This is my preferred storage for FUNshops. These are the Gift With Purchase clam shells. (Remember when you order directly from me that with each $30 spent on merchandise gets you a free GWP stamp.) I also used the Crop-a-dile on this one to make a hole in the side of the box, I then thread my ribbon through. This works great for loose ribbon that has been coiled. This is an Earth friendly option- recycling those plastic cases. You can also use larger clam shells and fill them with ribbon.
Next is pretty and functional-
On my shelves I store ribbon two ways- in a large jar, and also in a clear paint can. The jar holds ribbon that has been wrapped around round wooden clothes pins. You can get up to 5 yards of ribbon on one clothespin.
The paint can has a wider opening at the top and allows me to store my ribbon on those huge spools. (See a huge spool in the bottom of the paint can?) LOL I also throw in the small pieces that are too small to wrap around the clothespins.
And lastly, this is my more functional option-This is one basket on my Elfa wall System. I have four of these baskets. Most of my spool ribbon fits perfectly in these baskets. I just thread the ribbon through the front, then I can easily pull off the desired amount of ribbon, or pull the entire spool out to take to another work station. These baskets line the wall above my counter, as I am cutting my papers, and picking my ink colors I can see all of my ribbon options.