Having wrapping paper on hand can save you money and time when you need to wrap a present. This is guide about organizing and storing wrapping paper so it's in good shape when you need it.
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 use a pillowcase. It fits over a coat-hanger perfectly and holds plenty of rolls as well as ribbon, gift card tags and ready made bows etc.
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.
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.
Reuse tin foil boxes to store small amounts of leftover wrapping paper. Wax paper boxes can also be used for this purpose.
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.
Here is a new use for my empty 3 liter soda bottle, a frugal rolled paper storage solution. Just remove the bottom.
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.
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.
Cut open a toilet paper roll and use it a a cuff to save your wrapping paper and keep it from unrolling.
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
Approximate Time: 15 min with a sewing machine, 30 if sewing by hand
By Ann from Goulais River, Ontario
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.