Beautiful Order from Ribbon Chaos

We wanted to share with you an ingenius idea we found on the blog, Bee-Inspired. The blog’s author, Gabi, is a South African teacher, living in South Korea, who teaches English and loves to craft and cook. She sure inspired us…welcome Gabi, and thanks for sharing your idea with us!

I’m always amazed at how quickly my craft area goes from organized to absolute chaos. I have also realized that I often don’t use certain things because they get lost in between all the other stuff and I forget that I have them. My ribbons, lace and elastics are usually all tangled up and sometimes I find a ribbon and think: “this would have worked so well in my previous project, if I had known that I had it.”

I took science at school and although I didn’t always understand (listen) much I did get one thing. The Law of Energy Decay states that every system (in this case my crafts) left to its own devices always tends to move from order to disorder (chaos). There you have it – the reason why my room never stayed tidy when I was in school and the reason why my craft corner looks the way it does now.

Here is a simple project I made to store my ribbons and lace, and I even recycled a bit (patting myself on the back) while doing this.

You will need:

Toilet rolls (the amount depends on the size of your hanger)
Hanger of your choice (a multi-level pants hanger works well for this)

1. Cut the toilet roll
2. Place it around the hanger and tape it closed
3. Wrap ribbon/lace/whatever around the roll and do this with as many rolls as you need. (If you don’t want the ribbon unwinding every 2 seconds I would advise using a pin to secure it)
4. Ta DA!!

Some superheroes have one archenemy that they fight continually throughout their lives. One of mine is the ‘tendency towards disorder’ – the score for battles won is not in my favor BUT at least I’m on the scoreboard now:)

I hope this helps you sort through your ‘missing’ treasures, although I’m sure you are all very organized ;)

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4 Responses to “Beautiful Order from Ribbon Chaos”

  1. Oh how inventive, I am gonna have to think about this one! Recycling and organizing !!

  2. Great idea!! I always struggle with an inexpensive way to deal with my ribbon. You could not tape the slit completely shut and catch the end of the ribbon in it to stop it from unrolling. Similar to the slit in a spool of thread!!

  3. LOVE IT…I feel a need to hit the thrift stores tomorrow to find this kind of hanger!!!

    Or I may break down and pay full price at Walmart :P

  4. I immediately went into my closet and got out an unused pants hanger similar to this one, but with arms that swing out, so I didn’t even have to cut the t.p. rolls. I covered the rolls with some contact paper and then rolled the ribbon on – it looks great! I also slid some whole rolls with center holes too small for my usual ribbon storage (empty CD spindles), though this will necessitate finding a way to way this so that it comes out from the wall an inch or two for the extra depth. I love that already had everything I needed and had this made within days, after collecting a few t.p. rolls from around the house, plus one paper towel roll.