What a great way to repurpose that old VHS movie standI’m sure you can imagine the amount of ribbon a Ribbonista would acquire. But what do we do for ribbon storage? We decided to share all our ideas with the May Arts Ribbon Organization Hop. Welcome aboard!  Today I have a special ribbon storage idea to share. A while back I picked up this VHS movie stand at a thrift shop for 10 bucks!  It was a little shabby looking, but sturdy. With a little TLC and elbow grease I whipped it into craft room worthy shape.  Have a look at the ribbon rack before and after:

before and after VHS stand to ribbon organizerThe movie stand was all black which wasn’t going to jive with my bright new craft space, and it had no back. I gave it a coat of white paint and spray painted the metal rods. You may remember the back board from my Easy No Measure Chevron post.

posts for ribbon with cupboard pull finialsI had considered buying a few carousels to sit on the top, but with a little work from my craft slave  hubby, he was able to add a few rods with cute pulls on the top for about $15! He threaded the top of the rods so the finial just twists off, when access to the spools is needed. There is enough space to add three additional rods along the front of the shelf, when the time comes.

Ribbon storage idea from an old VHS rackI started to organize my May Arts ribbon by color, but to maximize the space a few rolls had to be placed out-of-order. As my collection expands, the tall spools will rest along the back of the rods and the shorter spools can be put on the posts on the top.

ribbon organization idea from an old VHS stand

ribbon organization idea from fynesdesigns.comI use paperclips to keep the ribbons from unraveling. I before had used stick pins but my kiddos little fingers could pull them out too easily, plus sometimes the pins leave a little hole, or snag.

Use paperclips to hold ribbon on rather than pins that will snack silk ribbonI do my best to keep the samples and small pieces on cards and ravelled up, but I won’t lie, they sometimes get a little crazy!



My ribbon rack is FULL! Its currently holding 150 spools of ribbon! Can you believe an old VHS rack would give that much ribbon storage?! This was the perfect solution to organizing my ribbon spools, but now I need to hunt for another! Turn an old VHS stand into a Ribbon storage rack. Its holding 150 spools!

This old VHS stand holds 150 spools of ribbon!


What do you think of this ribbon storage idea? Do you have any special way of organizing your ribbons?


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65 thoughts on “Ribbon Storage Rack

  1. Barb Wagar

    Wow what a great idea for people on a budget. These come into our thrift store all the time and could be converted so easily! Thanks for sharing your storage solution!


  2. Buffy Esser

    Oh My I really like this idea,and adding the rods to the top was a brilliant idea! I have to say your Craft Slave(LMAO) did a wonderful job,my fiance say he’s glad he isn’t the only one who gets these strange crafty job requests…thank you for sharing!


  3. Shana

    AWESOME! Can’t believe the before and after! Who would have ever thought…. a movie stand?!! You’ve got me looking at old, run down or discarded items a whole new way! Loving it!


  4. Shana

    AWESOME! Can’t believe the before and after! Who would have ever thought…. a movie stand?! You’ve got me looking at old, run down or discarded items a whole new way! Loving it!


  5. TracyM #6773

    WOW – you and your handy hubby have done a wonderful job – your storage is so cheery and practical too!!!
    Hadn’t thought of using paperclips before – thank you for this clever idea :)
    My ribbons all too often get in a tangled mess, so I have started putting the loose ones into resealable bags … too early to tell if it is going to work yet.


  6. Cheryl Walker

    Love how you recycled a shelving unit! Love the dowels too, My mom stores some of hers like that too! We are both Ribbon LOVERS!! :) hehehehehe

    thank you for sharing :)


  7. Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven)

    Oh…Wow.. This is really nice. I love it!!! I love the ribbon rods your hubby put in place for you too. What a great idea. One of my favorites for sure. Very creative. Love it….Oh I said that already. LOL…Thanks for sharing. HUGS


  8. Verna Angerhofer

    I love your storage idea. I can see I need to check thrift and auction sales for ideas on storage. It is so cool the way you recycled a movie stand and created an attractive storage area for the ribbons. Mine are in baskets and loose ones in a drawer. I saw a hint from Sandy about your storage so was anxious to see what you had used.


  9. SandyG

    My favorite ribbon storage solution; you are so creative! I love the knobs on the top of the spindles, so sophisticated and classy.


  10. Laura @ The Experimental Home

    I love it. My husband has an awful media cabinet full of CDs in our loft. I don’t even know if we have a device to play CDs other than a computer anymore. I have been thinking about stealing it and making it into crafty storage…. you may have just inspired me. Can I send my mad husband your way? :)


  11. Sara

    Stopping by from Craft-O-Mantic. Such a great idea for ribbon storage! Definitely pinning this for future reference! Thanks for sharing!


  12. Martha

    I’ve been eying those at thrift shops, but couldn’t quite figure out how they’d work since I was thinking of putting the cross-dowels through the spools. Maybe I’ll get one and hang it on the wall behind the door. Thanks for posting this!


  13. Christine

    I love this! know my mom has a movie rack like this that she isn’t using. I’m going to try to talk her into letting me transform it. Thank you for the idea!


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