Ribbon Storage Rack

What a great way to repurpose that old VHS movie stand

I’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 organizer

The 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.

I 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 rack

I 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 fynesdesigns.com

I 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 ribbon I 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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