Friday, July 29, 2016

How to make a DIY wrapping paper station (for cheap!)

Hey there! We've had a busy week soaking up some summer activities…our time off is coming to a close soon. This week alone we visited the Indy Children's Museum, explored downtown, saw a movie and took a trip to Kings Island. Such a blast but I'm ready to relax a bit today! (If you are interested in visiting our fun city, check out this post and this one for my tips and our favorite places.) 

I'm back today with a quick and easy project that I finished up in the loft last week. I'm pretty excited about it! Last time I shared this space I had this empty space above the window seat
window seat with pillows

I've known all along exactly what I wanted to put there -- a gift wrap station. :) I'm all about form and function and I knew this would be cute and serve a purpose in this space. 

I hardly spent anything on this because I used old trim from this room for the frame. You can definitely put this directly on the wall but I wanted to make a little bit more of a statement and I had the trim anyway. 

I had plenty of wall space but didn't want it to go too low -- that corner is already my favorite spot on the window seat and I didn't want to worry about hitting my head. :) Turns out you can fit quite a few rolls in a small space. I ended up with 24 inches tall by about 34 wide: 
how to make a wrapping paper holder

Most gift wrap is 30 inches wide but Christmas wrapping is sometimes wider so that will just depend on your needs. 

I nailed the trim directly on the planks and then cleaned it up -- putty for the corners and holes and a couple coats of semi gloss paint: 
wrapping paper station on wall

The next part was super easy. I picked up some dowel rods in the 3/8 size (again, any size will do, just make sure they don't bow with the weight of the paper): 
dowel rods for wrapping paper holder

And a couple packages of gold cup hooks
hooks for wrapping paper

Make sure your rods will fit in the hooks! Mine were 7/8 inches so it worked perfect. 

I did some trial and error to decide on the layout -- I knew I wanted six up there so I measured out every 3.5 inches. I held my measuring tape up and marked those distances down the length of the trim, making sure each one was in the middle: 
how to make your own wrapping paper station

Make sure you do the exact same measurements on the other side. Then you've got yourself a super cute display that functions great as well: 
wrapping paper storage for wall

OH I just love it!! So cute! Of course I got it up and decided I needed a few new rolls of paper to make it even cuter. :) I couldn't resist. 

I love the pops of color against the white wall. I'm starting to love how everything kind of "sings" against white. I don't think all white would ever happen in our house but I can tell I'm going to like it in this space: 
DIY wrapping paper storage

To access the paper I can either pull the wrapping out from the wall and cut it where it is, or it's easy to take them down. I will probably just take them down when I need them. 

All in all this was only a $10 project since I had the trim, and as I mentioned, that's optional anyway. 
DIY wrapping paper holder

Not gonna lie, I'm already thinking about how cute it will look with Christmas paper! :) 

There you go -- a simple, inexpensive project that you can adjust to your needs. I absolutely love mine and am happy I was able to put that space to use. 

Have a great weekend my friends! :) 

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10 comments:

  1. Love how it turned out. Cute and functional.

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  2. So pretty and practical! It looks like wall art. Love it!

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  3. If this is in your loft, can you see the wrapping paper from your living room? Just curious...

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    1. Just a bit of it but you'd really have to look.

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  4. You know anything wrapping has my heart...this looks so happy here! If only I could pare my hoard down to only a few rolls, but alas - Marie Kondo said it it sparks joy it can stay ;) #PrettyPaperForevah This space is looking so freaking awesome and you're not even done yet!!

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  5. This is really cute, functional and easy. I have an unfinished part of our basement with the studs exposed. I have all "the stuff" but this would be so easy to hang up on the wall. Heading to Depot this weekend! thanks! I never thought to get my wood dowels at depot.. cheaper than Michaels I'm guessing. Laura notatrophywife.com

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  6. Love the bright and cheerful colors and how they pop off of all that crisp white trim! Looks like a great place to craft to me!

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