How To Organize And Store Narrow Craft Ribbon ~ Looking for an organized way to store narrow craft ribbon? Re-wrap the ribbon around pieces of corrugated plastic coated cardboard. Here are the details…
I love working with ribbon on all kinds of projects. It’s great to use as an embellishment in scrapbooking, add a special touch when wrapping a gift and to use in all kinds of crafts. Ribbon tends to show up in all kinds of places in my home!
I have collected quite of bit of narrow craft ribbon over the years. I will pick some up when it’s on sale and I always seem to have extra left over after using it in a specific project. The problem then becomes how to organize and store narrow craft ribbon.
Storage would be easy if all of the ribbon companies had a standard way of packaging. But have you noticed that the spools of narrow ribbon come in different widths and sizes? That makes it awkward trying to store the ribbon.
Another problem I have with having ribbon on round spools is you never really know how much is left without totally unwrapping all of the ribbon. Have you ever been caught off guard thinking you had enough ribbon to finish up a project to find out there’s only a small strand left?
How To Organize And Store Narrow Craft Ribbon
I have come up with a solution for compactly and neatly storing your narrow craft ribbon collection that is pretty easy to do and not too expensive to set up.
I previously shared How To Organize and Store Your Scrapbook Embellishments and Stickers. I use photo storage boxes that I bought on sale at Michaels. I use the same storage boxes for storing my narrow ribbon.
This is what it looks like on the outside. I just used a Martha Stewart sticker label and made a clear label with my label maker. I put a label on the lid and a label on the front of the box.
This is what the stored narrow craft ribbon looks like inside the box. That looks pretty organized.
I bought plastic corrugated cardboard at Home Depot. If you’re not familiar with this product it comes in different sizes ranging from huge sheets to smaller manageable sizes. I bought a 24” x 18” (61 cm x 46 cm) size. I had to ask a sales representative where it was in the store so you might have to do the same.
I measured 3” x 6” (8 x 15 cm) rectangles with a pencil and ruler. Then I used a really good pair of scissors to cut each piece out. This corrugated plastic cardboard is a bit hard to cut through. I didn’t worry too much about how perfectly they were cut.
The last part is easy where I just transferred the ribbon on the round roll by wrapping it around the cut rectangles. I secured each end with a piece of tape.
Now the ribbon can be stored neatly and compactly inside this photograph storage box. Whenever I am looking for some ribbon I just flip through each of the narrow ribbon packages. Super easy and super convenient.
I even save smaller strands. these three colours can be used to wrap a baby gift.
Now these pieces of ribbon are not narrow but I can use them for something too. The pink ribbon is leftover from another project and gold ribbon came from a wrapped box of chocolates that I saved.
Another bonus with this storage method is that I can store a lot more ribbon with these flat packages than if I could with the ribbon spools and a final bonus is I can see about how much ribbon is left on each rectangle. Clearly, I have lots of this pretty green to do something with.
As I mentioned I love to collect and use ribbon. Here’s some projects I have made that used pretty narrow ribbon …
How do you store your ribbon? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this system.
Till next time,