That's a Wrap: DIY Storage Ideas for Unruly Wrapping Supplies

That's a Wrap: DIY Storage Ideas for Unruly Wrapping Supplies

Somehow, the closet in our guest room was bestowed the unique honor of being the gift wrap storage center.  It's perfectly suitable for the job but, let's face it, my perpetually sliding stack of paper could use some help.  And don't even get me started on the ribbons which, as a girl barely pushing 5'4", are annoyingly out-of-reach.

I know I'm not the only one with A) a wrapping paper hoarding problem and B) a wrapping paper storage problem.  Fortunately, I've discovered some pretty nifty DIY storage solutions that I think you're all going to love... and possibly geek out about.   

We all know about the plastic storage bins that are made to slide easily under beds, but some of us have platform beds (ahem) and others of us celebrate an insane amount of birthdays and want immediate access to our stash of paper and ribbons (ahem again).  So, plastic bins be gone, bring on the DIY solutions!

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My favorite of the bunch is this wrapping station, which I definitely think could be implemented inside a closet.  It uses nothing more than 1x2's, screw-in hooks, and dowels.  Oh, and budget bonus!  The whole thing costs less than $20.  Check out the full how-to here.

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There's also the ol' clothes hamper-turned-storage-bin idea.  It's a little less at-the-ready than I'd prefer (re: insane amount of birthdays), but I'm not passing it up as an option.  Organization is organization, right?  I've also seen vintage umbrella stands used for this purpose, as well as tall trash cans, etc.  This wicker version even has a no-sew felt pouch for gift tags and uses over-the-door hooks for bags and ribbon.  Clever.

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Since my gift wrap is indeed inside a closet, these clothes hanger ideas seem particularly well-suited for the job.  I mean c'mon, slacks hangers for tissue paper and ribbons?  A shoe organizer for gift tags and supplies?  Skirt hangers for flat paper and gift bags??  We're talking sheer brilliance, people.

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I also love this use of closet ceiling space for storing paper, though it's probably better for people who are significantly taller than myself... or who can be bothered to use a step stool... or who want to use their closets for things other than wrapping paper.  Re-creating a similar solution would be simple, though.  Four anchors and some galvanized wire are all you'd need!

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Of course, what we all really want is a wrapping paper station like this insane one from Country Living.  Anyone have an entire extra room they can dedicate to wrapping gifts?  Yeah, that's what I thought.  Until then, this similar DIY version from Centsational Girl is a definite possibility for small spaces and concealed closets.

So, fellow wrapping paper fiends, what does your storage situation look like right now?  Do any of these possibilities strike your fancy?  If you're already on top of your gift wrap storage, share your own tips and solutions in the comments!

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TammyK on Oct 05, 2013:

I work at a hospital gift shop and all our proceeds go to our volunteer group in forms of grants. We have a very awkward space at our counter. .. if I sent you a picture would you give me a better idea on how to position our wrapping supplies?
Thank you and God bless!

Sandra on Dec 30, 2011:

O wow what brillant ideas! Now to find a place to set it up surely the kids don't really need all that wardrobe space or toy cupborad space do they :) hum maybe they do :(. Maybe  He want notice if I put in one more cupboard??

CapreeK on Mar 10, 2011:

Marissa - Oh man, I'm totally jealous of your grandma!  I have a not-so-secret desire to one day have an entire room dedicated to housing a huge collection of gift wrap and ribbons.  One day... one day, indeed.

Marissa on Mar 10, 2011:

I'm definitely stealing some of these ideas!  My grandmother actually does have a "gift room" full of random goods she acquires through the year for birthdays, christmas, etc.  Especially where its harder for her to bend down and get on ladders, this will be very helpful... thanks for the inspiration! :)

CapreeK on Mar 10, 2011:

Thanks, Ellen!  I like the bottom one, too!  Though I prefer the all-horizontal storage of the first dowel rack, the one from Centsational Girl is better looking.  Maybe we could figure out a combination of the two..?

Ellen on Mar 10, 2011:

The last idea seems the best to me. My parents had all their ribbons on a dowel like that in our basement closet and it just made things so much easier. Even with me messing with it as a kid, it still stayed pretty organized. I love the idea of incorporating the wrapping paper too! I've tried leaning the rolls in the corner but they always escape. Great ideas!

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