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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.

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. 




Tin Can

Craft Paint or any leftover paint you may have

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 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.

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

That’s it!  

Collage of Upcycled tin can used to organize ribbon



Saturday 10th of May 2014

Love this tip...thanks so much

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