Ribbon Organizer ~ Recycled Tin Can

Recycle a tin can into a pretty and useful ribbon organizer. Perfect for the craft room. This would also work great in the kitchen for twine or string.

Upcycled Tin cans - one used to organize ribbon and the other with a vintage shabby chic look used to hold crafting paint brushes

Here's a quick, easy, and inexpensive ribbon organizer for all your pretty ribbons! And, if you like crafting with tin cans, you might just love this adorable Pumpkin Buddy!

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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. 

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How-To Make a Ribbon Organizer

Colorful graphic with text ribbon organizer

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. 

tin can without label ready to be made into a tin can ribbon organizer

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. 

tin can ribbon organizer with holes punched in strip

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.

Metal eyelets for tin can ribbon organizer
tin can ribbon organizer with holes punched and metal eyelets in place

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

Upcycled tin can ribbon organizer

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 a 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.

tin can ribbon organizer complete with ribbons drawn through metal eyelet holes

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

Side View of upcycled tin can ribbon organizer

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That’s it!  

Collage of Upcycled tin can used to organize ribbon

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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

  2. Jenn/Rook No. 17 says:

    So clever, charming and practical too. I love it Mary Beth! Definitely need to get myself a Crop-A-Dile.

  3. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! I love this idea!!!!! And you did a beautiful job with decorating the can.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open.

    1. Thanks so much, Christina : )

  4. Susie @Bowdabra says:

    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!


  5. What a unique and clever way to store ribbon! Love this idea.

  6. Kathy Moody says:

    What a great idea, and so cute, too! I love it. Your newest follower on Networked. 🙂

  7. Carol ( Answer Is Chocolate) says:

    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.

  8. Mixed Kreations says:

    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.

    1. I'm glad it's an idea you can use! : )

  9. K @ Claiming Our Space says:

    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.

  10. I love this idea! Recycling and organization all in one. 🙂

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  12. Great idea! I always have trouble finding the end on a ribbon spool. This is great!

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  19. Love this tip...thanks so much