Friday, March 9, 2012

Ribbon Organization


I am in my ribbon box almost DAILY and this is what it looks like.  Yikes!

I've seen about a hundred ribbon storage ideas on Pinterest, but not of them feel workable for me.  Like the dowel systems... mine would probably just unravel and end up a big stringy mess.  Have you seen the basket or box with holes and you thread the ribbon through?  Ummmm... not working for me either.  I'd hate to drag the whole box around, plus I'd probably pull too much and spend all day spooling it back on the roll (or not) and it would end up looking like my box up there anyway.

So - here's what I came up with!

{Inspired by my friend Jen and those flat little cardboard spools you store sewing floss/thread on.}


I had some 4x4 chipboard coasters in my craft stash that I've been dying to use and ran to the store to get a package of binder clippies.


Winding the ribbon off the rolls and onto the cards was a tedious task, but I LOVED how I could pair up coordinating ribbon.  This will prove to be super helpful as I quickly scour my box for upcoming projects and should prevent me from buying something I already have.


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I didn't wrap all of my ribbon yet - any that were unopened I kept on their rolls for now.  See the row of cards at the top?  That cleared 58 ribbon rolls out of my box!  Notice how those 58 cards now equal the same space as 16 rolls in the next row?!  I'll get to those as I open and use them, but I did store extra cards and clips in my box so I've got the supplies right there to keep myself on top of it.

18 comments:

HighDesertGal said...

Wow, Colette! I love this idea as my ribbon is currently in a similar state. Thank you so much!
Nancy

Jeanette said...

Ooh! I like it a lot! I especially like that the amount of space required for storage decreases, but the amount you CAN store increases.

Anonymous said...

Where did you get the spools from? I am looking for some to do my boyfriend's mom's collection of ribbons, and this is a perfect idea.

Michelle said...

Wow, what a great idea - Thanks!

Jamiecrafts said...

it looks awesome, i love that you stored the same theme on each, I'm sure that will save tons of time when looking for the right ribbon :)

ColleenKranz said...

Beautiful - such an innovative idea. Definitely pinning this. Thanks for posting!

Lauras Crafty Life said...

I love how you used the binder clips to secure the ribbon. Such a great idea. Here is how I stored mine.
http://www.laurascraftylife.com/2011/05/ribbon-storage-and-organization.html

Isn't it nice to have it all organized? :)

Micia said...

I'm in the process of doing the same thing with my ribbon but I'm using sewing pins instead of paper clips. Happy your organized now ;-)

Micia

Mindy said...

Love this too! I haven't been too impressed with some of the other ideas I've run across...they just don't work for me...and all the little hands that are constantly unrolling my ribbons! Great idea!

JCooper said...

I love it!! I knew you would come up with something brilliant. I was so sad when I couldn't find those cardboard spools anywhere. Great idea to use the chipboard!!

Whitney & McKayla said...

I really should do this. Currently, I have one of those 3-drawer bins on wheels (I'm not sure what they're really called) STUFFED with ribbons. All my smaller lengths are shoved inside ziptop bags etc. It's a mess and even when I need the ribbon, I dread digging through it all.
Any idea where we'd be able to pick up something similar to the chipboard coasters? Thanks!

Darlene Bond said...

So simple, but so smart!

Nikki said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I have been using the dowel system-- and it's too tangly for me. THANK YOU!!!!!!

Katie said...

I love this idea!! Organizing my craft stuff (including my ribbon) is on my to-do list today. I'm pinning this idea! Found you through the Organization Home Tour link party.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you and I love this idea!

Joddie Rae Samuelson said...

Great idea!

Juliana @ Te Amo Too said...

Hi Colette, I love how you showed exactly the amount of space the ribbon rolls take compared to the cards. I just wanted to let you know that I linked up your post on mine today! I hope you don't mind :)

Cody Doll said...

Ohhh me cheese!! Your a genius! I so understand you problems with other solutions, they won't work for me either. Probably with the same results as yours. Now I can store my ribbon easily. Thanks!!