DIY Ribbon Holder – Photo Tutorial

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Need Help Organizing Your Ribbons?

Crafts are so much fun, but the supplies can start taking over your space quickly. Learn how to make this DIY ribbon holder that will dispense six spools of ribbons.

Some of the wider spools might need some customization, but this tutorial will fit about 6 spools of ribbon from Stampin Up, even if a couple of them are slightly wider.

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I found this project on Jan Brown’s Youtube channel. If you’ve seen my other projects you will see more from Jan B. She is one of my favorites!

My finished project looks slightly different from Jan’s, as we all have our personal styles.


 Cuts of Paper for Our DIY Ribbon Holder

Paper cuts for the diy ribbon holder project

  • A piece of cardstock in your base color cut to 11 3/4″  x 7 7/8″
  • Your cardstock base color again cut to 1″ x 4″ (this becomes your template to make the holes in your box)
  • 6 pieces of your chosen DSP cut to 4″ x 1/34″
  • 10 pieces of that same DSP cut to 1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″

I used the 2017 In color “Tranquil Tide” as my base cardstock color, and then for my DSP I used piece from the 2017 Eastern Palace paper pack. If you enlarge that photo I actually thought I was going to use 12 of the small 1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ paper, but ended up only using 10.

This is how my project differs from Jan’s as she did not put DSP on the sides of her box. I like the way it looks with the sides covered in DSP.

Let’s put it together.

Step 1: Score Your Paper

DIY ribbon holder score landscape

With your paper on your scoring tool on the landscape side (wider than it is high) score your paper at the following measurements:

1 7/8″, 3 3/4″, 5 5/8″, 7 1/2″, 9 3/8″, 11 1/4″

Then turn your paper to the portrait side (higher than it is wide) and score at these measurements:

1 7/8″, 6″

Step 2- Crease and Trim

diy ribbon holder fold and crease

For the next step, you will fold your paper at all the lines you just made, and run our bone folder over each to make a crease. Make sure you fold over all lines you made including the landscape and portrait lines.

Then, on the smallest column, you’re going to cut the two end pieces off as shown above. This will create a tab in the middle. From this point forward while we’re prepping the box, this tab will be to the right as shown.

Make sure as you’re doing the taping and  marking that will come in future steps, that tab is to the right.

Step 3- Cut Your Sections

dit ribbon holder cut sections

Now, you will take your paper snips and cut the line between each of the sections from the bottom of the paper up to the first portrait line you made previously, as shown above.

This DIY ribbon holder project is very forgiving. If you don’t cut exactly on the line it’s okay. I had my seven year old daughter help with one of these boxes and it turned out fine.

Step 4 – Place Your Tear n Tape

Next, we’re going to work with our Tear N Tape, which is a double sided tape with sticky on both sides. When you place the tape, you’ll notice there’s a top layer covering the top sticky side. Leave that on for now.

Working from left to right on the bottom row, skip the first section. On the second section you’re going to make an “L”  shape with your Tear N Tape.

Make sure the piece of tape that goes from side to side on the bottom only goes out to about the middle of the section. So we’ve got one up and down piece that can cover the whole section, and one side to side piece that only covers half.

Then, on the third, fourth, and fifth section, you will place a piece of Tear N Tape all the way across the bottom of each section. Leave the sixth section blank.

Now, you’re going to mirror this on the top row. It will look more like an “r”shape on the top row for the second section, then for the third, fourth, and fifth section we’ll add the side to side piece across the top. Leave the sixth section blank.

Step 5 – Flip and Mark your Sixth Section on Each Side

diy ribbon holder mark your sixth section on the back

The lighting makes this look like a different piece of paper but it’s the same one, I promise.

Next, you’re going to flip your paper over. Note our tab is still to the right. Now, on that sixth section, you’re going to grab a ruler and a pencil, and mark your paper at 1/2″ on each side, as shown above.

It doesn’t matter exactly where you place your marks on the section, as long as it’s 1/2 inch up from the bottom.

Step 6- Glue on Your DSP

diy ribbon holder place your dsp

Get your Multi-purpose liquid glue, and start placing your designer series paper on the side you just made your marks on. (So, the opposite side of where you placed your tape.)

The larger pieces will go in the middle of course, and the smaller pieces cover those small sections we’ve been working with, except for the one we just made a mark on. This is why I decided to only do 10 pieces instead of 12. I realized it would cover that mark.

You could cover it first and then make your marks, but I like the way it looks with that one section not covered.

Obviously, your tab on the right is left uncovered as well. Again, I didn’t get these all placed perfectly, but with the forgiving nature of this DIY ribbon holder project, the end result still looks fabulous!

Step 7 – Make Your Template For The Ribbon Holes

diy ribbon holder template for holes

For the next step in our DIY ribbon holder, we’re going to work with the 1″x 4″ piece of cardstock we cut to make the ribbon hole template.

I used my sewing cutting mat turned paper crafting mat to line up my piece of paper, but you could use Stampin Up grid paper. I do use that grid paper often, I just forgot.

Line your 1″ x 4″ piece of cardstock as straight as possible. Then, lay your ruler over it where your marks will go about half way up the template. Mark your paper at these measurements:

1/2″, 1 1/8″, 1 3/4″, 2 3/8″, 3″, 3 5/8″

It may not look 100% even on your template. No worries. You will notice that you can place it on your box to look more even.

