelled, and it can be a pain removing all of the spools when you only need to replace one empty roll.
Her quick and easy skinny wall shelves solve all of these problems, yet still keep ribbon accessible for gift-wrapping or other projects. Plus, they use vertical space – rather than taking up valuable desk or table space you may need for projects – and can be made on the cheap with supplies found in any hardware or home improvement store.
For slighty smaller spools, or if you’re not interested in the DIY project, a similar option is this inexpensive shelf from Ikea, which is intended to be used as a spice rack. Be sure to take a spool with you to the store to ensure the dimensions will work for your collection.
Tell us: what solutions do you use to keep your ribbon organized?
+ DIY Ribbon Organizer on Craft
+ BEKVÄM Spice Rack, Ikea, $6.99
I never get tired of seeing kitchen tools re-purposed as creative storage solutions. These two counter-top clutter busters do just that without sacrificing any style.
Spools of ribbon stay wrangled inside the straw dispenser, and they’re easy accessible when stacked on a paper towel roll holder. Best of all, both options offer plenty of colourful eye candy for your crafty corner.
+ Ribbon-Filled Straw Dispenser, All People Quilt (via How About Orange)
+ Paper Towel Holder as Ribbon Organizer, Real Simple
With my ribbon collection now organized, I’m on a hunt for creative projects that will help me use up my stash and, in turn, allow me to replenish it with new colours, textures and patterns.
This simple DIY project from Martha Stewart is a smart way to get custom ribbon for cheap. With the heat of an iron and rubber stamps, you can burnish words, monograms or pretty symbols into velvet ribbon (just don’t try this with satin, silk or polyester) – then use the personalized ribbon as a thoughtful addition to gifts. Here are a few ideas:
- The next time you plan to gift a favourite read, pair it with a luxe, handmade bookmark made from wide ribbon imprinted with the recipient’s initials.
- Give a framed photograph and create a ribbon matte (check out Martha Stewart’s how-to). Add the year or a special sentiment on the ribbon to complement the photo.
- Skip the gift tag and add initials to the ribbon you’ll use to wrap a gift.
- Create personalized ribbon to tie up wedding, shower or party favours.
+ Set of 5 Velvet Ribbons on Wooden Spools from Sundance
+ Monogrammed Velvet Ribbon Tutorial from Martha Stewart
+ Frame with Velvet Ribbon Matte Tutorial from Martha Stewart