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Gift wrapping is just not fun for me, which is kind of weird, because I love adding finishing details to projects and making things look beautiful.
So, why wasn’t I enjoying those things when it came to gift wrapping?
Here’s what I think is going on:
- First of all, it’s a pain to try and find all of the supplies I need. Uh, our house never has tape when I need it! #InvisibleTapeIndeed
- It’s also a nightmare to pull everything out, and then put it away. You have to see our basement to really appreciate this one (where our gift wrapping supplies are stored). But I just can’t bring myself to share pictures of that black hole. Perhaps another time when I’m feeling more adventurous and less mess-conscious?!
So, I was on the hunt for a better way to organize and corral my gift wrapping supplies, and hopefully, start enjoying the process!
I did what I always do when I’m in need of some inspiration…I hit Pinterest.
There are some great ideas on there, but many of them required purchasing special furniture, supplies, or other items. And after taking our daughter back to college for her senior year, decking out her dorm room, and replacing the items that were stolen from her storage unit (nothing says, “welcome back to college” like getting robbed!!), the budget is seriously strained!
So, I rounded up a few supplies that looked promising, and got busy creating a DIY Mobile Gift Wrapping Station!
- A plastic storage container. Any kind will do. Mine happens to be from Sterilite and measures 31″ x 12 1/2.” It’s long and not very tall, which is perfect, because I’m hoping to store it under a bed. It won’t work quite as well if I store it in the hall closet, which is option #2, but we’ll cross that bridge when it appears on the horizon!
- Nuts and bolts. Any size will do. My purpose with this project was to use what we had, so Hubs dove into his stores, and came up with some that worked beautifully!
- Elastic. Any kind, color, etc., will do. I had some in black that was 3/8″ wide. If you have to go out and buy elastic, I think a wider one would work better.
- Smaller plastic storage bins to organize gift wrapping supplies like tags. I found a couple of small ones with clip-on lids. Perfect!
- Wrapping supplies. Especially lots and lots and lots of tape! :0)
The How of the DIY Mobile Gift Wrapping Station
This project was SO easy! It came together in less than 30 minutes! #NowThatsMyKindofDIY
Here’s how we did it (I had a little help from Hubs):
I laid out how I wanted to attach the elastic.
The wrapping paper I’m planning on using this year is higher-quality and the rolls are heavy (they were on clearance after the holiday season a couple of years ago), so I decided to attach the elastic between each roll. You could just attach it on the outsides of the lid if you have heavier elastic or lighter-weight wrapping paper.
*You can also skip these steps all together if your wrapping paper rolls fit inside your storage container.
Measure and mark where the bolts will go. There’s nothing specific here…whatever you think will work for you and the supplies you have on hand!
I tried to evenly space mine, and I’m happy with how it looks.
Layout the elastic how you want it, and cut a tiny slit for the bolt to go through.
Make that slit really tiny. Otherwise, your elastic will pull away from your bolt.
Drill the holes for the bolts.
Put the bolt through the slit you cut in your elastic.
Push or screw in the bolts (my holes were a tiny bit smaller than my bolt, so I had to use the drill to get them through).
Attach the washers to the back of the bolts.
Clearly, this storage container had seen some action before I rescued it from the basement. I think it held some of the kids’ toys (which are now strung all over the basement)!
Organize your wrapping supplies!!
These are the supplies I put in my DIY Mobile Gift Wrapping Station:
- Gift Wrap
- Gift Bags
- Tissue Paper
- Writing Utensils
I put the tissue paper on the bottom of the storage container to help protect it from getting mussed.
I put my scissors, tape, and writing utensils in one of the smaller bins.
And put a bunch of the gift tags that I hand-stamped in the other bin, along with a few accessories.
These smaller bins sit at one end of the larger bin, on top of the tissue paper.
Then I put my ribbon (which I have far too much of) and my hand-stamped gift bags in the open spaces.
You know I can’t let an opportunity to make a checklist go by, right? :0)
So, here is a “Gift Wrapping Supplies Checklist” for your DIY Mobile Gift Wrapping Station (or non-mobile one)!
I put the checklist in a page protector and marked off the supplies I have and made notes about the ones I need!
Download your checklist HERE!
See how easy that is? And it cost me nothing!
And now, I’m actually getting excited to wrap my holiday gifts this year! Because I know where everything is, I can just grab it and move it to where I want to work, and it packs up neatly!
Do you organize your wrapping supplies? I’d love to hear more about the how!
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