Monday, September 6, 2010

Shelf Top Ribbon Organizer

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I spent last month reorganizing and cleaning out my craft room.  It was quite the process and took me much longer than I ever expected that it would!  (On a side note, I have had SEVERAL people asking me to post pictures of my craft room and I PROMISE they will be posted soon)  :)

While I was cleaning out my craft room, I came to the conclusion that I have a problem.  Hello, my name is Lori and I am a ribbon hoarder.  I don't know how it happened.  I don't know when it happened.  Somehow it happened, and I have a TON of ribbon.  Ribbon on rolls, ribbon on cards, loose ribbon, ribbon pieces, ribbon, ribbon, ribbon.

I wanted to come up with a way to store my ribbon that is on the rolls.  Somewhere out in plain sight where I can see what I have and actually use it instead of just storing it.

So, here is what I came up with.  I took my little shelf that sits on top of my storage boxes.
When I first got the shelf, I mod podged the paisley paper and added the flower.  That is how it has looked for the past year or so.

I took my drill (yes, MY drill.  Hubby and I have agreed it is MUCH easier to have our own tools) and I measured and drilled holes in the top of the shelf.
Then I took some wood dowels and pushed them into the holes.  I used some E6000 in the holes before I put the dowels in.  You could also go to the reverse side of the shelf and put a small nail or screw in.  My dowels were really tight, so I didn't see the need to do that.  I can always do that later if I need to.
I slid a washer down each dowel and glued them in place with some E6000.  Not for any other reason then because I thought it looked nice :)  Then I painted each dowel black.

After everything was dry, I put the shelf back in its place and slid my ribbon spools on them.  Of course they are coordinated by color.  At first I thought I could just put them all willie-nilly like.  I tried that.  It drove me crazy.  I had to remove them and color coordinate.  Haha.  A little OCD, I guess.

I also organized my ribbon strands and ribbon on cards nice and neatly in some of my drawers.  Ahhh, organized ribbon.  Now hopefully I will USE it instead of HOARDING it!  :)

I will link up at some of  these parties FOUND HERE and blog hop at some of these blog hops FOUND HERE this week :)

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69 comments:

ShirleyC said...

That looks so nice. Come and do mine. LOL

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Very clever! Love this way to store ribbon.

Connie said...

I, too, am a ribbon freak. I must have at least 150 spools right now and am always on the lookout for more whenever I go to the craft store. I love your solution to organizing them...brilliant

Fabulous Finds said...

Hi There
Wonderful Blog. Thanks for the Blog Hop Library! I added mine in. I'm a new follower from MOnday Blog Hop.
Cheers,
Tiffany
http://www.fabulousfindsbynimblergrove.com/

Latte Mama said...

That turned out great! I like ribbon, I just never seem to use it as much.

Ashley said...

Hi there! I have oodles of ribbon too! Thats brilliant for a design! Found you from Admirer Monday! Now following you!

Ashley
sewmuchmoreinlife.blogspot.com

Jenglamgirl said...

FAB-U-LOU-SITY AT ITS CRAFTY FINEST, TOTALLY LOVE THE IDEA OF THE dowels for ribbon on top. One day I will do the same thing. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING. Jen

The Paisley Abbey said...

Great idea. I posted a ribbon storage idea yesterday, but yours holds more than mine. Plus, I love the look of yours.

:)
Courtney
ThePaisleyAbbey.com

Aileen said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

Happy Creating,

Aileen~
http://aileensmusings.blogspot.com/

Mandy's Creative Corner said...

It turned out so pretty! Your amazing =)

Dropping by from Just Something I Whipped Up Mondays

Susan said...

Ingenius!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love this idea. You can see what you have and its out of the way.

justkiddingaroundatlanta said...

This is the best ribbon storage idea I've ever seen! I love how you did this.

I need to find a shelf I can use for something similar - right now I have at least 75 spools of ribbon in a huge basket, and a rubbermaid bin. I can't ever find the one I need in a timely manner!!

Thanks so much for sharing this!
Aimee @ Justkiddingaroundatlanta

Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah said...

Great idea!!

Leah {Living Life Crafty} said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks! :)

star84vu said...

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Page@ThriftyNiftyWise said...

This is so creative! And functional! My ribbon collector is a hot mess. Thanks for the inspiration :)

3creativechics said...

This is a great idea. I need to do something like this for all the ribbon I keep buying.
Already a follower and would love for you to visit.

http://www.3creativechics.com/

Cathy said...

Wow! That looks great! Nice job. I'm a new follower from the blog hop. You've got a great blog. I look forward to reading more. Feel free to come on over and follow me too!

Melissa said...

Great plan. I need to do something with all of my ribbon - it is in various boxes all tangled up.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a fantastic idea!!

LOVE it!!

Debbie

Sandy Ang said...

You've got such an amazing ribbon organizer going ! My little effort here
http://angsandy.blogspot.com/2010/08/ribbon-organizer.html

Jessica Sorensen said...

I need to do this. My ribbon is all tangle up in a bag somewhere.

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

madincrafts.blogspot.com

Kaysi said...

Those are so awesome!!

Shannon said...

Oh I think I"m in looovvvveee! I have got to do this! How creative!

Biljana said...

It looks great so pretty, bravo:))
Hugs, Biljana

Ginger said...

