How to Store Tissue Paper, Bows, and Other Gift Wrap Supplies

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Corral wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and other holiday gift wrapping supplies with these easy storage projects you can finish in a weekend.

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Seasonal Wrapping Station

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A corner in your office, guest bedroom, or kids' playroom can serve as gift wrapping central. Add a table for a flat surface, or an existing desk can do double duty. Put the wall to work with a selection of clear adhesive hooks. They're so unobtrusive they nearly disappear on the wall and come off without a trace.

Secure labels and tags on a clipboard for easy access. Tuck tissue paper in a wire-mesh wall file, and suspend scissors, bags, and wrapping paper rolls, so they're within reach without cluttering the table.

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Repurposed Tools

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For repurposing at its finest, nestle a roll of twine in a stainless-steel cup meant for draining flatware. We found this one at a restaurant supplies store for just a few dollars. Thread one end of the twine through a hole for tangle-free unwinding, measuring, and clipping.

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Party-Paper Storage Hamper

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An ordinary laundry hamper is a great solution for how to store tissue paper, wrapping paper, spools of ribbon, and other supplies. It can be stored in a corner in the off-season. Then, when gift wrapping festivities commence, it can be moved wherever needed. Choose a tall enough hamper to stash gift wrap and still allow the lid to close. S hooks on the rim keep scissors, labels (we slipped ours into a plastic pencil case), and bows from getting lost.

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Top-Shelf Storage

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For those who prefer gift bags and tissue paper, this ultra-efficient gift-wrap storage option is for you. Tucked on a shelf in a bedroom closet, clear containers (a plastic refrigerator bin and a magazine holder set on its spine) organize tissue paper and gift bags. Place bag handles facing out, so they are easy to grab.

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Personalized Crafts Caddy

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If you're the type to put a personal touch on every bag, box, and card, this convenient carryall—loaded with everything you need to dress up presents—is your seasonal essential. Once a wooden wine carrier, its eight compartments now hold stickers, tape, markers, and small boxes in one handy, portable kit. You could also use an old tool or tackle box.

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Out-of-Sight Gift-Wrap Storage

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The sneakiest storage for present particulars just might be a lidded under bed container, which stays out of the way until the moment it's needed. Be sure to buy one that's long enough to hold your favorite rolls of gift wrap (ranging in length from 20 to 36 inches), and slip in a couple of drawer sorters for taming the tumble of tape, tags, and twine.

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Over-the-Door Storage for Gift Wrapping Supplies

Over the door gift wrap storage

Keep your gift wrapping supplies organized in an over-the-door rack to save space while maintaining a pretty and accessible display. Line up spools of ribbon by size or color on the top shelf, and store frequently used tools such as scissors and tape on the middle shelf where they're easy to reach. Drape tissue paper over the bar of a shelf to keep it rumple-free, and store wrapping paper rolls and gift bags on the bottom two shelves.

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Gift Wrapping Station with Storage

Gift wrapping station

Store rolls of wrapping paper easily by fitting tension rods between shelf supports; hang scissors and tape from the shelf with little hooks so they're always easily accessible.

Editor's Note: Simplify your approach to holiday gift wrapping by sticking with a single color palette. Buying wrapping paper in two solid colors and two patterns will give you enough variety to create many different gift looks.

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Gift Wrapping Desk with Hanging Storage

Gift wrapping storage desk

Set up your gift wrapping station at a desk with plenty of drawers and overhead cabinets to make storing supplies easy. Line up spools of brightly colored ribbon on a metal rod so you can quickly select and cut only what you need without getting the ribbon tangled.

Store crinkled paper and premade bows in clear plastic containers that you can hang on the wall, and use hooks to hang small gift bags. Keep scissors, tape, and glue handy, and you're all set for the holidays.

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Wooden Gift Wrapping Supplies Organizer

Wrapping station

Store up to 10 spools of ribbon for gift wrapping in an overhead wooden container mounted on the wall, and keep your rolls of wrapping paper tucked under your desk space with this wooden organizer for gift wrapping supplies.

For the ribbon container, place a fitted rod with the ribbon spools inside the container, and drill holes in the front to thread the ribbon through.

Bonus: The ribbon container can also be used as a handy shelf when mounted on the wall.

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Wrapping-Paper Bucket

Wrapping paper bucket

If you're short on space or don't have time to craft a storage unit for your gift wrapping supplies, a simple cylindrical container will work well. Store up to 10 rolls of wrapping paper in a handy container near where you plan to wrap gifts, then store it in a closet space when you're not using it.

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Simple Gift-Wrap Organizer

Simple gift wrap organizer

Gift wrapping will be easy when you keep your supplies together in plain view. Keep your long and short rolls of wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine at this desk. Store long rolls in a drawer, shorter rolls in a cylindrical container, and the ribbon and twine on an elevated vertical spool.

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Store Gift Wrapping Supplies in Drawers

Gift wrap in drawers

An easy idea for how to store wrapping paper, gift bags, and adhesive bows is to simply put them in drawers. Organize by color, type of wrapping, or occasion; you'll never be on the hunt for the right gift wrapping supplies again.

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Pegboard Gift Wrapping Storage Center

gift wrap station from basic cabinets

Use builder's cabinets to create an elaborate wrapping station. Pick cabinets that have pullout shelves to increase storage capabilities. Install a pegboard above the cabinets, and use S hooks to hang supplies. The countertop provides a flat surface perfect for cutting paper and wrapping presents. This station is great for year-round wrapping.

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Keep Gift Wrapping Supplies Hidden

Hidden gift wrap storage

If you don't have desk space that you want to dedicate to gift wrapping, keep your supplies organized (but still hidden) in this desk storage solution for crafts supplies. Store items you constantly need—markers, tape, scissors, and glue—on top of the desk. Put other things in labeled baskets, and store wrapping paper on its side underneath the desk in the back.

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Gift Wrapping Station from Repurposed Items

fruit basket to desk organizer

Repurpose items to create a personalized wrapping station. Install a divided shelf above a desk. The slots house wrapping paper and cards. On the desk, a three-tier basket holds ribbons, bows, and other small items. Place other specialty wrapping supplies on the desk.

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Pieced-Together Gift Wrapping Station

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Use basic office supplies to create holiday wrapping storage. Use an adjustable shelf unit to hold smaller items, such as writing utensils, scissors, tape, and gift tags. Place a rolling drawer unit under the shelf. Arrange stacking bins and a magazine holder filled with standing wrapping-paper rolls on top of the rolling drawers. Set this unit up in the garage or basement next to your other tools.

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Bonus! Greeting Card Storage

Greeting card storage

If you tend to buy greeting cards with no particular recipient in mind, keep them organized in a hanging file organizer. Store them by type in folders with labels so you can easily select the perfect card to go with your gift when you need it.

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Bonus! Gift-Giving Organizer

Gift giving organizer

Organizing your gift-giving ideas is just as important as managing your gift-wrapping supplies. Keep track of all the essentials (clothing sizes, favorite colors, etc.) in a journal. Label each section with the recipient's name on a tab to make holiday gift-giving a simple task.

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