I’m one of those people who like to be organized. When everything has a spot I breathe easy. So this DIY ribbon organizer makes me happy! There are versions all over the web that inspired us so we wanted to give it a try and show you how we put ours together.
Ribbon is the finishing touch to a package or craft, but from my experience is often stored at the bottom of a bin or drawer, which mangles the ribbon and makes it difficult to find the perfect one for the job. My joyful crafting experience has come to a screeching halt! Sound familiar?
This DIY ribbon organizer keeps all the ribbon accessible and, as the name suggests, organized! I love it! Not only is this a convenient piece to hang just about anywhere, it doesn’t take up too much space and it looks pretty. The ribbon colors lined up together are stunning!
Here’s what you’ll need to create your very own ribbon organizer:
-empty frame (size of choice)
-spray paint (optional)
-6 cup-hooks (for 3 rows of ribbon)
Paint the frame and dowels and let dry. We decided to use the same white paint on the frame and dowels so that the colors of the ribbon would take center stage! For an extra touch, we sanded the edges of the frame after the paint dried to give it a more rustic look.
NOTE: This step is completely based on your preference. We decided to paint the frame and dowels the same color so that they would match and the end piece would feel seamless, however if you don’t mind if the frame and dowels have a different finish then feel free to keep the original color of your frame and just paint the dowels. You might even find pre-finished dowels or like the natural wood look so this step can be skipped altogether.
Grab your ruler and frame. Decide how you want the frame to hang (portrait or landscape). We went with portrait. Keeping in mind that the dowels run in rows across the frame to hold the ribbon, use the size of your largest ribbon spool to determine the distance between each dowel. Mark this measurement on each side of the frame along the middle front of the moulding. We used an 11” x 14 “frame and went with 4 inches between each dowel. Screw in the cup-hooks where you’ve added your markings on either side of the frame.
NOTE: We placed the hooks on the front of the frame so that when hung it sits flat against the wall. If you rather not hang the ribbon organizer on the wall but instead have it lean against the wall or sit on a tabletop then feel free to screw the hooks to the back of the moulding instead.
Measure the distance between your hooks adding a bit of extra on either side so the dowels sit nicely within the hooks. This will be the size of your dowel. Using the saw cut your dowels to size. Sit the dowels on the cup-hooks.
Admire your work and start organizing your ribbon!