Okay, so the whole 97 thing is a lie, it’s really more like eleven. But really, sometimes numbers are just numbers and this post is bursting with storage options. The instant I began collecting images of contained ribbon things, the most ingenious, elaborate and detailed articles on storing this glorified string started flying me at from all directions. I had to duck for cover I tell you!
Summarizing and capturing the crux of them here, I can in no way lay claim to the organization-smarts of today’s post. Today I am merely the messenger.
Storage racks/ rods
These are a simple DIY project, at least according to Miss Martha who says you may “build storage racks from copper gutters. Have a lumberyard cut a half-round gutter and cap the ends. Punch holes along top edge; mount in a dry place away from sunlight to keep ribbons from fading.”
Additional instructions on the DIY approach to this storage system here.
Attach some rod brackets to the back of a frame and then slide some wooden dowels into place to hold your ribbon spools.
While perhaps not the most beautiful storage solution of the bunch- a wire hanger can easily be untwisted in order to slide on your ribbon rounds. Re-twist the top, hang, and unwind to your heart’s content.
If you have any multi-tiered hangers (which kind of suck for their intended purpose) you might as well use them. Ribbons, it turns out, are far more conducive to the multi-tier than clothing. No twisting and untwisting required.
Hand towel rack
This, apparently, is a handle towel rack, though when I saw it I assumed it was a jewelry holder. C’est la vie, especially since either one would work.
Shoebox / bin
This may be one of my favorites and here’s how it goes: you get yourself a box, a dowel, some glue, scissors and an elastic band. Snip, snip here, glue there, pop into place, etc etc. More detailed instructions (as if you’d need them after that description) here.
We’ve already discussed how tackle boxes rock. Ribbons, too, fit nicely in their compartments. This method does obviously lack the spool-factor, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your personal preference.
Also rock. Bonus points if you punch a hole in the jar’s lid and feed the ribbon through.
This method is particularly useful if you have lots of shorter ribbons. Avoid a tangle situation by winding them around some bobbins. Easy peasy!
Choose to buy thread bobbins from your local craft store, or just cut some yourself using pieces of cardboard.
Afterward, you can file your bobbins away in a drawer (as seen above) or throw them in a glass jar, as below.
Soda straw dispenser
These guys will work perfectly for your ribbon spools. Pull up the lid to access your desired threads. Boom.
Candlestick ‘n stuff
I don’t even really know what’s going on here. Suffice it to say: it works. Directions and elaborations on that here.
Similarly, this crafty lady used metal stakes to make her spools stand upright and at attention.
An obvious solution for the devoted crafter/ gift wrapper. Long hooks allow you to easily slide spools straight on.
Any comments that make this title less of a lie by contributing further suggestions on how to store ribbon would be much appreciated. Also comments explaining your favorite method of the bunch. Also comments about your favorite color ribbon. And favorite texture. And any and all comments would be much appreciated. Just leave me your life’s story below.Image credits: Martha Stewart, House and Home, Torie Jayne, Scrapbooks, Etc, Real Simple, unknown, BHG, Cream City Ribbon, Honestly WTF, Create With Joy, BHG, BHG, Kristen Nunez, A Spoonful of Sugar Designs x2, House Doctor via Torie Jayne, All People Quilt, Givers Log, Sew Many Ways, House Doctor Zinc Spool Rack, House Doctor Collection via Stylizmo