Truth be told, I’m a straight sucker for anything that is beautifully gift wrapped! You could wrap me up a red solo cup in the most fabulous wrapping paper with the most amazing bow and it magically becomes the MOST gorgeous red solo cup I’ve ever seen. As a matter of fact, I painfully admit that I’m one of those girls who opens each gift as if she’s about to set off a bomb, carefully trying to salvage the paper remnants and bow. I’ve always been this way! Perhaps it’s an illness…and this is where you should begin to feel sorry for me. 😉 Reflecting back to my bridal shower (over 20 years ago) I cringe when I think of just how long I made my poor guests suffer through watching me slowly open each gift at a sloth’s pace. Sorry, family and friends, if you are reading this. Sadly, I’m still just as bad.
Gift Wrapping In Your Laundry Room
A gift wrapping station in your laundry room? Yes!!!! It’s the perfect spot! This project doesn’t require much space and it’s just too good to pass up! Check it out below:
Hang Your Shelving
You can find pre-cut shelving and wood brackets at your local hardware store. However, if you’re feeling handy and you want to go with a more “customized” look, make your gift wrapping station yourself! I used 1″ thick by 12″ deep and 8′ long kiln dried square edge paintable wood. Utilizing every square inch of space possible I cut the board’s length down to better fit the length of my wall. Then I secured the center and two ends with decorative brackets. *Useful tip* It’s smartest to pre-paint your pieces after you’ve cut them down to size. Once you’ve secured them to the wall you can go back and make touch-ups.
Add Your Dowels
I purchased 6 dowels and cut them down to the length between each bracket.
Right now I have two full shelves that host these gorgeous antique wooden catalog drawers. They provide plenty of storage for all of my gift wrapping essentials that I want to keep away from little fingers like my expensive scrapbooking paper, paper punches, paper-cutter, gift bags, tissue paper, label maker, gift tags, glue gun, glue sticks, etc…
Wrapping Paper & Bows
There are six wooden dowels secured to the bottom shelf’s decorative brackets. Need more storage for wrapping paper and ribbon? Eliminate a row of storage drawers and use the top shelf’s decorative brackets to secure more dowels. Four of my dowels are displaying wrapping paper. The middle dowel to the right is holding all of my most favorite ribbon. The bottom right dowel is my catch-all dowel. This one holds all the loose ribbon I come across… most likely secured to a gift that I (embarrassingly) just couldn’t part with. 😉
This old 16″ deep console makes the perfect wrapping table. I love how it’s narrow and doesn’t take up any valuable laundry room space. Its open shelves host four leather buckets. They store supplies that are both for wrapping gifts and crafting with my kids, like crayons, scissors, clear tape, washi tape, glue sticks, paper embellishments, stickers, glitter, paints, paint brushes, and various paper products.
I sorted and stored my markers according to size and thickness in these glass canisters from The Container Store. They have a silicone gasket which creates an airtight seal, keeping my markers from drying out too soon. I love how they add a pretty (and organized) pop of color next to my fresh aloe plant. 😉
My gift wrapping station could not be any easier. It doesn’t require much workspace, yet hosts plenty of storage for all of your gift wrapping essentials. The hanging wrapping paper and spools of ribbon makes gift wrapping a cinch. The open overhead shelving allows me to store items out of reach from little fingers, while the lower storage buckets allows me to share crafting essentials with my kids.
I hope I have inspired you to find that perfect spot in your home for your own gift wrapping station. Whether you are able to implement all of my ideas or just a few, one thing is for sure: this super organized gift wrapping station makes gift wrapping much more exciting! Happy gift wrapping!