Reported by Suzy Haghighi
When it comes to ribbon, I have different forms of organization to suit bulk, spool and scrap ribbon. My spool ribbon, the easiest to organize, is organized on a rack side-by-side. No problem there, but I find the bulk of my ribbon stash is purchased in loose 3-5 yard increments that I wrap around old fashioned wooden clothespins, organized into large jars according to color. As I use up the ribbon on the clothespins, however, I am left with smaller lengths of ribbon that really have no where to go. *Shakes fist at those pesky stragglers* Too short to wrap, too long to toss, these stragglers cost me a ton of space and organizational chaos that just drives me nuts. When I was asked to give the Ribbon Ring a spin, I thought, why not?
The Ribbon Ring is a ribbon organizational system that consists of metal rings (the sizes begin at .75 and go up to 3 inches) and slotted plastic tags. The tags have a textured, matte side (the front) and a shiny, smooth side. Each tag can hold more than one ribbon, depending upon width: the slot on the Standard Tag is 1.125’ wide; the slot on the Jumbo Tag is 2” wide. The picture above shows the 30 Standard Tag Bundle and two and three inch metal rings, which are purchased separately.
The Ribbon Ring Starter Set is $8
How the Ribbon Ring System works:
- Hold a tag with the hole for the ring on top, textured side as the front.
- Insert an approximately 1 yard length of ribbon into the bottom slot of a tag from the back to front (1 in the picture above), fit it through the top slot from front to back (2), then into the middle slot from back to front (3), then back down the bottom slot from front to back (4). That sounds so confusing, doesn’t it? Thankfully, every package comes with a piece of ribbon fit into a tag so that you can see exactly how it’s done in person. Trust me; it’s very easy once you are looking at it. Weaving your ribbon through the slots ensures it stays in place on the tag.
- Put your ribboned tag on the ring. You can also combine the smaller rings that hold the ribbon onto one larger ring so more than one bundle can stay in one place.
How you choose to organize your ribbon is up to you. I used the Ribbon Ring to organize ribbon for my “inspiration station” – the corner of my craft room where I collect seasonal, matching papers and embellishments for easy access. I find that I tend to work according to seasons, so having my ribbon organized this way has really streamlined my creative process. I also keep a neutral ring for the neutrals I tend to use the most: different types of ribbon in black, white, brown and gray.
- Inexpensive way to keep ribbon easily in view and at hand, so you are more likely to use it.
- Compact, easy solution for storage that is attractive- who can resist strands of luscious ribbon dangling on the wall, beckoning, like craft Sirens, to be used?
- Great way to tame the unruly ribbon monster – it keeps the ribbon tangle free
- Room to grow – as your ribbon collection grows, you simply add more tags and rings.
- Great for travel – take your ribbon stash to your next crop!
- Did I mention how purty it looks hanging in your craft room??
- Initial organization takes time (what system doesn’t though?)
- Left uncovered, your ribbon could get dusty (unless you USE IT *wink*)
- The slot could potentially crimp/wrinkle delicate ribbon such as silk and velvet
- Not for sizes a lot smaller or longer than 1 yard
- The sticker dot system is ineffective for lazy, unorganized people like me who will forget to add a dot. I also can’t bear to cut ribbon unnecessarily – it’s a thing I have.
The Ribbon Ring system is available only online at the moment at Ribbon Ring, and at other online retailers such as Scrapbook.com (currently sold out). Shipping is inexpensive and available globally at the Ribbon Ring store; no
In conclusion, I would rate this product a 9 out of 10. I recommend the Ribbon Ring as part of a ribbon storage system because it is simple to use, inexpensive, effective and pretty. I must say all the bright happy lengths of ribbon look so attractive hanging on the rings, and I am now more likely to use those yard length pieces as I can actually see them and have them at hand to easily test against a card. Before I had to dig it out, unroll it, hold it up. This saves a lot of work. Because of length limitation, it is not the only ribbon storage solution you will ever need, but I have yet to find one that is.
How do you currently store your ribbon? Would the ribbon ring be useful to you? How would you organize your ribbon? By color, type, brand, collection, or season? Inquiring, disorganized minds want to know!