Ever since I made the first ribbon storage box to mimic this box from Oriental Trading, I’ve been thinking about how hard I looked for a good tutorial on the subject. I can’t promise that my tutorial will be “good”, but I’ll show you what I did.


The first big problem is to find a good sturdy box that will accomodate a good number of ribbon spools I ended

up buying two of these (plus a smaller version of the same box) from IKEA. The great thing about them is that they are sold in packages of two, and they require assembly. Yep, you heard me right, I *LIKE* – in this case – that they weren’t complete on shipment. Here’s why:

ribbons2.jpg Because they are shipped flat, it’s much easier to mark the holes and insert the eyelets. But don’t let that discourage you. Any sturdy cardboard box would work.ribbons4.jpg

The first step is, then to mark where you want the holes. I found that because I could put two rows of ribbon in the box, that I wanted lots of holes to poke it through. So I created this layout. 5 large eyelets on the bottom row, and 8 smaller ones on the top. I just drew two horizontal lines where I wanted each row to be and then evenly spaced each hole. (On this go round, I just opened the box I had completed already and traced the holes locations.)

ribbons5.jpg During my first attempt, I cut each hole by hand with an Exacto knife. That proved to be really hard as this is some seriously thick cardboard. So this time around, I asked my hubster to try using the drill. Ahhh… I saved the aching in my hands and ended up with much cleaner holes! Each hole he drilled was just a tiny bit bigger than the opening in the eyelet.

ribbons6.jpg Next, just insert the eyelets. The large and small follow a similar process, but follow the instructions on your eyelet kits.

ribbons7.jpg And voila! Your own neat ribbon storage! You can see that even with the extra holes I still needed to thread 2 ribbons through some. So far, that seems to be working ok. And it’s really easy to see what I have, and actually USE it because it’s easy to get to.

Now, does anyone know what to do with the little “bobbins of ribbon”? I have a million of those too!!!


34 Responses to “Ribbon Storage Box Tutorial”

  1. Carol Emma on November 5th, 2007 9:47 am

    Oh, very cool!
    I need to make one right away.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Lisa LaPella on November 6th, 2007 7:05 am

    Love your idea! Unfortunately, I posted
    “Awesome Idea!” under you post about the photographer taking pictured of crying children. Erm. Sorry. *This* is an awesome idea! The other… not so much.

  3. Marissa on November 6th, 2007 1:24 pm

    Wow this is such a great idea, I am so in need of ribbon organization.

  4. becca on November 7th, 2007 8:47 pm

    That’s a great idea!

  5. beruta on November 15th, 2007 11:44 am

    It`s so clean an clear! Great!

  6. Amy on November 15th, 2007 11:58 am

    So great, I love it! I think my 4 year old would love one of her own too :)

  7. sunshine on November 15th, 2007 12:50 pm

    great idea and excellent tutorial, now i have an excuse to get an eyelet set!
    i use expired ribbon spools (and plastic jar lids, etc) to make silly hats like these:
    and this one:
    they are made with tiny scraps of ribbon and fabric and lots of fabric glue and are the most fun rainy-day activity.

  8. Sarah on November 15th, 2007 3:00 pm

    How does the ribbon sit inside the box? Sorry if I missed something obvious, but is it still on the spools, or just lying loose inside?

  9. Jessica on November 15th, 2007 4:09 pm

    Very cool. I sure can use them, thanks.

  10. Jeannette on November 15th, 2007 4:46 pm

    The ribbon is on spools sitting on edge in the box…

  11. Hermine on November 16th, 2007 11:33 am

    it isn’t just handy but it looks neat also. great idea.

  12. terri on November 16th, 2007 11:37 am

    wow this is great!!

  13. Burtine on November 17th, 2007 4:59 pm

    I love this idea and it will work wonders for my silk ribbons. They are always in a tangle and have to be pressed before use. Thank you for sharing.

  14. HowToMe on December 3rd, 2007 9:46 pm

    Wonderful tutorial. Nice job on the boxes, too. I have a few extra bobbins and just do what my Mom did – keep them all rolled up inside a tiny zip-lock bag inside the sewing machine. I’ll look forward to hearing what your readers suggest. :-)


  15. Cyndi L on March 1st, 2008 12:58 pm

    Great organizer! I’d love to share this idea with my readers. Would you give me permission to link to your project and share one image?

    Cyndi L

  16. Deborah on May 11th, 2008 4:10 pm

    Ribbon Box is very very cool.

  17. judy on May 14th, 2008 10:47 pm

    Could you takr a pic of the inside and how it looks with all the ribbonin there? It is really cute.

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  21. Sally on August 17th, 2008 3:45 pm

    I would like to see a picture of the lid open to see how the ribbons are laid out in there. This is a great idea and boy do I ever need ribbon storage.

  22. Sue on December 13th, 2008 3:39 pm

    Hey! I’ve been looking for a ribbon box for the larger quantity spools of ribbon that I have. I like your idea and it certainly looks easy enough. I’m going to give it a try! thanks for putting this out on the web. Happy Holidays! :-)

  23. Mel M. M. M. on December 22nd, 2008 3:33 pm

    This is sheer brilliance! Love the way you disassembled it & did it. Genius! Thanks for sharing all the steps. :O)

  24. Gem on January 8th, 2009 11:24 pm

    Great tut!

    You should put it up on ikea hacker

    (don’t worry I’m not associated with IH, I just love the site LOL)

  25. Sandi on April 3rd, 2009 1:40 pm

    This is brilliant! I saw you featured over on Ucreate, craft-ON-sista!!!

  26. Divânia Aparecida Nogueira on April 4th, 2009 9:03 am

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…….very good!Hugs from Brazil!

  27. Jedda on April 9th, 2009 8:30 pm

    LOVE THIS!!! Thanks!

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  29. Judy B on May 23rd, 2009 1:35 pm

    This looks so cute and sturdy compared to others I’ve seen. Here’s a link to making a ribbon organizer for those small leftover bits using an egg carton.

  30. Jeannie Torres on July 21st, 2009 11:19 am

    You are AMAZING!!!! I have tried every kind of home made ribbon storage trick I could come up with and they all failed miserably after wasting time, money, and effort. :(

    I just purchased a Crop a Dile Big Bite which I have been dying to use. Now I can play with my new toy and solve a storage problem as well!

    Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!


  31. Marla on October 15th, 2009 4:32 pm

    Those ‘ribbon bobbins’ make great bases for elaborate tassels with fun figures glued on for toppers.
    i.e. Glue layers of fringe and loops of ribbon around sides, even bottom if desired, then glue on a finial top or a little figure of some type.
    You’ve got an elaborate, one-of-a-kind tassle!

    Thank you for this easy-to-do DIY, as I have extra ‘photo/craft’ boxes left over which will be ideal for ribbon storage boxes.
    They are just sitting there all black and plain waiting for this exciting transformation with modge podged scrapbooking paper covers and a little ribbon trim!;)

  32. Mandy Lawson on February 11th, 2011 9:36 am

    I think your idea is fantastic but how do you keep the ribbons from trangling up.I have a lot of loose ribbons. Mandy

  33. Jeannette on February 11th, 2011 10:01 am

    Mandy, All of my ribbons are on spools. I keep the loose ones (usually shorter pieces) in a separate box. Those are still willy nilly. I suppose if you have longer lengths, you could wrap them around a dowel?

  34. Dolly on August 1st, 2011 3:14 am

    I love it.

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