DIY Ribbon Spool Storage Organizer / The Best Hack Ever

DIY ribbon spool rack
ribbon spool rack hack

Do you need help with your ribbon spool storage and organizing? No worries, I have the best DIY hack ever.

This organizing hack is simple and ridiculously inexpensive, and you won’t believe how well it works.

Over the years, I have tried several different methods using rods, bins, and different kinds of boxes, and nothing seems to work well.

It always seems to end up a big mess.

I’ve used This ribbon hanger and organizer for quite a while.


My old ribbon spool rack looked nice on the wall, but it wasn’t very efficient.

What I don’t like about these types of ribbon hangers is when you need to take out a ribbon or put a new ribbon spool in, it’s a major ordeal!

Let me show you how you can make this ribbon rack in just a few minutes, and it will only cost you $2.

ribbon spool rack materials


You’ll need your purchase curtain rod that you can find at your hardware store, Walmart, or you can get them online HERE.

  • I used an 18 inch to 28 inches rod, but feel free to get any size you want.
  • You will need the hardware that it comes with.
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wall space that you want to hang it on.
  • A level, if you have one, will come in handy to ensure the rod is hanging straight. (You can always measure from the top of the ceiling and get the exact measurement).


1- Prepare the Wall Space

The first thing that you’ll need to do is prepare your wall space.

2- Find the wall studs (optional)

The screws don’t need to go into a stud, but my husband said that if you can find at least one stud to put it in, that would be ideal.

He marked the studs with painter’s tape, and I used the stud on the right to put hardware into.

ribbon spool hanging

3- Mark Screw Placement Holes with Pencil

Using a pencil, measure, and mark where you want the rod to hang.

ribbon spool hanging

4- Applying Hardware

Place the first hanger hardware in place. 

Using a measuring tape and level, determine where the other hanger must go. Apply the screw into the top holes only.

ribbon spool haning

Before you put the second screws in, attach the rod and stand back to look and see if it is hanging straight.

ribbon spool screwsIf all is good, apply the 2nd screw into the bottom holes of the hardware.

ribbon spool holder


The curtain rod will sit 2 ½ inches away from the wall, allowing small and large spools to sit on top without falling through.

Place the ribbon spools on top of the curtain rod.

ribbon spool holder

A 28-inch rod will hold up to 43 spools of ribbon! Now that is pretty cool, don’t ya think?

Place another rod below, to the side, or make a longer hanger if you would like.


Here is a tip to help keep the ribbon from unrolling.

diy ribbon spool hackI found these little tiny applique pins that work like a charm.

diy ribbon spool hack***The container that the pins come in is not great. I find that a re-purposed mint tin works great.

I use these tins to store all kinds of things.

They’re not as long as a standard sewing pin, so they don’t stick out where you can see them.

mini pins ribbon spool hackFind the end of the ribbon and slide the pin into the ribbon and into the ribbon spool, and it will keep it in place.

What To Do With Ribbon That Doesn’t Have a Ribbon Spool?

Perhaps you have some ribbon that you’ve bought by the yard. It’s not on a spool.

No worries. I have a good solution for that as well.


ribbon spool bolt

You can take comic boards and cut them down into little bolts to wrap them around.

Cut them 5 x 2.5 inches. (6.5 x 13 cm).

Tape the end of the ribbon to the board and start wrapping.

Then, insert a little pin to keep it in place. (I do the same thing with my CUSTOM-MADE BIAS TAPE).

ribbon spool hack binThis is where I store my RIBBON SPOOL BOLTS. These little plastic bins are the BEST!

plastic containers

They have adhesive on the back, and they stick really nicely to the inside of a cabinet door or the wall.


So that’s all there is to it.

This is a good opportunity to go through your ribbon box, or however you’re storing your ribbon spools, and keep the ribbon that you really like, donate or share the ones that you really don’t want anymore.

We all have different sewing spaces, different sewing needs, and supplies, but when you make your sewing space a place where you can enjoy being, it is really important and makes a massive difference in your sewing experience.



Have fun crafting!





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Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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