Weekend Project: Budget-Friendly DIY Gift Wrap Station

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Save time and money by turning a regular cart with our quick and easy DIY gift wrap station.

You may be wondering if it’s necessary to have your own gift wrap station, and our answer is clearly yes. OK, not to be biased, but a gift wrap station can save you plenty of time and money from going back and forth to the store and from wrapping a last-minute birthday gift or even on Christmas Eve! We’re pretty sure you don’t want running around the store grabbing whatever gift wrap and tape is on the shelf.

A DIY gift wrap station is a fun activity that’ll organize all your gift wrapping papers, tapes, ribbons, scissors, and everything you need to make that box of bathroom scale look pleasing. Plus, you don’t actually need to spend a lot to create one. Most of the time, you don’t have to spend at all, especially if you have unused containers and a cart you can repurpose or maybe an old sturdy file cabinet you can reuse.

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DIY Gift Wrap Station Steps

STEP 1: The key to our DIY gift wrap station is to find a place where you can store all the items you need, so it doesn’t matter if it’s in a cart or a box under your bed as long as it’s convenient for you, and you can easily grab it when you need it. Here are some suggestions on where you can store your gift wrap:

  • Dedicate a section of your home office or craft room
  • Use a spare closet as your gift wrap station
  • Utilize the walls by installing paper rolls and pegboard
  • Roll it around your house with a cart
  • Create a gift wrap station in a box and store it under your bed or inside your closet

STEP 2: Declutter and clean out old gift wrapping papers and tools. Throw out those old paper rolls with only a few inches left (except if you can still use it wrapping tiny gifts). Get rid of gift wrapping papers that are out of style, torn, wrinkled, or simply you don’t like. Hey, it’s your gift wrap station, so you can do whatever you want. You can donate these old gift wrap or reuse them as a book cover or shred it and use it to fill gift baskets & bags.

Going through the piles of your old gift wraps will give you an idea of the items you need to replace and buy, like replacing dull scissors or buying rolls of tapes.

STEP 3: This is our favorite part of our DIY gift wrap station: stocking up! Yes, for you to be fully prepared for last-minute gifts, you need to stock up on your gift wrap supplies. Buy the items or supplies you need to help you become prepared for a few last-minute Christmas or birthday gifts. Here are some items you may want to add to your list:

  • Colored Tissue Paper
  • Gift Bags for Various Holidays and in Various Sizes
  • Gift Boxes
  • Gift Card Boxes
  • Gift Tags
  • Marker or Pen or Pencil
  • Ribbon
  • Sharp Scissors
  • String or Baker’s Twine
  • Tape
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Wrapping Paper

Consider buying gift wrap that pairs well with other items. Not all cute gift wrap or wrapping paper looks good together. Sometimes, the colors or styles contradict each other, which leaves you a total waste of money and time. The best option is to go neutral with your gift wrap supplies or choose colors that complement each other, like red and green or white and gold.

STEP 4: Now that you have everything you need, arrange your supplies by color and size. It’ll help you easily find items you need, especially if you’re in a rush. Arrange gift bags from smallest to the largest size, and organize your gift tags by colors. We know, it sounds like we’re neat freaks, but trust us, it’ll make a huge difference.

DIY Gift Wrap Station

STEP 5: Another important step in our DIY gift wrap station is to organize everything by type, such as placing gift tags together in a box, arranging ribbons in a roller, and placing gift wrap rolls in a container. You can find containers at the dollar store to store all of these items, and to make your gift wrap station look neat and organized.

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