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DIY Vertical Wrapping Paper Storage

Create simple DIY wrapping paper storage idea using Ikea's Variera plastic bag dispensers. Get those crazy rolls of gift wrap up off the floor and contained in a tidy system! Click for details on measuring and hanging. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Rein in those misbehaving rolls of gift wrap with this simple and inexpensive vertical wrapping paper storage idea.    Create simple DIY wrapping paper storage idea using Ikea's Variera plastic bag dispensers. Get those crazy rolls of gift wrap up off the floor and contained in a tidy system! Click for details on measuring and hanging. | MakeAndDoCrew.com  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.

Create simple DIY wrapping paper storage idea using Ikea's Variera plastic bag dispensers. Get those crazy rolls of gift wrap up off the floor and contained in a tidy system! Click for details on measuring and hanging. | MakeAndDoCrew.comYikes. 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.

Create simple DIY wrapping paper storage idea using Ikea's Variera plastic bag dispensers. Get those crazy rolls of gift wrap up off the floor and contained in a tidy system! Click for details on measuring and hanging. | MakeAndDoCrew.comVariera is meant for plastic bag storage, but I think an even better alternative is to use them for anything tall and thin (and annoying).

Create simple DIY wrapping paper storage idea using Ikea's Variera plastic bag dispensers. Get those crazy rolls of gift wrap up off the floor and contained in a tidy system! Click for details on measuring and hanging. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

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.

Valiera plastic bag organizers from IKEA
• (2) 1.5″ screws per Valiera
drill (I love ours!)
• measuring tape
level
• pencil

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.”)

Create simple DIY wrapping paper storage idea using Ikea's Variera plastic bag dispensers. Get those crazy rolls of gift wrap up off the floor and contained in a tidy system! Click for details on measuring and hanging. | MakeAndDoCrew.com2. 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.

Create simple DIY wrapping paper storage idea using Ikea's Variera plastic bag dispensers. Get those crazy rolls of gift wrap up off the floor and contained in a tidy system! Click for details on measuring and hanging. | MakeAndDoCrew.com(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.

Create simple DIY wrapping paper storage idea using Ikea's Variera plastic bag dispensers. Get those crazy rolls of gift wrap up off the floor and contained in a tidy system! Click for details on measuring and hanging. | MakeAndDoCrew.comIt’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.

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6 Comments

  • Celeste
    April 1, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Those Ikea organizers are so handy! Right now my wrapping paper is shoved in the back of my closet, so I really need to get control of it! This is a fantastic idea for keeping it all organized!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 5, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Well at least you have it in a closet, Celeste! That’s a start. Mine was literally just heaped in a corner of the room. It really was a surprisingly gratifying project though to tame all those unruly tubes. Now I just need to tame everything else!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Marwa | Enthralling Gumption
    April 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    That’s one awesome IKEA hack, will come handy as I seem to find no place for my overwhelming number of papers.
    Thank you for sharing:)

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 29, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Oh goodness, ALL. THE. PAPER. For spending so much time on the computer, you’d think I’d have a more paperless life. Nope!

      Reply
  • Kelly Prang
    November 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

    ok– I LOVE that large multicolored Waverly-esque paper (floral/paisley) It is the tall roll on the far right of the photo. Do you happen to remember where that is from or what brand it is? I need it!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 18, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Isn’t that such cool paper!? Here’s the thing, lol, it’s some paper that someone had printed out using a plotter (massive printer) to wallpaper their office at an ad agency I worked at like 8 years ago. When they got rid of it, I grabbed it and have been using little bits of it ever since. 🙂

      I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer for you!

      Reply

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