DIY ribbon holder hole template 2

Now, use your circle punch to cut out holes over each place you marked. Again, you’ll love how forgiving this DIY ribbon holder project is! Notice how my holes aren’t perfectly straight and even. It doesn’t matter.

Step 8 – Use Your Template

DIY ribbon holder use your template

The easiest way to use your template is to temporarily stick it to the paper with post it notes.

Notice, we’ve turned our paper to the side opposite of the tab now. We’re working with the middle section of the full side. Place your template where your six holes will look as even as possible, and use post it notes to hold it in place.

DIY ribbon holder cut your box holes

Next, you can take your hole punch again and simply punch through the actual box through your template holes.

diy ribbon holder holes cut through

When you pull your template away, your holes will be placed perfectly for your DIY ribbon holder, yay!

Step 9 – Let The Assembly Begin!

DIY ribbon holder fold box one

All of our prep is finally in place and we are ready to assemble our DIY ribbon holder box.

First, on the side where our designer series paper is beautifully displayed, we’re going to bring that tab around to the side where we just made our holes, and we’re going to temporarily hold them together with post it notes again.

I recommend reaching inside and also putting post its on the inside. The side with the holes will sit right on top of that tab as shown in the photos above. You’ll notice the pieces where you made your marks are right there beside it, it will not overlap this piece.

Next, you’re going to loosely fold over the side pieces of one side, as shown above. Don’t stick anything yet. With these folded in flip your DIY ribbon holder over, so you can work with the other side.

Once you turn it over, find the section where you made your mark.

diy ribbon holder opposite tab

Now take the top layer of the Tear N Tape off of the piece that’s directly opposite of the tab where you made your  mark. Then line it up to the mark you made, and press down to connect these two pieces.

Note that none of the other tape is ready to have the top layer removed yet. We’re going to remove them as we go.

Continue Sticking Your Tabs

Okay, now turn your project to where it looks like mine as shown above. You’ve torn one piece of tape off and attached it to the opposite side where your mark was.

After I’ve turned it as it is in the photo above, we’re now working with the tab to the left of the piece we’e just places. Tear off the top of that Tear N Tape. (You’ll see I’ve already done that in the photo.)

You’ll notice on the tab directly across from it, there is no tape. Only the sticky tab is going to be placed down. The tab with no sticky that’s straight across from it will not be used here.

Still, as you are laying your sticky side down, bring the tab with no tape on top of it to make sure it’s lining up correctly.

Then, stick that down on top of the tab you just placed.

diy ribbon holder third tab

As you can see in the photo above, we now have that piece placed. The tab that had no sticky is still free. Next, work the tab to the left of it. This will be the piece that’s directly across from the one we’ve made our “L” shape on.

Do not take the top layer off of the “L” shape. We’re going to use it just like we did the tab with no tape. So, again just that sticky tab is going to be laid down. However, as you lay it down it’s a good idea to bring the tab with the “L” shape tape over it to make sure it’s placed correctly.

Make the Lid With The Final Two Tabs

Now, all of our tabs are placed except for the “L” shaped tape one and the one right next to it. These make the lid of the box.

In my haste to get the photo I didn’t notice that my top layers from my Tear N Tape were still sitting there. You can also see where the post it is starting to come loose.

That’s okay, because now that these other tabs are down, they hold the shape in place.

The last step you will do to this end is take off the top layer of the “L” shaped tape, and bring it down over the tab with no tape. So, fold over the tab with no tape first, lining it up again to the tab directly across from it.

Then, bring down the tab with the exposed “L” sticky tape on top of that tab. In this way, the tab with no sticky on it is still able to be lifted up.

My apologies, I forgot to take a photo of what that looks like after it’s done, but in the next section you can see the completed look from the other side.

Step 10- Repeat on Opposite Side of DIY Ribbon Holder

Next you turn your DIY ribbon holder on the other side and repeat the above steps to get the tabs on that end down correctly.

I did happen to get a photo of the finished look on this side:

DIY ribbon holder end piece

Step 11- Load Your Ribbons

Guys, check out our beautiful open ribbon box! I told you this DIY ribbon holder project is easy and forgiving. This looks so impressive! Time to load our ribbons.

As you can see, some of the spools are slightly wider than the others. This did not cause a problem. Much wider would cause you to need to do some customization, but these fit perfect.

Load your ribbons with the tail coming off up from the back so it can go up through the hole.

DIY ribbon holder push ribbons through

Then, push the ribbons through the hole right above each one. You might have to pinch wider ribbons to go through. This is okay.

Step 12- Enjoy Your DIY Ribbon Holder

DIY ribbon holder complete

Finally, you’ll close your box and enjoy your ribbon dispenser!

Jan takes an extra step of using a magnetic closure. If I ever get around to getting some crafting magnets I might do that. It works fine without them.

You can make as many of these as you need and use them side by side or stacked.

We’re done! I love this fast and easy project. It will impress your friends and family for sure.


You can grab all the supplies you need to make your own DIY ribbon holder at my Stampin Up website. Thanks for visiting.

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Laura enjoys a variety of crafts including paper crafting, crocheting, sewing, making vinyl tee shirts, and cross-stitching. She tries to balance her time and enjoy the simpler things in life.

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