Ribbon Organizer That I Made in an Hour

When we moved to the lake house, the first room I set up was my studioffice. I set it up exactly as I had it on our previous house. After living here for over a year now, I found the set up was not working for me anymore. Now that the kitchen is 98% complete (just waiting to get microwave installed). I am taking on my studioffice.  It has become too cluttered and I don’t need many of the items and furnishings any longer. One of the biggest things I had to tackle was the creating a new ribbon organizer.

I used to store the spools of ribbon I had in my crafts cabinet on cafe style curtain rods that you see in the photo. I now have double the amount of ribbon… something had to give as the spools were taking over!!!

I knew I didn’t want the ribbon on rods anymore. The rods kept the ribbons easily accessible, but when a spool in the center became empty, I would have to remove all the other ribbons on one side of it to remove it. Not a good thing.

I also wanted to make use of one of the empty frames on the wall I call my Creative Wall.  I previously used the frame as a mini photo studio, but the light in the room is not as bright as my previous house, so I take my photos on my kitchen table now.

So I started to purge and clean out the room last week. I still have a long way to go in the room to get it where I want it to be function and decor wise, but am happy to say…

…I can check ribbon organizing off my list now.

There are many more ways to make a ribbon organizer, but this is what I created using the roofing drip edge and supplies I had on hand. It works for me and I wanted to show you that there is no wrong or right way to do something. There is always a way to create something and it doesn’t have to be the standard way.

I thought about making a wood rack or buying a ribbon organizer, but my plan is to keep the room as simplified as I possibly can and decided to see it I could come up with a way to use the empty frame on my creative wall.

After a trip to the home improvement store where I went to see about using gutters, I ended up buying Corrugating 2.38-in x 10-ft Aluminum Drip Edge. It is sold right next to the gutters and roofing supplies. The gutters I found at Lowes were too big and they were made of PVC. There was no way I could cut them to get them in my little car.  I also like that the roofing drip edge was inexpensive and white. No paint was needed!


I brought tin snips with me when I went to buy the roofing drip edge so I could cut the long length of the aluminum drip edge to fit into my car to get it home.

supplies needed:

  • Large wood photo frame
  • 3 – Corrugating 2.38-in x 10 Aluminum Drip Edge – roofing/gutter aisle in the home improvement store
  • Tin Snips
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • 14 – 1-1/2″ zinc corner braces with screws
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Large brass fasteners
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Work gloves
  • Optional: Washi tape to cover ends of cut aluminum drip edge.

I already made the frame that is part of my Creative Wall.  You can read how I created it in this post: Craft Room Idea. If you don’t want to make a frame you can simply buy any size frame and hang it on your wall. I cut the aluminum drip edge into 7 pieces to create 7 shelves that fit inside the frame for my ribbon organizer.

Once the frame is hung on wall (no glass or mat, just the frame), measure the inside width of the frame. This width will be the measurement you will need to cut the aluminum drip edge.

  1. Put on work gloves (the aluminum drip edge does have sharp edges) and use tin snips to cut the aluminum drip edge to the width needed.  If your tin snips are sharp, cutting through the aluminum is very easy.  I drew a pencil line where I needed to cut and then cut into the drip edge from one side, and then flipped it around to cut in from the other side to meet the first cut. My cuts were not perfectly square so you don’t have to be exact.

2. Place a corner braces as shown above on the outside of one of the cut pieces of drip edge and mark hole closet to edge on corner brace onto aluminum drip edge. Repeat on opposite end. Drill holes where pencil marks are.

Place corner braces around L-shape of aluminum drip edge and line up holes. Place a large brass fastener in hole.

3. Bring tips of brass fastener to inside of drip edge and then spread out to secure. Add a drop of glue over center of opened fastener. Repeat on all other cut sections.

Each cut to size shelf should have two corner braces attached. One on each end.

Optional: I left the cut edges of my ribbon organizing shelves alone, but the cut edges can be sharp. If you want to cover the edges, add some colorful Washi tape over each edge before hanging the shelves on the wall.


Starting at the bottom of the frame, begin attaching the shelves to the wall by screwing in the other side of each corner brace into the wall with screws. You may have to bend the front of the shelf out a bit, but this is OK to do since when you place the ribbon in, the spools will push the front out also.

I attached the bottom shelf so it sits on the frame. When the ribbon spools are placed on the shelf, the metal will bend out slightly. This creates a angled view and secure fit for the spools of ribbon.

Arrange your ribbons by the size of the spool before screwing the shelves to the wall. For the spacing of my ribbon organizer shelves, I placed the largest spools of ribbon I had on the the bottom shelf. I needed 5″ of clearance for these ribbons. I placed the next two shelves up 5″ apart. For the rest of the shelves I spaced them at 4″ to 4-1/2″ apart.

Use a bubble level to make sure the shelves are level as you attach them to the wall.

Place ribbons in shelves by size and or color.  Some of the spools don’t touch the bottom of the shelf, but they are all secure and easy to get to now. The best part though is that they are now not only organized by color, but easily accessible and pretty to look at.

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