February 24, 2011

A Mini Gift Wrap Station

Did you know that there are people out there who have entire rooms devoted to gift wrap?  I'm not making this up.  I don't know about you, but I don't have any extra rooms.  Or closets.  Or for that matter, square footage at all.


Our gift wrap station is the bottom drawer of our bedroom dresser, because that drawer is broken and can't hold the weight of our clothing. If you don't have a wonky pain-in-the-butt drawer that falls off its tracks every time you put a pair of jeans in it, you could create a gift wrap station in an under-bed storage bin, or cabinet in the laundry room, or just a section of one of your closets.


I lined the drawer with some pretty green shelf paper I already had and I cut and painted a strip of plywood to go the length of the drawer to act as a divider to keep the rolls of wrapping paper from rolling around. 

I bought what I think was probably once a knick-knack shelf from the local thrift store for fifty cents, painted it black and laid it flat in the drawer to hold all my little supplies like bows, tags, tape and stamps.


I keep cards in a basket and ribbons in a repurposed bread pan.

Gift bags are gently bent in half (not creased!) and placed in a wire letter sorting rack (which I also purchased at a thrift store for fifty cents)

I find that wrapping gifts is so much more fun when you have everything you need right at your fingertips!


Some tips for keeping a neat and tidy gift wrap station:
  • Don't keep every gift bag you come across.  Only keep ones that you personally would have bought and are still in perfect condition.  I used to keep every gift bag we were given, but eventually I had to come to terms with the fact that we would never use a dozen wrinkled gift bags with pictures of kittens on them.
  • Arrange everything so that you can see it.  Rummaging through piles of supplies is bound to damage them over time, but also cause you to leave the station untidy when you are in a hurry.
  • Make it pretty.  Pretty spaces are so much easier to keep clean!

How do you store your gift wrapping supplies?

8 comments:

  1. Great organizing of your gift wrapping. I agree, pretty spaces are much easier to keep clean.
    DaNita

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  2. Its perfectly organized. Great job!!

    Toni :)

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  3. This is great! No extra room in my house either so I have a box under our bed. It could totally use some work though so I've been inspired by yours!

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  4. This post gave me a great idea for a new gift wrap storage spot! I currently have it in one of those large zippered bags made for gift wrap (to be stored under a bed--mine is in a closet), but it's such a hassle when I need to get it out.

    Another great tip is to just buy plain brown paper bags or single colored bags that can work for numerous events--change up the tissue paper, etc. as needed.

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  5. I like your idea of folding over the gift bags so that they fit nicely in your drawer. I also like how you have card storage in your drawer as well.

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  6. What a great idea. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

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  7. I love this idea! I just moved a dresser to my loft/craft area and this will be perfect to store my wrapping/cards. It will be so much easier than trying to dig it out of the closet in the basement. Sometimes I buy new just so I don't have to go through the hassle! Thanks for the great idea!

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  8. Pretty spaces are easier to keep clean. So that's why you painted the wood board and lined with paper. At first I was thinking that was hidden away in a drawer so I would never do that. But then I have a really messy house. Maybe that's one way I've gone wrong! Thanks for sharing!

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