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Make Ribbon Organizers

Make Ribbon Organizers
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After a long and snowy winter, I have made quite a mess of my craft supplies. This week I set a goal to de-clutter and organize my materials before sunny spring weather arrives.  Although most of my craft supplies can be put into labelled storage boxes and jars,  I cringed when I came across this pile of ribbons. Yes, I know ribbons come with their own spools and packaging but when I am in the throes of crafting, I am likely to set the extra ribbon aside rather than take the time to re-roll or wrap them.  So I decided to recreate the wheel and make my own ribbon organizers.  I plan to make some more to organize my embroidery thread as well.

Before: a tangle of ribbons
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Before: a tangle of ribbons
After:  Ribbons have been detangled and arranged on ribbon organizers
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
After: Ribbons have been detangled and arranged on ribbon organizers

Materials needed to make Ribbon Organizers:

  • Thin cardboard (I used recycled cereal and cracker boxes)
  • Sharpie markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Directions to make Ribbon Organizers:

  1. Cut the cardboard into rectangle shapes, about 4″ x 2 1/2″.
  2. Use the Sharpie markers to decorate the cardboard with designs, pictures, or patterns.
  3. Trim around the top of the ribbon organizer if you like (this will give it more detail but is not necessary).
  4. Turn the cardboard over.  Place the end of the ribbon near the top of the cardboard  and secure it into place with a piece of tape.
  5. Wrap the ribbon around and around the cardboard.
  6. When you get to the end of the ribbon, tape the end in place.  (If your ribbon comes to an end at the front of your organizer you can unwind it by one row and fold the ribbon in place to the back of the organizer.  Secure it in place with a piece of  tape.)
Various decorated ribbon organizers
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Various decorated ribbon organizers

If you go to any craft supply “swaps”, these ribbon organizers are a cheerful way to bring shares of ribbon, twine or embroidery thread for several people.  In addition, they look more personable for tucking into packages, gift baskets, or even used as a gift tag/topper.  You could even use them to store or organize hair elastics.  Whatever you use them for, I hope you enjoy making them as much I did.


Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature
Updated Monday, February 24th, 2014
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