Storing Ribbon

by Chris on July 11, 2012

Yes, I have an obsession with ribbon. And yes, I’m always trying to think of new ways to store it. A while ago, I figured it out here. The only problem is that I kept buying ribbon, but I didn’t keep storing it properly.

ribbon spools

I keep all my ribbon in a drawer in my craft room, but it was starting to pile up (literally). Since I had the space, I figured out a way to make the ribbon more accessible and more compact. ribbon storage
n my head, I knew what I wanted. I just wasn’t sure I’d be able to find it. After walking around Lowes for 30 minutes, and my husband saying, “It just doesn’t exist”, I. found. it. Redemption! These little cabinet clamps were .91 cents, but they felt like a million bucks at this point. They can be found right where all the decorative handles/knobs are for cabinets. They’re down below. Ask a Lowes employee if you struggle finding it!

spool clamp

I measured it out (loosely), so they would be spaced apart enough. I pre-drilled some holes and screwed them in. I used a wood dowel as my template, but I bought little metal rods for the final product. The weight of the spools is just too much for the wood dowel. I think the metal ones ran about $2-ish. My handy-man husband used a hack saw to trim them down, and they popped right in!

Ribbon drawer

If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d count how many spools are hanging there, but I am. And there’s a lot. I still use my old storage system for scrap ribbon or spools that are near the end.

ribbon storage

Thankfully, Lowes could see the vision in my head and had exactly what I wanted! Easy, compact, inexpensive? Check, check, check!




Allie July 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

What a clever idea, thanks for sharing!

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

You bet, Allie! Thank you!

Allyson July 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

This is such a great idea! I have an old medicine cabinet that I’m thinking of turning into ribbon storage…sometime.

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Perfect, Allyson! That’d be an awesome idea! Good luck!

HouseVintage July 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I love this. I do not have the ribbon collection to support such storage, but maybe I could think of something else to store in this way. Right now all I can think of are donuts or bagels, and I suppose this isn’t quite right for that application! :)

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

OMG. I loved this comment. Unfortunately, it makes me want a doughnut right now. :)

Bebe July 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Can you give some direction as to where we find the cabinet clamps at Lowes? Were the metal rods hard to cut or did they cut them for you at the store?

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Bebe, I updated the post with answers for you! :)

LizzieMade July 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Yes!! Finally a really simple way to make one of these ribbon storage things! The “bought ones” are phenomenally expensive (like, ridiculous money!); thought of using Ikea’s wire curtain hangers (the kind that have tensioners either end and are designed for those clips-with-rings, which hold a voile/lace panel)…. but wasn’t sure where to attach them; thought of dowels, but wasn’t sure how to fix them… Now I know what to do! And thanks for the hint about using metal rods, instead of wooden. Really, you’ve done all the hard work for us already!
Thank you!

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I’m glad I could help, LizzieMade! I hope it works out for you!

Jessica July 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

What a great idea!!! I’ve just started to make hair bows for my daughter and am already running out of room. I think I”ll have to try this out – now if I can just find a drawer to use:) Thanks for the great tip!

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Jessica, that’s the same mistake I made. I started making hair bows, and the ribbon got out of control! Thank you!

Sarah July 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

That’s awesome!! Can you tell us what they’re called or where in the store we can find them!! I have a new craft room just begging for these!!!

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I’m afraid I don’t know what they’re called, but they are located right with all the other decorative knobs/pulls. They were with the other hardware pieces. Good luck!

Jenny@NorthwestLovelies July 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I was JUST thinking about organizing my craft supplies and I kept having a mental block at storing ribbon! I have a whole dresser to use, so this is perfect!!

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Well, there you go. Perhaps I subconsciously knew you were having a mental block? Good luck!

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle July 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

LOVE! As much as I love ribbon, I suffer from the same ribbon storing issues, and this is a fantastic idea! Now my wheels are spinning at other possible uses for that fantastic gadget find!

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Ha! Well let me know what else you come up with! Thanks, Jenny!

Nicole July 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

What a great setup! How did you cut the metal rods to make them fit to the right size? And what gauge of rod did you use? Sorry to be the one with all the annoying questions!

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I believe I said in the post, but–my husband just used a hack saw for them. Cut right through. I’m afraid I don’t know what gauge. He cut it before I could check. They’re in the same aisle as the clamps, so you could just see which ones fit! Good luck!!

Liz VanKirk July 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Just curious you said you used “A LOT” of ribbon. What do you use it all for? Scrapbooking?

Would love to know.


Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Oddly enough, Liz, I don’t scrapbook. I use it for everything under the sun. I mostly use it for wrapping presents (the only kind of ribbon I use), my daughter’s hair bows, decorative trim on candles, etc. I think my problem is that I might figure out a way to use it, and I won’t have it!

becky mercado July 12, 2012 at 2:00 am

Great Idea! You could actually use a drawer or if not that a wooden box or something … perhaps even add castors….just in case your ribbon is not close enough to your wrapping center. Love it.

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Great idea, Becky! I didn’t even include all my Christmas ribbon. That would definitely work for that!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} July 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

Smarty pants. Super cleaver idea. Mine are a jumbled mess in two plastic bins. I love this AND it looks pretty. Bonus.

Maria @ All Things Luxurious July 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

This is great! Eventually, I may need to get to this point — I have a ribbon problem, too. But it fits in a drawer in my crafting area. For now. ;-)

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Yes, key words: for now. :) Good luck!

Barbara July 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

Brilliant of course! Did you try or think about the expandable, spring loaded little curtain rods? Mine are thrown into a basket, so don’t ask me?

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Ha! Yes, I did Barbara. I was afraid that they would keep slipping around if the spools were too heavy. Good idea!

Sarah Hulbert Style July 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Well-organized ribbon is such lovely eye candy! I still haven’t found the perfect solution for mine. Inevitably, I always need the spool that’s in the center of the rod and end up making a big mess. Maybe that’s just me? Thanks for posting! ~Sarah

Barbara Grooms July 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

PERFECT! What a great idea. I rack my brain constantly for ribbon storage. Did the dowels, didn’t work for me (wood) too weak. Larry made a ribbon holder didn’t work. Now I have those craft drawers I bought when I was shopping with you at Ikea remember? I would have never thought of those Lowes hardware pieces. Your a genius….Good post, good idea. Thanks from your mom.

Meaningful Nest July 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

What a great idea! If you have tons of ribbon like this, you need something to keep it all organized and so the rolls are going everywhere! So pretty!

Kelley July 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Thank you SO much for sharing this fantastic project! I saw it last week, and while my ribbon addiction (seriously) would require a full dresser to house within the confines of a drawer, I was able to make a wall-mounted ribbon rack using the same hardware that you did! It looks like an abacus. I still need to hang it tonight…

Anyhow, just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration. There’s a reason why your blog is my favorite. :)

Stefanie/Dassi87 November 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

Such a great idea. Would love to create such a drawer for my ribbon too… BUT I have no drawer in my craft room and especially I have no space to add any more piece of furniture to my little space =)

Thank you for sharing this great idea!
Best wishes from Germany,

Chris November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Well that’s a bummer, Stefanie. :( There are lots of other ways to store ribbon–maybe another solution will work for you? Good luck!

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