Organizing Trims and Ribbons with Tic Tacs

Organizing your ribbon can be a tough task to tackle (try saying that 10 times fast). No matter what I do I always seem to end up having spools of ribbon racing around my floor and unwinding in seconds. I was therefore completely floored when I saw Helena from Craft and Creativity using Tic Tac containers to keep her spools intact. It’s a genius idea and I just knew I wanted her to share it with all of you.

Helena’s Craft and Creativity doesn’t stop there. In both Swedish and English she will teach you how to make Yarn Wrapped Recycled Bottles, have Band Aid Fun (some of the prettiest Band Aids I have ever seen) and show you the coolest way to makeover earphones.

Now, let’s get to organizing…

Organizing Trims and Ribbons with Tic Tacs

Beautiful trims, ribbons and lace is fun to use when you’re crafting, sewing or wrapping gifts. My trim stash has been a total mess up to now, all tangled together and no order at all. It’s been hard to get a proper overview.

As so often before I found the solution via an image on Pinterest. The picture led me to the site Instructables (a great source of inspiration, by the way!) and there I found a description on how to use TicTac containers for a smart ribbon storage solution. Ingenious! Luckily I have a husband who likes mints and I was able to lay my hands on a bunch of TicTac’s really cheap at our local grocery store.

I poured the TicTac tablets into a large jar and pimped the jar with some washi tape (nothing may remain unembellished, you get that right?). 😉

It just so happens that TicTac containers are quite narrow and some of my trims simply didn’t fit. I solved this by cutting out pieces of cardboard and wrapped the wider trims around them. I pinned down the ends with sewing needles. I wrapped tiny trim scraps around a chopstick instead.

I’m very happy with the result. And as a reward for doing such a good job, I treated myself to some new trims (and some new washi tape) from Etsy… Now I’m just waiting for the delivery.

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Heather L

Holy that is awesome! I need to get me some cute ribbon and a ton of tic tacs because that is so cute. (I have some ribbon but none as cute as yours!) I will remember this forever!

Emiko F

This has to be one of the best tips I’ve ever seen! I need to go buy myself some tic tacs.

Emiko F

You could use a rubber band to hold the ribbon in place on the cardboard.


Love this! I have all my ribbon on a wooden dowel, but it just all unrolls when you go to get a little bit!

Tic Tac Ribbon Storage

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Allyson A. Paquette

I would just like to introduce myself. I have an online business, I sell woven jacquard ribbon. The ribbon is designed by Douglas Paquette and he uses it to make dog collars, flip flops, key chains, headbands and belts. The quality is wonderful and there are many ways the ribbon can be used. I would love it if you looked on my website, Feel free to email me anytime with questions!
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Love this idea!! thanks, i’m having trouble getting the sticky label off the container, any suggestions?


The idea really fascinates me and I can’t resist myself accomplishing it.
Thanks your ideas are simply great:-)


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