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Of all the items in your craft area, rolls of paper are one of the most difficult to store. Because they are so long and thin it is hard to find a place where they will fit and they easily fall over, unravel, roll around, and get creased.
However, if you can find an unwanted bar stool and turn it upside down, you have found yourself the perfect storage solution. You can hang gift bags on the legs and use one of those bags to hold sticky tape, scissors, cards, and ribbons.
Storing partly used rolls of gift wrap can be a bit of a nuisance. The paper unravels and becomes crumpled. You can end up wasting a lot, or sometimes all, of the remaining paper. An elastic band will hold it together but can cause unsightly creasing. Adhesive tape will also keep it in place but leaves a mark.
A simple solution is to take a cardboard tissue roll middle, or the inner tube of another finished roll of wrapping, and cut along its length. Pop it around the gift wrap to prevent it opening out and spoiling.
I wanted a care free way to display my crafting ribbon and also make it a space saver. Tension rods can also be used to hold clean materials (a towel rod). They can be purchased cheaply and installed by anyone.
With 2 to 3 tension rods, this is the easiest craft supply organization project to do. Tension rods twist up and down to accommodate your space, as long as you have a right and left side to attach to. You simply thread your rod by sliding your ribbon from the end. With your wrapping paper repeat the steps. To apply in place, twist your rod to extend to place between your section. Before you know it you have storage that is a cost saver, space saver, and can be removed to access.
Total Time: minutes
Yield: 2 to 3
Reuse tin foil boxes to store small amounts of leftover wrapping paper. Wax paper boxes can also be used for this purpose.
The best way to store wrapping paper is to unroll it from the cardboard tube and then re-roll it and store it inside the tube.
Here is a new use for my empty 3 liter soda bottle, a frugal rolled paper storage solution. Just remove the bottom.
After years of juggling with my many wrapping and tissue papers, gift bags, and ribbons I designated one of my rarely used pieces of luggage to hold these items. It is easy to take out into a room to wrap gifts too! Everything in one place.
When putting my Christmas wrap, ribbon, bags, etc. away I noticed the rolls wouldn't stay rolled up without the aid of tape (which ruins the paper). I'd just removed a pair of knee high nylons, with a run in one of them.
I use one of those under the bed storage boxes for organizing my gift wrapping. Along with all the wrapping paper (including some I have recycled). I keep scissors and cellophane tape, ribbons, sticky labels and card tags along with birthday cards and a few left over Christmas cards.
Cut open a toilet paper roll and use it a a cuff to save your wrapping paper and keep it from unrolling.
I usually have a lot of left over wrapping paper. It ends up torn or looking pretty ratty, especially since I don't have a lot of storage space. I came across this idea and it is perfect.
I have bought pants hangers from the thrift store and I use them to hang all my wrapping paper that I have received with gifts.
After Christmas, if you take your leftover Christmas wrap off the roll, roll it back up, and place it inside the cardboard holder it will keep better for next year. By Sharon
An economical way to make a bag for storing wrapping paper rolls using discarded curtains.
I use my tall brass umbrella "bucket" to store rolls of wrapping paper. All of my umbrellas are the small, compact type that get lost in the stand, so it works well for storing the wrapping paper.
This year when I wrapped presents, I found a small basket big enough to hold tape, scissors, markers, gift tags and curling ribbon. I set the basket by my side and when I had used an item I put it right back in the basket.
I created a special space for storing tubes of gift wrap and ribbon. I put a shower curtain rod 4 feet up from the floor in my storage closet. Then, using old pantyhose, I put a tube of gift wrap or ribbon in each leg and tie it using ribbon at the top.
We crafters and Moms know that the months fly and we blink and another holiday is upon us. After Christmas gifts have been given, I separate tags, paper, ribbon, and other left-overs into a few categories.
If you don't keep your collapsible chairs in the pouch they came in you can store your rolls of wrapping paper in them. It keeps light and dust from ruining the rolls of paper.
With boxing day sales ahead of me I know I'm going to have a lot of extra wrapping paper that needs to be stored away until next Christmas. I recently saw a gift wrap organizer that hangs in the closet and I thought it was a great idea - except that it cost almost $25.
I found a really neat way to keep your wrapping paper from unraveling, without tearing or spoiling your paper. Use a coated elastic band used to hold ponytails.
