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Ease the clutter and stay jolly while wrapping all those presents this year with an organized gift wrapping station.

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It’s the season of gift giving and sharing your gratitude with family, co-workers and friends.  We’re just one week away from Christmas. It’s time to start wrapping those gifts!

Shopping for gifts can be fun, but wrapping can be overwhelming, especially if you do it all at once. It can be frustrating to organize oddly shaped gift wrapping supplies. After all, nobody wants their bows and rolls of paper to become damaged or crushed in the process.

Over the years, I have simplified my wrapping techniques and designed a station that is not only cute and fun but keeps me organized. Today I will share ways to ease the clutter and stay jolly while wrapping all those presents making their debut under the tree come Christmas morning.  So grab a cup of cocoa and learn how you can make your own holly jolly gift wrapping station.

What I Used to Create My Gift Wrapping Station

  • Utility Cart (I used this one from Michaels, but you could also use this one from Ikea.)
  • Variera Plastic Bag Dispenser from Ikea
  • Mini baskets
  • 1-3 zip ties
  • 1-3 bamboo skewers
  • Optional: magnets, embellishments

Like most parents, I end up wrapping gifts in my bedroom or kitchen table the night before Christmas. Each year I have a plan to stay organized and on top of things, and for the most part, I succeed. But there has always been a state of disorganization when it comes to the wrapping supplies.

This year I came up with a solution. I chose a cart on wheels so that I could take my station on the go and be able to wrap in any room needed. I love how it turned out!

A Look at My Gift Wrapping Station on Wheels

I divided my gift wrapping station into mini stations, separated by the tiers of the cart and baskets. I attached the wrapping paper to the side of the cart using a few zip ties and a plastic bag dispenser. I have a ton of wrapping paper but chose to simplify and stick to a few in similar colors and patterns this year. It works perfectly and can hold five rolls of paper! The other side of the cart holds paper gift bags.


On the Top Shelf: Miscellaneous Supplies

I have all the various fun supplies and details on the top of the cart. These include gift tags, embellishments, bag filler, tape, pens, scissors and mini decorative clothespins. A bamboo skewer across the basket becomes a simple washi tape dispenser with easy access. I also have a small radio so I can play my Christmas tunes while I wrap. 🙂

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On the Middle Shelf: Ribbon and Bows

The middle of the cart is dedicated to ribbons and bows. I can easily take out the baskets if needed and I have organized it in a way that I can find it all (a much-needed improvement from the bin of clutter they once resided in).

It’s such an improvement to be able to see all of my ribbon at a glance so I know what I have on hand. It makes adding the cute ribbon to the presents a breeze! And having my bows in open baskets on the shelf of my cart protects them from getting crushed. I again used bamboo skewers to organize my ribbon on a roll and I also attached some jingle bells to the cart using a magnetic container–another bonus of a metal cart!

middle shelf tiered cart storage organize gift wrapping supplies ribbon bows

On the Bottom Shelf: Boxes, Gift Bags and Tissue Paper

The bottom shelf holds my boxes, more gift bags and tissue paper. I found the cutest, budget-friendly assortment this season at Target. Kraft paper bags work great too and can be personalized with tags and embellishments.

Read Also: 5 Smart and Resourceful Gift Wrapping Ideas

bottom shelf tiered cart storage organize gift wrapping supplies bags boxes

I couldn’t be any happier with how this little cart came out! It is both functional and cost me less than $40 to make (not including wrapping supplies). The wheels make it a breeze to move from one room to another and it’s small enough to store in a shed or storage unit with all the other holiday decorations, or in a craft closet. I can also modify for year-round wrapping use.

Have fun wrapping those gifts and feel free to share on Instagram using #LifeStorageDIY. We would love to be inspired by your gift wrapping organization ideas, too! Happy holidays!

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About the Author

Laura Destro

Laura Destro is a lifestyle photographer who loves to make DIY decor and holiday crafts. She is also known for her DIY Outdoor Sink, Holiday Mantels and seasonal craft ideas she shares on both her blog www.destrophoto.com and Instagram @destrophoto.

  • Yolanda Morales

    How did you make the lettering in the cart?

    • Laura Destro

      Hi Yolanda,

      I applied lettering to the cart using vinyl and my Cricut machine.

      • Yolanda Morales

        Which type of cutting machine would you recommend at a budget?

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