Scrapbook Organization – Ribbon Storage Ideas

Ribbons can be one of the most challenging areas of your stash to apply some scrapbook organization to.

As scrapbookers we love our ribbons. I know I certainly do. And trying to keep them organized as well as being able to see what I’ve got when I want it has long been a challenge for me. And they’re so pretty that I like to have them on display to brighten my scrapbooking space.

In my previous article on Scrapbook Organization on a Budget I suggested a few ideas for how you might store your ribbons. And here are two more really fun things you can try which’ll look great in your scrapping space.

Scrapbook Organization for Ribbons 1

For this scrapbook organization idea you will need a shoebox.

Paint or cover the box and lid with pretty paper to decorate. I painted mine and stamped some butterflies to decorate it.


Using  the pointy blades of some scissors or other sharp implement and a great deal of care, punch a row of holes in one of the long sides of the box,  about an inch apart and about an inch from the bottom.


Now punch a second row an inch above the first and stagger the holes so that they fall between the first row.

Repeat for a third row , creating a sort of diamond pattern of holes. And if you have enough room you can do a fourth row. You need to make sure that there is enough room for the lid to go on the box without covering up any holes.


Now you can take all your bits of thin ribbon (usually the bits that are about 1-2 metres) and poke them through the holes where they can easily be seen and pulled out when needed.

I made some of the holes in my box a little wider on a couple of rows so that I could store medium width ribbons too.

Scrapbook Organization for Ribbons 2

This one is more complicated than the previous scrapbook organization idea but it does make a very pretty presentation for your favorite ribbon spools.

This also requires a shoe box.

Leaving the lid to one side, paint it or cover the storage part of the box in paper to dress it up. On mine I’ve done both. Make sure you paint or line the inside too.


Now, using some polystyrene foam or other substance you can cut to shape, cut two or three thin wedge shapes that are one inch shorter than the inside of the box from the edge to the base. Position against the inside of the box with the thin edge pointing to the back. Glue in place.

Cut off one of the long edges of the lid and trim so that it fits inside the box, up against the wedges. Cover with matching paper or paint and glue in place.


Cut a strip from the main part of the lid that will sit over the wedges and overhang the trim you have just glued in place. Cover in matching paper or paint and glue onto the wedges so that it slopes down to the back of the box.


You can now line up your favorite spools of ribbon on this ‘shelf’ where they will be handy and look good too. The angle of the shelf will keep them in place and stop them from rolling out of your storage box.


Bonus Scrapbooking Organization Ideas

As you can see in the comments below, reader Sue has a couple of ideas for organizing her ribbons which are really cool. She’s sent in the pics to share with us.

Scrapbook organization idea for ribbon storage

Don’t they make a beautiful display? And I really really like this one below using one of those undies drying racks. Big thanks to Sue for these ideas.

Scrapbook organization idea for ribbon storage

Are these ideas something that you might try?

Or have you got some other scrapbooking organization ideas for storing your ribbons?

Let us know in the comments section below. Sharing ideas is what Scraps of Mind is all about so I’d love to hear yours.

More Scrapbooking Organization Articles:

Spring Clean Your Digital Scrapbooking Stash

Scrapbooking Organization on a Budget

7 Top Scrapbook Organization Tips

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13 Responses to Scrapbook Organization – Ribbon Storage Ideas

  1. Antoinette October 28, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    That is awesome Karen, both methods! As I don’t have a workplace as such, I probably won’t use the 2nd one, but the first is definitely perfect for me!

    • karooch October 28, 2010 at 7:36 am #

      They’ve actually worked out quite handy Antoinette. I didn’t pretty the first one up too much because I stack the second one on top of it. But I find it so much easier to select my ribbons now. I used to flap around in all sorts of bags and boxes before.

  2. Sue October 29, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    I have sent you (by email) pics of a couple of ways I store my ribbons in my room. The hanging one uses a template that I got from SandyL’s website. The wall one is just a piece of dowel hung on curtain rod hooks under my shelf.

    Maybe these will be useful to someone. Feel free to put them up, if you like. No way to add them here. Thanks for sharing your ideas.


    • karooch October 29, 2010 at 7:48 am #

      Thanks a lot for the comment Sue and for the ribbon storage ideas. Your email didn’t get through, Could you please resend?

  3. Barbara Swafford November 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi Karen,

    I’m just dropping by to say “thank you” for dropping by my blog and sharing your thoughts.

    I’m a wannabe scrapbooker with a small stash of supplies, however I’ve yet to find the time to get started. Now I know where to come when I do.

    Happy Scrapbooking!

  4. Joe Cheray November 10, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    I thought this was a really unique idea for ribbon storage. I am thinking that it can be used not only for scrapbooking ribbons but also for seasonal gift wrapping ribbons as well.

  5. Scrapbooking Emmy March 12, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Ribbon is deffinately one of those things that are hard to store. I really like both of the ideas. As I was read your post I was thinking about if I had any shoe boxes I could use, and I do! Thank you!

    • karooch March 12, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      Glad that my article might have kick started your inspiration Emmy.

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