Rein in those misbehaving rolls of gift wrap with this simple and inexpensive vertical wrapping paper storage idea. I interrupt our regularly scheduled programing to bring you some uncharacteristically ugly photos. You might want to close one eye.
After photographing this DIY wrapping paper storage overhaul and downloading the photos to my computer, I seriously contemplated not posting this tutorial at all.
It’s not so much that I’m worried you’ll judge me for the ugliness (I’m judging right there with you), it’s that I don’t want these photos of my mess and then my cleaned up mess inside a dark closet corrupting the other pretty DIY projects that will live alongside this post.
Oh well, I’m over it. You know why? This vertical wrapping paper organization idea has been such simple and effective game changer for me that I just really want to show you how you can do it too. If that means we have to take a break from carefully honed DIY art and sweet crochet patterns for a sec, so be it.
So. Here is what my wrapping paper looked like before I decided to organize it.
Yikes. Can we just admit that the wrapping paper is honestly the least of my worries in this photo of my craft room? Luckily, I shot this before I started a huge home office overhaul and am happy to report that I no longer have 26 jars of button specimens littering my floor. Now they’re on a shelf. Ha.
It goes without saying that I needed some serious gift wrap storage help because the size of the tubes and the tippy-ness of my basket were obviously not working out.
Enter Variera from IKEA. For $1.99 each, these little plastic wonders can reign in a gift wrap apocalypse so that your little tube soldiers are standing at attention.
Variera is meant for plastic bag storage, but I think an even better alternative is to use them for anything tall and thin (and annoying).
DIY Wrapping Paper Closet Organization Supplies
Although you don’t need any tools to assemble these Valiera bag dispensers, you will need a drill to mount them to your wall. This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you.
1. The space between the two holes for hanging the Valiera is 3.75". So this is the distance apart your screws will need to be on the wall. From each screw to the outside of the container is a little less than 1.5". (This part is key. I overlooked it at first and put all the screws to close to actually fit the containers next to each other. Welp, good thing it’s a closet because now it’s now got a new “ventilation system.”)
2. Use your ruler and level to mark the places where you will place your screws. As noted above, give yourself at least 3-3.5" between each set of two screws.
3. Drill your holes.
4. Using the screwdriver attachment on your drill, screw the screws into the wall.
5. Hang up your Valiera and nestle your wrapping paper rolls, dowels or any other tall, skinny and unruly craft supplies inside.
(Did I mention it's hard to take photos inside a small, dark closet? Well, it's even harder when a three-year-old wants to be in the closet with you.)
Another perk of this easy gift wrap storage system is that it has limited capacity. I’m going to have to think long and hard about that roll of wrapping paper calling my name in the $1.50 bins at Michael’s. Who knows, I might just switch to wrapping everything in gift boxes made from vintage books and let this paper hang peacefully on the wall.
It's worth noting though, each of these holds about seven regular sized wrapping paper tubes. Not bad for $1.99, huh?!
Do you have any good systems for organizing unruly craft and DIY supplies? Seriously, I am all ears. My craft room can use all the good ideas you’ve got.