Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tutorial : Ribbon Storage Reels

Today I created some ribbon storage reels as I need them for tomorrow's craft space revamp project.

I seem to have an abundance of ribbons that I have acquired from various sources (usually presents), that are just floating around in a box labelled 'ribbons':

Usually I don't need to delve into the ribbon box too often as there really isn't anything super impressive in there, but I have decided that I am going to start collecting more pretty ribbons for use in my projects.

With that in mind, I need a better storage solution (make sure you pop in tomorrow to see what I'm going to be using to store these ribbons in!)

Anyway, enough chit chat.. lets make some ribbon storage reels.

You Will Need:

Empty toilet rolls
Thin cardboard (an empty soft drink box will work good)
A ruler
A pencil
A pair of scissors
A hot glue gun
A 'circle' template or something circular that you can trace around
Sticky tape


First, cut your toilet roll lengthwise:

Next, lay the toilet roll flat. Measure the width of the ribbon you want to store and rule lines slightly further apart than the width of your ribbon.

Next, cut along your ruled lines to create strips:

Tape the ends of your strips together so that they become circular again:

Take your 'circle' template or the circular item you are going to trace around and draw circles on to your thin cardboard. Your circles will need to be roughly 1-2 cms larger than the diametre of your toilet roll:

Cut out these circles:

Place your toilet roll circle in the middle of the circles you have just cut out and trace around it. This will be your guide as to where the hot glue should go:

Place hot glue around the inner edge of the circle you just traced and place a toilet roll circle on top. Hot glue sets really quickly, so you will only be able to do one side at a time:

Next, hot glue your other circle onto the other side of your toilet roll circle using the same technique:

Finally, wrap your ribbon or ric rac on to your ribbon storage reels:

Ta-da! You're finished!


  1. Ok, so you could have sooooo much fun organizing w/these on the cheap!

  2. fabulous! I have way too many ribbon scraps laying around - I'm whipping some of these up soon! Thanks!

  3. This is a great idea, thank you!

  4. I love it. You are so clever!!! Can I go play in my craft room now. Thank you so much.

  5. Oooh! I love this idea! I have a box of random ribbons just like yours that are screaming to be organized! Thanks for the tip!

  6. Excellent idea. I re use empty ribbon spools but sometimes they are not the right size. Very clever.

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