Awe-some!!!!! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Rebecca said...

What a cute organizer-it is simply adorable!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

This is adorable! And useful too!

I really appreciate you linking to 2nd Time Around!

Patti said...

Very clever...and I love that black and white paisley ribbon!!

Atticmag said...

Wow, are your ribbons ever organized. So impressive.

Please stop by and link up with Giveaway Friday -- the new linky goes up Thurs before 9 pm.. Jane F.

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hello!
What a super idea!! I actually just bought 2 long dowels and was going to store my ribbons horizontally and figure out how to attach them somewhere BUT your vertical idea is much better!
Thank you for sharing your creativity!!
Hugs,
Lynn

Life in Rehab said...

HOW did I miss this in the link party??? This is such a cool and simple idea. My daughter and I are about to do a craft area makeover, and this HAS to be part of it.

And yeah, the drill is mine too.

Anji* said...

Great job on your ribbons, I have the same ribbon problem, and get OCD over colours too! I hope my stash will soon resemble yours as I'm in the process of a massive sort-out..

Tina Grimes said...

Very nice ribbon organization idea. Love it!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I am crazy jealous of your ribbon collection! If mine ever grows to that size I will have to remember this idea.

Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

PC said...

Very clever! Thanks for sharing, Paula from Idaho
http://bucketsofideasforfall.blogspot.com/

Annie Louise said...

What a great way to organize ribbon, love this! Thanks for sharing.
Jeanette

Nikki said...

That looks GREAT!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day!!!!!!!! :)

FrouFrouBritches said...

Aren't you smart?! Much better than my big ole Wal-Mart bag with ribbon spilling out of it.

Nora said...

Good use of that vertical space...so many of us would just put jars up there & pix on the wall. If all of my ribbons weren't already off the spool & wound on antique clothes pins, stored in candy jars, I'd definitely give this project a try!
♥hugs♥

Denise Marie said...

love it!! eye candy, baby! I just wish there was a wonderful way to tape the ribbon after you've opened it and finally used a snippet of it. lol

Kelli said...

Oh my gosh...I have SO much ribbon lying around EVERYWHERE!! This is a great idea! Very inspiring!!
Kelli
http://www.houseofjoleigh.com/

Maureen F. said...

Awesome - great solution for storing ribbon

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I love the ribbon organization. Esp how color coordinated it is. I'm all about organizing by color or alphabetizing! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Jenglamgirl said...

YOU HAVE BEEN featured at CraftOManiac.blogspot.com WAY TO GO! Jen

Its A Blog Party said...

Looks Great!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Sachiko said...

Amazing! I need a shelf like that.

Leanne said...

I love all your ribbon and how organized it is. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday this week and would love for you to stop by if you get the chance.It will run Wed thru Sat. Hope to wee you there.

AmericKim said...

Love it! Looks great and so neat. Your blog is precious. Very welcoming.
Thanks for sharing,

Kimberly

Kristi Flanagan said...

Absolutely awesome! I understand the ribbon hoarding issue!

Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party.

Kristi
Punkin Seed Productions

craftymamablog said...

I love this idea! I'm also a ribbon hoarder.. lol All of mine are sitting in a basket on top of my desk, it's not very organized at all! I would love to do something like this when I get a more permanant craft space!

Becca said...

Excellent idea! I need a solution to my hoarding.

Rachelle said...

This is a great idea & I love those ribbons.

Visiting from Kuzak's Closets' link party.

Rachelle S.
www.chelstamps.blogspot.com

Holly said...

That is fantastic! My ribbon is a disaster. I am getting ready to conquer the craft room so I need this.

Jami said...

Ha ha! Are you a ribbon hoarder too? Maybe if I get organized I will use mine. Nice job!

Brittany said...

Love this! mine's next right? ;o) I'm visiting from It's So Very Cheri!

-Brittany
www.mommyscornerdiy.blogspot.com

Mrs.B said...

Looks great, LOVE IT!

MICHELL said...

Love it!! Yep gonna have to try that...newest follower www.girlinair.blogspot.com

stop by:-)

Crystal said...

Brilliant idea! Its so pretty and functional.

Scrappy Gifts said...

Fabulous work! Love it especially that it's up high away from little hands. My toddler son gets into my ribbon. Wish I was handier with tools.
Thanks for linking up to my Scrappy Saturdays. Featuring this tomorrow!

Melissa Stewart said...

Hello! I am new to your blog and simply love this idea!! Kudos to you!

Hope you will stop by and follow simple as 1-2-3 =)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Love this idea. My ribbon is all thrown in a basket where I can't easily see it. This would be very useful. Just found your blog the other day, and I'm a new follower.

www.gwennypenny.com

Michele said...

lovely ribbon display. my ribbons are just all thrown in a bin and you can't see the good stuff at the bottom. yours makes ALOT o' sense!!!

Kimberlee said...

That came out really nice. I am working to figure out how to organize my ribbons better in my limited space situation.
~Kimberlee
www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

Kimberly said...

very nice! Wish I had a shelf to do that to... :)

Jayna Rae said...

What a wonderful Crafting area

Dari said...

Gorgeous! And a fabulous idea. You are incredibly creative.

By the way - I too have MY drill. It absolutely makes it easier. :)