5 Ribbon Storage Ideas

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Happy Saturday! Welcome to another 5 Things post. This week I wanted to show you some of the great ribbon storage ideas I found when I was writing my Use Your Stash: Ribbon post this week.

There are so many different storage ideas out there. It all just comes down to personal preference. What works for one person may not work for someone else. Some people can afford to purchase new solutions, others need to work with what they already have. Here are a few of the many different options I found:

1. Rings – This is my personal ribbon storage. I have tried many different ribbon storage alternatives over the years and this is the one that instantly worked for me. I’ve had my ribbon like this for many years now and when something works, don’t mess with it! I have several 4-tier wire metal racks in my space and on the end of one, I have attached large book rings and I just lay my ribbon over the book ring.

This works well for be because all of my ribbon is accessible and it’s easy to retrieve. I just let them lay over the rings, I do not secure them with paperclips. Occasionally a few ribbons will fall to the floor but that’s a minor annoyance.

If you don’t have anything in your space that you can attach rings to, check out this tutorial at justsomethingimade.com. She’s got the same idea, but she uses drapery rings on an organizer attached to the wall. Or, hang the book rings on hooks (like the 3M Command Hooks) attached directly to the wall. In a previous space, I attached suction cups with hooks to a large mirror and hung my ribbon rings on them. Lots of alternatives!

2. Jars – doesn’t everything look super cute in jars? I love how decorative a row of ribbon jars look in a space (I personally never had enough room to do this). From inexpensive plastic jars at the dollar store, to vintage glass cookie jars, anything you fancy could work. Check out how Mara uses jars and keeps ribbon tidy in her space.

3. Clothes pins – Wrapping ribbon around clothes pins a great way to keep it organized. Ribbon wrapped clothes pins would look fun baskets or any kind of open storage that you can keep out on a shelf. It’s also another way to keep it tidy in jars. In this tutorial, Nichole Heady shows how she uses inexpensive dollar store clothes pins to store her ribbon.

4. Plastic Storage Drawers – I have a ton of these drawer units in my space, but it never occurred to me to keep my ribbon in them. I love this storage idea from Becca at Amazing Paper Grace. It’s inexpensive (especially if you have a 40% off coupon!) and it looks like you can corral a ton of ribbon.

5. Slotted bin – I’ve showed this ribbon storage idea before but I think it deserves a second look. I love ideas like this that take a simple object you might already have and give it a totally new use. If you don’t have a lot of ribbon, this is perfect. If you prefer a closed option, I bet you could take photo storage boxes, punch holes in the sides with a Crop-a-dile and do the same thing – place the ribbon in the box and thread the ends through the holes. So easy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ll be back on Monday with some ideas for turning ephemera into embellishments!


  1. great tips tammy! i use the jars. I don’t really have a lot of ribbon but i do have a bunch of twine and i keep that in the jars! i love the way it looks!

  2. I love ribbon. I have mine stored in plastic bags on rings since I have 3 cats and they would love to get a hold of them. I am glad I held on to the ribbons I have collected over the years as some are hard to find now. Great tips!!

  3. I have my ribbon all over the place. I’m not unhappy with it, but not thrilled with it either. Your post has definitely got me thinking! Have a great weekend!

  4. Great ideas Tammy – thanks for sharing.

  5. Your ribbon looks so pretty hanging like that.
    I have mine in glass jars. I wrap them with a piece of black cardstock to secure them so they don’t unravel.

  6. Great ideas! I love the idea of the rings.


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