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Ribbon Dispenser




This handy box keeps ribbon rolls at your fingertips.


  • Sturdy cardboard container
  • Utility knife


  1. Step 1

    With a utility knife, make a 1/4-inch hole in the center of both short sides of a sturdy cardboard container.

  2. Step 2

    Place ribbon spools in box. Cut a 1/4-inch-thick dowel to length of box, and slide through box and spools; press wide thumbtacks into dowel ends.

  3. Step 3

    Cut slits for ribbon, and pull ribbon ends through. For a polished look, attach grommets using a grommet kit (available at hardware stores), and label side of box.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2006



Reviews (12)

  • DomGasperi 16 Dec, 2010

    You could simply push the tack through the short end of the box into the 1/4" dowel without making the 1/4"[filtered word].

  • Lumack 16 Dec, 2010


  • CecileFrance 5 Sep, 2010

    Yes !!! I have a lot of ribbons to store. That"s the idea

  • vikingmaiden 17 Dec, 2009

    I love it! What a great idea.

  • trineodeilusiones 16 Dec, 2009

    Grandiosa idea!!!! me sera de gran utilidad para mi taller

  • Ooty 18 Mar, 2009


  • LytningBug 17 Jan, 2009

    I finally got around to making this out of one of my Louis Vuitton boxes. Such a simple, fun project, and the result is lovely eye candy. I'll post a pic in my crafts space soon, check it out.

  • sheilaparnell 25 Jun, 2008

    I like to scrapbook and this keeps everything neat. Thanks Martha!

  • melaniemgray 16 Jun, 2008

    I just did this with all of my ribbon and it is great! It really keeps everything in its place and at hand. I do ribbon embroidery so I have over 200 spools of different color/size ribbon. It is now organized by color and size... like a nice little rainbow. Now my craft room doesn''t look like a ribbon bomb went off!

  • Since1982 30 May, 2008

    Sherwu, the 1/4-inch-thick dowel that has been cut to match the length of the box slide the spools and holds them upright.

  • sherwu 30 May, 2008

    What keeps the ribbons standing up and not falling all over each other?

  • MuMuNancy 28 May, 2008

    Neat! Tidy! It will work nicely in my newly organized wrapping paper shelf in my hall closet! Thanks!