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!  

linking to

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Icing
Folding Chair Makeover ~ Before and After


  1. 5


    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!

    Susie @Bowdabra´s last blog post ..Paper Crafts: Piano Card


  1. […] by Cheri on August 23, 2012 =Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic. Tin Can Ribbon Organizer […]

  2. […] Mariposa Avenue {5} Kramwerkstatt {6} Quiero y Necesito {7} Martha Stewart {8} Sow & Dipity {9} Cupcakes and Crinoline {10}  101 Woonideeen via Recyclart {11} no source {12} The Frugal Tree {13} Ecometamorfosi {14} […]