ribbon organizer

No, I am not going for the "most posts in one day" of the year award, but I am really excited about this project and wanted to share :-)

One of my hopes for this year is to get in more scrapbooking time, but in order to do that I need to get everything more organized in an accessible way.

Enter: My ribbon supply.

I have a pretty good sized collection of ribbons, but as of yesterday they were piled into a couple of bins (I suppose serving their purpose as glorified dust collectors...) where I couldn't really access them without getting frustrated by the mess.
Not so good.
I want to be able to use what I have, and I don't want to go trudging through mounds of ribbon to find that one little piece that I need (if I can even remember I have it....) for whichever project I might be working on. That is why I came up with this little idea to store my stash.

I can't take full credit for this idea because I remember seeing the kraft covered cardboard somewhere in my interweb travels over the years, but the rest of it is all me :-)

Repurposed Materials Ribbon Organizer

Materials Needed:
Clementine Box
Kraft Paper
Leftover Boxes or Shoe Boxes
Ribbon supply

1. Cut down boxes to 11X6 inch size

2. Cover cut pieces with kraft paper as if you were wrapping a gift

3. Hold covered piece length-wise and tape one end of one ribbon to back of covered piece to hold in place

4.Wrap ribbon around box, securing loose end with a pin.

5. Repeat with other ribbons

6. Put ribbon covered piece into clementine box

*I sorted by color, but you might want to try by width or material also.
*Make extra kraft colored boards to accommodate new ribbon supplies 
*You could cover the boxes with patterned paper or fabric, but right now I am enjoying teh charm of the clementine box itself. 

And here is my ribbon organizer in its new home. I took two rods from mmb's suit clothes hangers (thanks, love!) and rested them on the sides of the clementines boxes after I strung spools of ribbon on them. Wooden dowels would work also.

Ahhh, I love organization!

If you missed my post earlier today about OLW, you can check it out here.


The Scrappy Tree said...

Great idea! You have some beautiful ribbon :)

Lee said...

What a great idea. I really have to do something with my ribbon and this looks perfect. TFS :)

thu said...

WOW! i love your ribbon collection! have you gone to all the ribbon stores in NYC? you'll love them!

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

great idea! i would've told you to tie them all in your hair, and then you'll have easy access:)

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