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I would like some tips for storing Christmas paper rolls. I hate when the cut end of the roll gets torn and wrinkled and hung up on the others. Then you have to waste a large amount to get to the "good" paper. I know rubber bands help some, but is there something even better? Thanks.
By minnabird from VA
I use the soft hair pony tail holders. They do not tare the paper and you can put on as loose or tight as you like. (05/28/2009)
I use pantyhose. Just drop the wrapping paper tube down the leg and tie a knot at the top. You can even get a few wrapping paper tubes down one leg, depending on the size of the wrapping paper. (05/30/2009)
I cut a small strip of paper off of the roll, wrap it around the roll and tape it. There is nothing to keep track of when you use the roll. Usually, there are always a few strips of paper left over from the wrapping. At Christmas, there are lots of little strips left that would work. It doesn't have to be from the roll itself, any strip of paper that fits around the roll would work. (05/30/2009)
When you use up a roll of paper or even paper towels, save the cardboard core. Cut it length wise and snap it over the good rolls. (05/30/2009)
I use a under the bed storage container to hold my paper. I have two; one for Christmas and one for other occasion type paper. this has worked for me for at least ten years. (05/30/2009)
I buy lots of paper after the holidays are over, so much cheaper, but that leaves me with lots of rolls falling all over themselves. So I finally went to a wrapping station upright box on wheels and it has saved my hoard of wrapping paper!
When I buy several rolls of the same paper I take some time when i get home to roll all that paper onto 1 tube making it into a huge sausage tube. I then place smaller sized rolls of paper into the larger sized paper tubes. The size of my hoard would look like it shrank my 1/2 by combining this way. Then all my sausage tubes get put into my wrap station and rolled into the closet, out of the way.
PS The smaller non-rolled pieces of wrap paper is put into gallon sized zips and placed onto the paper rolls at the top of the station. (05/30/2009)
Use a knee high stocking on each end of the paper, keep that in place with a rubber band. Works for me. (05/30/2009)
I use cut up panty hose. I make lots of "rubber bands" from the legs; use the waist for bigger items, even hair bands. I then store all the rolls in a tall kitchen trash can! Good luck -- lots of good ideas put forth. (05/30/2009)
I usually end up taking the whole lot off the roll and folding the paper up -I find it takes up less storage space this way (05/30/2009)
I also use a plastic container that I bought at Walmart that holds all of my rolls of paper along with the ribbon and keep it stored under the bed. It has kept my paper in pristine condition for at least ten years. I have a lot due to the kids in the neighborhood selling wrapping paper for fund raisers for many years! Thank heavens they have recently changed to candy and nuts for their fund raising. (05/30/2009)
Gals, let me tell you my trick! After any gift giving holiday I watch for the sales. When it gets down to like 75% off, I start buying. Rolls of paper: take off the roll and fold it flat. You remember getting flat wrap in stores, don't you?
Gift bags that I receive and I purchase at thrift stores and garage sales: fold flat. All of this gets stored between my mattresses flat. It cannot get damaged..always there when I need it! I picked up a 4 drawer chest made of cardboard from a thrift shop for $4.99. I put all my ribbon, cards, tape, curling ribbon shredder, scissors and gift tags in the 4 drawers. (05/30/2009)
I slide the paper off the cardboard, put my fingers in one end of the tube of paper and roll it tighter, then slip it back inside the cardboard. I store my tubes of wrapping paper in a 30 gallon garbage container with a garbage bag over the top to keep out dust. I have 2 containers - 1 for Christmas and 1 for other papers. When I need to use the paper I cut the cardboard from one end to the other and slide the paper out the slit. (05/31/2009)
What wonderful ideas I'm going to get going on all of these. I also have the same problem. (08/26/2009)
I also take mine off the roll and fold it. Then it's put into the filing cabinet, lol. I have a drawer for Christmas and then one for birthdays, lol. (11/15/2010)
Buy two under-the-bed storage boxes (Rubbermaid makes them). In one I store misc. gift wrap, bags, cards, tags, ribbons as well as hasty notes. This is my "Year Round Box". In the other, I place Christmas gift wrap, ribbons, bows, cards, tags and a few small ornaments to attach to gifts. This is my "Christmas Box".
In both boxes I also store any gift boxes that fold down to fit.
I live in a condo with limited storage space. When I shove the boxes under my bed, lower my bedskirt... Voila! Extra storage!
Under the bed storage boxes work great for long rolls of gift wrap. Most reusable gift bags will fit in a grocery bag or under the long rolls in the under the bed box.