Ribbon Rack {Tutorial}

Once again, we are debuting a new item from our custom craft room that Mr. Woodsy constructed last year! Today we will show you how to build your own ribbon rack! Originally, I wanted this measly ribbon rack and shelving unit at Michael’s. I brought Mr. Woodsy to Michael’s to see it, and as soon as he saw it he said he could build one that was bigger and better for a fraction of the cost. I took him up on his offer, and voila! He came up with an 8 row ribbon rack! Once again, Mr. Woodsy has put together a brief tutorial on how to make your own ribbon rack. Remember, there are a wide variety of ways to make your own ribbon rack, this is just the approach he used! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us! 

For the ribbon rack I made a simple rectangular box with glued and nailed butt joints. You can personalize your ribbon rack to whatever size you wish, but remember to watch the length. If it’s too long you might need to add a center vertical support for the dowels. The length of my dowels were 13.5”, if it’s to long the dowels will bow. 

The length of the box on the inside is 13” so a ¼’ of dowel gets inserted in to the slots. As for the slots, I clamped the two sides together got an average size of the spools of ribbon (4  ½”) and divided the by the height of my box.  That gave me the amount of slots the I needed to route out.

I used a 3/8” upspiral bit to cut out each of the slots to the center of each of the side boards. Then I cut a 3/8” down cut to hold each dowel in place once mounted. 

*Pictured to the left is the ribbon rack and the right is the stamp rack*
I added bead board to the back of the rack for support and a little extra detail. Since we wanted all the furniture built for the craft room white, we painted the ribbon rack. I used a basic white water-based paint followed by a coat of water-based semi-gloss polyacryclic finish. *I did 2 coats of both white and polyacrylic. You can roll the white paint on but in order to get a smooth finish you must brush the polyacrylic on. 

Getting ready to nail the shelf in place. What is not pictured is the support brackets I made. It’s up to you by the way you want to hang it. It should be wide enough to hit two studs in the wall if you want to hang it free standing. I didn’t use that instead I used a scrap piece of wood that I mounted to the bottom and top (1 x 1). They were glued and nailed to the top and bottom of the rack. I then anchored and placed 2 screws in to the top and bottom parts of the wall. 
A few “test” rolls of ribbon on the rack… little did Mr. Woodsy know I would fill up the whole rack in no time! 

Here is what the ribbon rack looks like almost filled up! 

An upclose look of what the ribbon rack looks like filled. 



  1. While They Snooze says:

    That looks great! I want one, I want one! : )

  2. This is awesome! I would love if you would drop by and share this at my party! Thanks. Chris

  3. Anngela says:

    Good job Mr. Woodsy!!!! Looks very similar to mine though I like how your dowels slide out! 🙂 I also love how we own at least half of the same ribbon haha

  4. The Feisty Redhead says:

    Love it! Wondering if it would work for thread, too.

  5. ccoffey says:

    Wow, look at all that ribbon!!! Great job!

    I did something similar but hung them on tension rods. Yours definitely holds more and will better stand the test of time. I'm experimenting to see which works best for me.

    Again, looks great!



  6. Lesley Litrento says:

    AWESOME!!! Really, this is such a nice rack. My 'Mr.' isn't handy like that…..You should be so thankful!

  7. Tammy @ she wears flowers says:

    This is exactly what I have told my husband I want (so he can make it, of course! 😉 but the addition of the beadboard is fabulous! I am feeling so motivated to get these done! Thank you!!

  8. Thanks for sharing at Us and Them! I hope to see ya back next week! Chris

  9. awesome!!!!

  10. Jen @ lil Mop Top says:

    Turned out great! Wonder if I can convince my husband to make one for me too! 🙂

  11. This looks wonderful! I'm so pissed at myself for taking most of my ribbons off the spool things, now I can't store them properly, duh!

    But I really like this idea so many just have to buy more ribbons to warrant making one!

    Thanks for sharing.

  12. laxsupermom says:

    The Mr. did such an awesome job on the ribbon rack! Love it! I'll have to put my own Mr. into action on one for me. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum says:

    The beadboard back is so clean looking! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from Us & Them.

  14. Danielle says:

    This looks awesome. I love it!

  15. Korrie@RedHenHome says:

    Oooh, that is SO COOL! I obviously need more ribbon…and a rack to put it on…

  16. What a great job here! And I am so envious – your Mr. is a lot more handy than my hubby!
    Found you at Paisley Passions!

  17. Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! Love the beadboard. I see you have a handy hubby like I do. TFS! Stopping by from Rhinestone Beagle and your newest follower.

    Come on by my blog when you have a moment. This is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/05/wool-buffalo-check-coat-finished.html

  18. a life made sweet... says:

    i love it!! i have to show hubby so he can make one for me.. mine are all in a tote now. i love the access to the ribbon.

  19. Tiffany says:

    Super cute! I'm about to move and I'm super excited about my new craft room!! I love the bead board accent!

    Tiffany, I blog over at http://itsacowgirlthing.blogspot.com/

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  21. Well done! This turned out great. 🙂 I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:

    Thanks for inspiration!

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  22. That's a great idea for storing ribbons! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Red Sewing Box says:

    I love it! I will try to make my own one for all my trims and ribons, thanks for sharing!

  24. Love this! I saw something like this at a paper art store and wanted one for my sewing room, but didn't know how to make it. I'm also trying to learn woodworking!

  25. I looked at the measly one at micheals too. like $25 to hole what…maybe 10 spools? I have at least a hundered! Nonsense! My husband wasl ike…I could build one of those for NOtHING. Some of that stuff at micheals man, its like, i reeeeally want it, it would be reeeeally useful, but NOT FOR $89! thats crap! someone is rolling in the doung though, thats for sure. But they wont see a dime from me. 🙂

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