DIY Ribbon Holder from a Countertop Wine Rack

DIY Ribbon Holder from a Countertop Wine Rack

I think we can all agree that my mind works in mysterious ways- sometimes it’s a great thing (when a project works out!) and sometimes it’s bothersome (when a project fails). But once again, there I was in a thrift store, looking at everything through Sadie-colored glasses. And one of the things I spotted was this countertop wine rack that was unexciting but full of potential. As I studied the small wine rack, my mind started to see it as a DIY ribbon holder.

Because those curved bottle holders looked ideal for spools of craft ribbon!

countertop wine rack

And yes, I ogled those wooden canisters, too. Here’s a fun upcycling idea if you ever find single canisters while thrifting!

Anyway, back to the countertop wine rack.

When I returned home, I gave it a quick, imperfect dusting and tested my upcycling hypothesis. Would the bottle holders work as a ribbon rack for my craft room organizing needs?

small wine rack

And guess what? I was RIGHT! The countertop wine rack held spools of craft ribbon perfectly, like a ribbon cradle. This would be PERFECT for organizing my craft room!

upcycling a wine rack

Now, long-time friends and readers might remember that craft ribbon storage is a path I’ve been on before! But over the years, I’ve accumulated more spools (I mean, who hasn’t?) AND a bunch of those spools have a smaller hole in the middle.

In other words, I can’t store them all with my previous project!

But now, with this wine bottle holder, none of that mattered. I could transform it into ribbon rack with very little effort at all.

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DIY Ribbon Holder for Craft Room Storage

So, truth be told, I could have just set my spools in the countertop wine rack and call it a day- no shame in that game!

But c’mon…I at least had to paint it, right?

painting a countertop wine rack

I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow my love of turquoise. Blame it on being a December baby…

But I digress. I used spray paint to give the countertop wine rack a makeover. Then, I decided to improve my DIY ribbon holder with one additional thing.

First, I gathered a couple of things: Heavy gauge jewelry wire and wire cutters.

making a diy ribbon holder

I wanted the craft ribbon spools to stay in place, but also allow me to pull the tail of one spool in order to cut off whatever I wanted.

So, I snipped a long piece of wire and threaded it through the holes on my spools. Then, I simply crimped the ends of the wire over the back of the countertop wine rack.

how to store spools of craft ribbon

Now, the spools of ribbon can spin when I need to snip off a length. But they don’t come flying off the DIY ribbon holder when I pull the tail!

ribbon spool holder in a small wine rack

And just like that, my ribbon spool holder was ready to be placed in my craft room! Talk about an easy repurpose project that anyone can do, right?

diy ribbon holder for the craft room

DIY Ribbon Holder from a Countertop Wine Rack

Now the ribbon spools are secure, stay in place, but easy to swap out when a spool is emptied! How’s that for utilitarian craft room storage?

And you know what, the DIY ribbon holder is kind of cute now, too!

diy ribbon holder

I’m pretty sure I could hang a small pair of scissors from the top of my ribbon rack if I wanted to, also. Just to make it even better for craft room organizing!

Now I can finally say that some of my craft ribbon stash is TRULY getting organized; with a countertop wine rack from the thrift store. Who would have ever guessed?

countertop wine rack as a diy ribbon holder

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a ribbon rack, then you’ll also love this ribbon organizer with wooden candlesticks!

ribbon organizer

And for even more upcycling ideas for craft room organization, check out this collection of projects before you go!

craft supply storage and organizing craft supplies

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Another super cute, genius idea. You are so creative. I love this.

  2. How cute and smart! I’m not a ribbon collector but I can imagine other ways to use the wine rack too. How about with towels rolled up? Pinning.

    We are so happy that you join us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. It means so much to us. 🙂

  3. What a clever idea! And it doesn’t take up a ton of space!

  4. Denise at Knothead's Landing says

    You really do deserve the nickname I have for you, Clever Girl.

  5. I love this! I have a box of ribbons that are all jumbled up and I could use this. I just wish I could find the wine rack that you have found. I will be looking at thrift stores and yard sales for similar items. Thanks for the idea.

