Ok, so here’s the skinny when it comes to me and gift wrap storage: For years and years, I have stored our meager selection of gift wrap rolls in the box from our vacuum cleaner. No really, I have!
And while it’s worked pretty well, I have one complaint- I can’t see my gift wrap choices unless I dump it all out! I’ve wanted to change up my wrapping paper storage system for a while, and I’m finally, FINALLY getting to it now. And besides, I’m addicted to DIY! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
The first time I saw this was a spread in Flea Market Style Magazine, as blogged about by 2 Little Hooligans. It’s completely GENIUS and I had to try my version of it. I found the perfect kitchen stool- plain, blonde, partially broken (but who cares?!)- at my local Habitat ReStore.
The missing chunk of seat (how does that happen anyway?) didn’t phase me- and in true Sadie style, I had to paint it to seal out its old life.
A splashy turquoise worked wonders! Don’t look too closely, though- I barely had enough paint to finish the job.
And then…the big flip! This sucker is going upside-down!
Now, to make some storage bags. Santa brought me a sewing machine for Christmas– hurray!- so I was able to whip out a few little bags. My sewing machine skills are just a hair above “no skills”, so I kept it basic-basic-basic.
I used a couple of cheery pillowcases that I had in my stash of linens to create various sizes of storage bags to hang on the rungs of my stool.
Once the bags were made, I stitched on some double-sided Velcro for easy rung-hanging.
I made long bags- perfect for tissue paper, spools of ribbon, bows, and smaller gift bags.
And I made shorter bags to hold gift tags, pens, tape, etc.
So here it is- all assembled and ready to go. Does it hold everything? No, I still have a bin to hold leftover supplies. But it DOES allow me to recycle that 6-year-old Dyson box…AND I can see my wrapping paper without a flashlight or a mess!