Dana Hedinger, who pins photos of her gift wrap and craft areas on her scrapbooking board, tucked her gift wrap station inside the closet of her craft room. This closet offers the perfect dimensions for storing rolls of wrapping paper, and boasts room on the interior side walls for rolls of ribbon. The table’s top provides plenty of space to wrap while drawers beneath store the essentials, plus her scrapbooking stuff. “Stop by IKEA and grab a couple of these drawers -- they make it easy to store well over 50 rolls of 40” wrapping paper, all your tissue paper, and plenty of gift bags -- all without sacrificing style and functionality,” she says.
Check out Dana’s craft room and wrap station on her Pinterest board.
Out-of-Sight Space Saver
Jamie, who runs the blog mysweetnest.com, took an over-the-door rack and used it to create a space-saving wrap station. The rack’s shelves help to keep supplies -- even greeting cards -- neatly sorted for quick and pretty wrap jobs.
Jamie suggests organizing your wrapping supplies by grouping similar items on the same shelf. Cheap glass containers are perfect for storing tape, scissors, and gift tags. Try hanging sheets of tissue paper over a shelf’s edge. Dedicate a shelf to ribbon and line rolls up so they’re easy to unwind and snip.
Get more details at mysweetnestblog.com.
Upside-Down Storage Solution
We never would have thought an upside-down stool could store wrapping supplies, but it does a pretty good job of it. Rolls of paper stand nicely inside the legs of the stool while fabric pockets, tied to the outside legs, offer plenty of room for tape, scissors, bows, and accessories. Tissue paper finds a home on rungs uncovered by the fabric attachments.
See the step-by-step tutorial at 2littlehooligans.com.
Halsey, who blogs at spunkyjunky.blogspot.com, unwrapped a genius idea for storing ribbon that costs next to nothing and makes bows and binds a breeze. All you need is a slotted storage container fitted with a lengthwise dowel. Arrange rolls of ribbon on the dowel and thread ends through the container’s holes for neat and unfettered tethering.
Halsey recommends using different sized bins for sorting your ribbon based on size and elasticity. Get more details at spunkyjunky.blogspot.com.
Work of Art Wrap Station
Alissa, who blogs at 33shadesofgreen.com, created this wall-mounted design using an open-back frame and café rods. Want a perfect match? Spray-paint your materials to coordinate with your room’s color scheme.
Check out the how-to for this wall rack at 33shadesofgreen.com.
Closet Door Storage Solution
Cassie, who blogs at hisugarplum.blogspot.com, took advantage of a shelving sale to stock up on behind-the-door pieces that helped wrangle her gift wrapping supplies to one central place. The green magnetic strip holds small containers for tags and scraps of ribbon, along with a list of the year’s important dates and birthday reminders. Find the printable on her blog).
Cassie suggests narrowing your collection of wrapping supplies to just the essentials. That means it’s time to throw out all those wrinkled and torn pieces of leftover tissue paper. Get more details on Cassie’s Closet Door Station at hisugarplum.blogspot.com.
Sofa Table Station
Lindsay, who blogs at thepleatedpoppy.com, chose a wrapping station that easily blends in with her home décor. A lack of closet space and a surplus of creativity helped seed the idea of using a sofa table to store gift wrap supplies. Three drawers store ribbons, tags, scissors, tissue paper and other necessities while vintage luggage, stylishly propped, hide rolls of paper and gift boxes.
Lindsey keeps all of her supplies in this spot, even the scissors, tape, and pens that normally migrate to other areas of the house. Having a specific set of those items, just for gift wrapping, keeps her from wasting time looking for them. Her go-to wrapping tip: Fancy up inexpensive wrapping paper with colored yarn, and for a finishing touch, add a big bow or a few fluffy pompoms.
Find out more at thepleatedpoppy.com.
DIY Behind-the-Door Space Saver
Here’s another space-saving station that keeps supplies behind closed doors, but this one is completely DIY and budget-friendly. Sarah, who blogs at repeatcrafterme.com, put together this station, which holds 5 rolls of paper, features a rack for tissue paper, and hooks to hang bags and bows. Ribbon stackers are made from dowel rods and Styrofoam circles. There are also boxes for greeting cards and jars filled with confetti and other decorations.
Sarah says your year-round stock should include rolls of wrapping paper you’ll need on a regular basis, something neutral, birthday wrap, and a couple of seasonal designs. Always have tape and scissors within arm’s reach. And don’t forget cards. Keeping an ongoing file saves you from rushing to the drug store for each and every occasion.
Get the supply list and step-by-step for Sarah’s DIY gift wrap station at repeatcrafterme.com.