DIY : Reclaimed Ribbon Organizer

A DIY Ribbon Organizer Project From Home Style Austin
Make Wrap Time A Snap

Looking for a way to bring order to gift-wrapping chaos?

This DIY project take mere minutes and less than $2 to create a useful tool that’ll make you fast and fashionable in the wraps department.


Home Style Austin  We scored our wooden box from our local liquor store. Some wine producers are still shipping their spirits in wooden boxes which are often discarded. We made friends with our local spirits aficionados who gave us several boxes for free.

Home Style Austin  With $1.58 we purchased our wooden dowels at our local crafts store, which yielded enough real estate to make four rods which could easily house over 50 spools of ribbon!


1  |  Wooden Box or Crate
Size Length To Fit  | ¼” Wooden Dowels
1  |  Hand Drill

How To Make Your Own Eco Friendly Ribbon Organizer From Home Style Austin

What To Do:

1. Once you have your wooden box measure it to determine how many dowels you will need. Our box was about 13″ wide x 11″ tall x 7″ deep which was large enough to hold comfortably hold four horizontal rods.

2. Group your ribbons by color or size depending on your preference. The size of the ribbon spools will help you determine placement of your dowels. Make sure and leave enough height and depth between the dowels so the spools will fit and spin on the rods. We placed the front rods about 1″ lower than the back rods to help us view the ribbon once the organizer was filled. 

3. Using your hand drill, make your holes. “Measure twice, drill once,” as they say. I drilled from the outside of the box and made the holes just large enough to insert the dowels so they fit tight – yet they were still able to be removed to reload ribbon. For oversized spools of ribbon we included two additional vertical rods on top, as shown.

4. Once you’ve tested placement of the dowels load them up with your ribbons; to do so I inserted half of the dowel from the outside of the box and loaded it with the spools from the inside of the box then inserted and secured the rod on the opposite side.

That’s a wrap! Now it’s time to marvel at your time-saving, eco-friendly creation!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Free Austin Recycling Guide

Keep Austin Green - Download Your Free Austin Recycling Guide From Home Style Austin

Living in Austin means living in a city celebrated for green living.

We were excited to learn about a free recycling guide made available by the City Of Austin … especially after we learned we were “over-cycling.” We’re not talking about bike riding in 5th gear here – we’re talking about our recycling efforts!

We learned there were some items that we thought to be recycle friendly … only to learn that they are banned from recycling – mainly do to the fact that our processing facilities use automated equipment that cannot handle things like:

A free recycling guide for living green in Austin.

  • Pizza boxes (not even flattened ones)
  • Shredded paper (gulp!)
  • Paper cups, plates, napkins or towels
    (for reals?)
  • Take out containers (yikes)

The good news is the guide is very easy to read. You can download the Austin Recycling Guide here at the Home Style Austin blog and you’ll probably want to visit the City of Austin’s website to learn more about proper recycling … including comprehensive recycling calendars, used battery drop-off locations and more.

Keeping our city green begins by living green in our homes. I hope this information is helpful to you for living green the Austin way!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.