Ribbon Organizer ~ Recycled Tin Can

Here’s a quick, easy and inexpensive way to organize your crafting ribbon while recycling.  I use tin cans for a lot of crafts around my house.  I love to punch holes in them using my Crop-A-Dile or a nail {if the area can’t be reached with the Crop-A-Dile} to make luminaries for various holidays or just for fun.  While thinking about this a little deeper a few weeks ago {yes, I think deeply about holes, cans and crafting! : ) } I thought that this method might work well for ribbon organization and with nothing left to lose, I tried it and it worked. 

1.  All you need is a tin can with the label removed.  Make sure you wash out your can and that there are no sharp edges. 

2.  I used a line that was already on my can as the mark for placing a straight line of holes using my Crop-A-Dile.  If I chose to add more holes I could have used a nail to put another hole below the furthest point that my Crop-A-Dile would go. 

3.  So that the hole edges weren’t sharp I used my Crop-A-Dile to add eyelets to the holes.  This also gives the can a more finished look.

4.  Next, I dry brushed my can with some pink craft paint {use any color you wish!}.  I applied 3 coats. 

5.  When all was dry I used a rubber stamp and a gold paint pad to stamp on a butterfly.  I had a little rub on crown left from the Dollar Store Princess frame I made last year and put that on my can as well as the number 5 {stenciled on in white} and then rimmed in gold paint.  I also rimmed the eyelets with the gold craft paint.

6.  Add your ribbon spools to the can one at a time feeding the ribbon ends through the eyelet hole.

That’s it!  

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  1. Hi, I must say this is a fantastic idea! I have a mountain of ribbon that could be organized with this! Thanks for sharing
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  2. So clever, charming and practical too. I love it Mary Beth! Definitely need to get myself a Crop-A-Dile.
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  3. Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! I love this idea!!!!! And you did a beautiful job with decorating the can.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
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  4. Mary this is AWESOME!! Finally a use for my Crop-A-Dile! We love ribbon over at the Bowdabra blog and would be thrilled if you linked this up in our Saturday Crafty Showcase. It runs Sat-Thur and our Bowdabra Designers pick their favorites to be featured on Friday. Stop over and share you awesome idea!

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  5. Genius!
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  6. Hi,
    Thanks for this absolutely fabulous tutorial.Inspiered me.
    Have a look at my blog I’ll be so glad.

    Hugs from Portugal

    Ana Love Craft


  7. What a clever idea!
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  8. Very awesome project! I always have a ton of ribbon…in knots – this is a great fix!
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  9. What a unique and clever way to store ribbon! Love this idea.
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  10. What a great idea, and so cute, too! I love it. Your newest follower on Networked. :)
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  11. This is so handy!
    Need to organise one in order to prevent the yearly “Christmas presents ribbon mess paranoia” in time!
    Thank you for sharing
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  12. I love this! Not only is it a frugal solution but I love that you recycled something to make it both useful and beautiful. Great job!

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:


    Have a great day!

  13. This is such a genius idea. I love using cans for craft storage and hadn’t thought of organizing my ribbon this way. Thanks for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House.

  14. What a wonderful idea. I have been saving cans and decorating them and using them to get my craft room organized. I love this idea. Thank you for sharing.
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  15. OK, I need to get a crop-o-dile because this is great. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.
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  16. I love this idea! Recycling and organization all in one. :)
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  17. very pretty

  18. Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party.
    Your can ribbon organizer is incredible and I believe it would be perfect as a holiday gift idea.
    Please join the link party at Homa Style.
    Here’s the link http://homastyle.com/wp/2012/10/31/simple-holiday-gift-ideas/
    Hope to see you there!
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  19. Great idea! I always have trouble finding the end on a ribbon spool. This is great!

  20. I love this idea!

  21. Rianette says:

    Love this tip…thanks so much


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