Ribbon storage ideas – 12 ways to organize ribbons and trims

Keep your craft room or gift-wrapping station neat and tidy with these ribbon storage ideas

Ribbon storage ideas
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Ribbon storage ideas are a simple way to keep craft materials organized so that your craft room is a clutter-free and motivating space to be.

Perfect for use in Christmas decor ideas or as trims for cushions and curtains, ribbons are a wonderful way to bring a flourish to decorating and creative projects. However, if you're a keen crafter you'll know that ribbons can so easily get tangled when they aren't stored properly and how time-consuming it can be to wind them all into neat reels. 

To help get your craft room ideas in order we've rounded up an array of handy ribbon storage ideas, from wall-mounted solutions to handy ribbon storage box dispensers.

Ribbon storage ideas

If you're looking for ways to organize a craft room or sewing room, then these ribbon storage ideas are a handy addition, from inspiring display and storage ideas to nifty solutions to buy online. 

Try a hanging ribbon organizer

Ribbon hanger

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Not only do hanging and wall-mounted ribbon holders keep surfaces clear, they allow you to easily see what you have and are a lovely way to display beautiful ribbons, too. They are ideal for storing floristry ribbon or curling ribbon, but they can also be used for washi tape and garden twine if you are looking for shed organization ideas.

Ribbon dispensers

Ribbon dispenser

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Ribbon dispensers are a wonderful addition to any craft room or wrapping station as they keep ribbons tidy and organized, but also make cutting ribbons easy. Able to store up to six spools of ribbon, this white fibreboard ribbon dispenser box from A Place for Everything makes wrapping gifts and craft projects a breeze while keeping your craft room clutter-free. 

Ribbon spools and cards

Silk ribbon stored on wooden spools

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If you are planning to store your ribbon in a box or drawer then it is a good idea to wind them around a spool or a trim card to keep them neat and orderly. 

Store ribbons in pretty tins or boxes

Ribbons stored in a box

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Silk, velvet and vintage ribbons are a wonderful way to bring color and character to festive decorating and can make lovely Christmas tree ribbon ideas and wreath ribbon ideas

However, they can be fragile and prone to fading, especially if hand-dyed, so it is best to store these kinds of ribbons in boxes or drawers away from direct sunlight. There are lots of pretty paper-covered cardboard storage boxes available which will look attractive on open shelves, alternatively, if you love decorating with vintage you could also use vintage tins as storage ideas.

How do you store lots of ribbon?

If you have lots of ribbon consider storing them a tiered wall-mounted ribbon organizer which allows you to display spools of ribbon along multiple dowels. Not only do these vertical systems keep ribbons in one place, they prevent ribbons from cluttering up surfaces and makes them easy to see and access for cutting. Using a ribbon organizer means you can then group ribbons in color order which can be a visually pleasing feature.

Alternatively, you could try winding ribbons around individual cards and storing them neatly in a drawer with the side facing up in a filing-type system so that you can easily see and retrieve the color or style you require. However, this may not be effective with large lengths of ribbon as the cards may become too bulky. 

How do you organize a ribbon drawer?

To store ribbons in a draw consider winding ribbons around card trims and filing them so that the color of the ribbon is visible, this will save space and allows you to easily see and find what you need.

Alternatively you could invest in a drawer organizer with a series of compartments. This will allow you to organize your ribbon spools or reels into categories, for example by material or color.

Pippa Blenkinsop

Pippa is Content Editor on Homes & Gardens online contributing to Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors print issues. A graduate of Art History and formerly Style Editor at Period Living, she is passionate about architecture, creating decorating content, interior styling and writing about craft and historic homes. She enjoys searching out beautiful images and the latest trends to share with the Homes & Gardens audience. A keen gardener, when she’s not writing you’ll find her growing flowers on her village allotment for styling projects.