  6. I can tell that you’re one of those gals that can look at anything and see another use for it!…This is much more clever than my shoe box ribbon holder lol

  7. Peggy Lynch says

    Adorable! I am always amazed at your creative eye! This is incentive to tackle my garbage bag full of ribbon! #clfair

  8. Wow, what an inventive mind. I would have never thought of using it as a ribbon holder. Love your projects. #clfair

  9. chris aka monkey says

    you be so smart sarah sadie,and i would love to win the tickets #clf, i live about an hour away xx

  10. Shay Moore says

    #clfair— What an inspired idea! I love your blog, you are so clever!

  11. I just love this idea! So clever and great repurposing!

  12. Sarah, that’s so smart. If I could find something like this wine rack to store my ribbon, it would be perfect. I don’t have tons, but probably enough to fill that up. Thanks!

  13. jollyandhappy says

    I love how your mind works! You are so creative!

  14. Fantastic reuse of an old wine rack. I am so doing this. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Tweeted and pinned. #clfair

  15. Excellent idea. It can be so agravating to have the ribbons all over the place

  16. This is TOTALLY fabulous! I have the same ribbon problem. Right now they are all in plastic boxes and the smaller bits in tiny snack bags in those color-coordinated boxes to cut down on the bulk. But some are so pretty you just want them seen! The wire was brilliant. Very nice! (And my favorite color, too!) Coming to you from TOHOT! ~jeanie from Marmelade Gypsy

  17. Love it…great idea!!! My family laughs at me because I don’t drink, but probably have more wine racks than someone who does. You got me thinking and inspiring me to see if any work for this! Awesome!

  18. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Really cute Sarah and I’m glad you painted it, it gives it that special crafty look! Now you’ve got a ribbon station that keeps them all in one place and it is also very functional! A win-win! Thanks for linking up with us at our very first party at Sweet Inspiration

  19. Your craft ribbon organizer is heads and tails better than all my ribbon literally stuffed into a too small plastic bin. Great vision to see this from an old wine rack! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Fridays.

  20. Hi Sarah! This was a “Kismet” for sure, it’s just meant to be! Perfect little ribbon cradle! Love the colour you chose for it! Thank you for stopping by and linking up at Sweet Inspiration!

  21. Saw your link on the Sweet Inspiration link party, and I love it! Such a creative and compact way to store ribbon…I must have an old wine rack somewhere…

  22. so smart! i wish i had that sort of vision!

  23. Great idea! I will have to keep this in mind when my son’s nursery is transformed into my sewing/craft room! 🙂

  24. I love this! I just redid my craft room, and I needed a new ribbon organizer.

  25. Great idea! I’m always looking for ways to store my hoard of ribbons. I’ll be on the look out.

  26. Such a great idea. Love the color you picked too. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

  27. Marcie Lovett says

    Very clever! I would have walked right past that in the store.

  28. Such a cute idea! I had a ribbon rack that my husband had made and long story short we gave it to his mom. I miss my ribbon rack but this would be simple enough for me to make on my own.

  29. Such a great idea! I love the repurpose! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  30. This is such a great idea. I bet it also looks amazing on your crafting table.

  31. Great idea!

  32. Very cool! I love finding useless things and making them useful. 🙂 I love the turquoise, as well.

  33. Just stopping by to let you know this awesome post was picked as a feature on the #HomeMattersParty. You can find it featured at While you are there make sure to grab the I was featured button for you side bar.

  34. Oh my gosh..what a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  35. You turned that thrift store wall flower into a star! By the way, I love that description, thrift store wall flower.

  36. So clever to use a wine rack for ribbons. It’s so perfect and love the new color.

  37. Wow, what a transformation a coat of paint can do! Your DIY is great and so functional! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays. See you tomorrow!

  38. You always do such wonderful upcycle projects but this is one of my all time favourites so I just had to include it in my Earth Day round up

  39. Sarah, once again you’ve taken one thing and made into another cuter and more practical thing. Great idea. I’m very partial to anything turquoise or aqua too. And I’m a June baby. Go figure. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Designs.

  40. This is so perfect for a crafter – will be showing to my sister!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  41. Such a great idea! I’m going to see if my wine racks work.

  42. This is adorable and would be great on a table/desk for a small variety of ribboons currently in use. BUT, I have oodles of ribbons; I found a gun rack for $3 and can’t wait to try THAT idea of yours!


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