I had a brainstorm!!!
I know a lot of you are like me and are always in search of a better way to do/organize things. For a long time I have been searching for the best way to store ribbons. I have tried using ribbon boxes; stored ribbon rolls on a pants hanger (still a top choice); winding ribbon on Cropper Hopper ribbon holders and placing in shallow drawers; hanging ribbon on rings from the same Cropper Hopper ribbon holders and floss holders; and I'm sure some other ways that I just can remember at this point. It has been a frustrating journey.
I have to admire the idea behind the Ribbon Ring. When I saw this product, I took my Cropper Hopper ribbon holders that I had ribbon wrapped around (didn't like the wrinkles the ribbon ended up with) and floss hangers, and punched holes in them and hung them on a ring. I was in effect hanging ribbon from a ring just as the Ribbon Ring was. And, I felt good that I was reusing something I already had.
Well, I didn't completely like this. I liked having the ribbon hanging, but I didn't like using the rings or the Cropper Hopper ribbon holders. The teeth in them was damaging to my ribbon. And, I found the rings annoying. It became a nuisance to me.
I seriously considered buying the Ribbon Ring, but it was just too expensive for my budget. I'm not saying that it isn't a great product or that it isn't worth the money. I just couldn't bring myself to pay $40-50 for another ribbon storage system that I wasn't sure I would even like (since the plastic tabs were still stored on rings).
So, one night it came to me. I had a brainstorm!!! I COULD USE "TIE HANGERS". I thought that I would easily hang ribbon on them without the ribbon falling off, and I could hang the tie hangers on my current pants hanger that I have ribbon spools on.
I immediately got on the internet and searched for tie hangers. On EBay, I found a package of 200 black/unmarked tie hangers for $5.00. Yes... I said $5.00. I was willing to try this for this price.
Well, the hangers arrived and I moved all of my loose ribbon to the new tie hangers. I could hang ribbon that was up to 1 5/8" wide (which I don't have very much of). The tie hangers comfortably hold two ribbons (3 narrower ribbons).
I hung all of the tie hangers from the bottom rung of my existing pants hanger. My pants hanger holds approximately 125 of the tie hangers (most of which have at least two ribbons on them). This hanger has always hung on the back of my door. What a space saver.
It is working great. I feel so organized. I have all my ribbons sorted by colors family. I can easily remove the individual ribbon/hanger from the main pants hanger and bring it to my work table. And, most of all... I didn't spend fortune. It is probably the cheapest organizational project I've done in a long time!
I recommend trying this yourself!