Upcycled DIY Ribbon Organizer

I was recently digging around in what I call my ‘bag of ribbon’ when I realized that I needed to find a DIY ribbon organizer to make my art closet a tad bit neater. Since I had no desire to spend a lot of money on organizing ribbon, I hit Pinterest to see what inspired me.

I came across several creative people who had taken household objects and upcycled them into a ribbon dispenser that is perfect for Christmas ribbon or any type of thin ribbon that you find in craft stores.

There are power tools involved in turning a tin can into a ribbon organizer but if *I* can do it, trust me…you can, too! I am not the handiest of people when it comes to power tools, but no injuries were sustained in the process!

Let me know if you try making this and tell me how it goes! If you like crafts with power tools, check out my post about how to cut a wine bottle in half. There are LOTS of ways to reuse wine bottles!

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Homemade DIY Ribbon Organizer Final


Upcycled DIY Ribbon Organizer

This upcycled DIY ribbon organizer will make your Christmas Wrapping Station OH so much more organized!


  • 1 tin can, washed and label removed (Larger cans work better…more room inside for ribbon! If you have smaller ones, check out my post on tin can upcycling for ways to use them)
  • permanent markers
  • power drill with drill bits for drilling metal can
  • metal file to file the holes smooth
  • white spray paint
  • decorations for the outside of the can if desired

Easy DIY Ribbon Organizer

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Using a permanent marker, draw small dots where you want to drill the holes for the ribbon. I decided to go with 4 holes on each side of the can, one side smaller than the other to accommodate different ribbons.

Using a power drill, carefully drill out the holes on the can. Make sure you hold the can securely so it doesn’t roll around and watch what you are doing to avoid injury!

After the holes are drilled, the edges will be slightly rough. Use a metal file to file them smoothly.

Upcycled DIY Ribbon Organizer

How to Make This Ribbon Dispenser

Spray paint the can whatever color you choose. I went with white since that is what I had in the art closet but feel free to get creative!

Decorate your can depending on your personal preferences. If your DIY ribbon organizer is holding Christmas ribbon, draw on some holly leaves. If your ribbon organizer is for birthday ribbon, use flowers, smiley faces, or whatever inspires you!

DIY Ribbon Organizer Final

Tuck your ribbon inside the can and thread each one through the hole on the side. You now have an easy homemade ribbon organizer that costs only pennies to make! If you aren’t the crafty sort, check out ribbon organizers on Amazon instead!


DIY Ribbon organizer

More Ribbon Organizing Ideas

Don’t want to try power tools, check out this easy DIY ribbon organizer that uses only a metal hanger. Now that you know how to organize ribbon, get started cleaning up your own arts and crafts supplies! Then, personalize your gift-giving with this easy DIY gift box!


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Upcycled DIY Ribbon Organizer

tin can upcycled into ribbon organizer with thin ribbon in it

Have thin ribbon that needs organizing? Make this upcycled ribbon dispenser for only pennies.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • 1 tin can, washed and label removed
  • Permanent markers
  • White spray paint
  • Decorations for the outside of the can if desired


  • Power drill with drill bits for drilling metal can
  • Metal file to file the holes smooth


  1. Wash and remove label from tin can
  2. File any rough edges with a metal file
  3. Drill holes in the tin can that will allow ribbon to be threaded through them
  4. Spray paint the can white. Let dry. Repeat a second coat if needed.
  5. Decorate the outside of the can with stickers or permanent markers
  6. Thread with ribbon and enjoy!




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