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November 2, 2011

A Portable Gift Wrap Station: 3 Simple Ideas

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to do Christmas posts for an ENTIRE YEAR! And I know Halloween is barely over but I just can't wait any longer.   I have an inspiration board full of envelopes, receipts, and grocery lists full of ideas that would come to me and I would scribble them down before I forgot them. Now I get to put them into fun posts over the next few months.

I am a bit giddy about it. 

So what better way to kick off my Christmasy stuff then a post about getting organized with all our pretty holiday wrapping supplies?  I, for one, feel absolutely ready to conquer ANYTHING when I get organized.  So I came up 3 ideas using what I have around the house and I am so excited to share them with you wonderful friends!
Number 1:  Market Cart
I found this cutie at a yard sale.  This fun find was needing some major TLC.  I bought him for $5 bucks and after some sanding, a fresh coat of spray paint with a kind of undefinable color that I totally adore (called Catalina Mist) it's got a fresher look! I even wrapped the handle with some thick, comfy yarn (until I can make a fabric handle) for more simple character.  I love how roomy it is for all my wrapping paper and supplies.  I thought another great find would be one of those small vintage wire grocery carts for storage.  That would be cuuuuute!
I rigged a little dowel rod for twine and ribbon in the middle.
One end holds scissors, tape, and some other ribbon...
...the other side has some washi tape and a little bucket full of tags.
The white bucket holds tissue paper, bags and other wrapping supplies.

I absolutely love my little portable wrapping cart and it has a nice little home in my craft room!
Number 2: Shallow Metal Wire Basket
Obviously, not everyone has a wheeled market cart.  So I came up with a more attainable idea. This basket is from IKEA and is actually one of the powder coated steel basket drawers.  But you can buy them separately and use one of these as a nice wrapping caddy to stow under a bed or at the bottom of a closet until you need it.
Just thread your trusty dowel through the holes to keep your ribbon and twine handy and all your other essentials are at arms reach. And with the basket being shallow, you can see everything at a glance.

Number 3: White Wastebasket
Simple is sometimes best.  Just pile your wrapping gear in an inexpensive white wire waste basket and you are all set! Use a dowel standing up on end for your ribbon and twine.
Throw in a little pencil case with scissors, tape, and some tags.  There you go!  Simple and perfect to stow in the corner out of the way.

Now that we have ideas to get organized, I will be back tomorrow or the next with some pretty packaging ideas. I can't WAIT to share them with you! I can't promise to post every day.  But I promise to share as many ideas as I can with you.  This is going to be fun...I just know it!

Merry Hugs!

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  1. Oh What a Fabulous idea... I LOVE LOVE LOVE it..... If I were closer I know where I would be going to get my Gifts wrapped... : )

  2. Your a genious! Thats why i love your blog and look forward to every post you write! You inspire me and i love it! Great job girl! can't wait for more:)

  3. This is awesome! I have no gift wrapping station & my supplies are always strung out all over the house! I love this idea!

  4. VERY excited about Christmas - I'll be watching closely!! Thanks

    LOVE IT!!!! i am collecting washi tape as we speak and twine! this is just a wonderful creation! you are absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! hugs...

  6. absolutely genius - perfect- adorable ! i will feature it on my french blog tomorrow !

  7. Oh I love it-it would be wonderful to have such basket to hold what I need to make gifts ready.

  8. what a lovely post! the pictures and text, I loved reading about this! you are very clever, I WANT A LITTLE MARKET CART! xx

  9. super cute ideas! I can't wait to see more over the next few months :)
    hugs tereza

  10. Hello AWESOME!

    STICKER for you and pinning for me ;)

  11. I excited to see the rest of your ideas! I love how bright you photos are too!

  12. Such a great it! I'm your newest follower stopping by from the 36th Ave. blog party. I hope you'll get a chance to stop by my blog & follow along too!

  13. Absolutely cute, great, sweeeet, love it!!!!!!!!!



  14. Something I can do! I have one of those shopping baskets... where did you get the multi colored string? Love that! If I ever get better, I will have to do this, after everything else piled up!

  15. This is the best idea! I love how organized it is, I'm for sure going to try and copy cat you!

  16. This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing!

    {found it on Pinterest!}

  17. So I am not sure if I should admit this but I peeked at this yesterday & didn't have time to comment & guess what you had me buying today! GIFT WRAP! I am soooo a wait until after Thanksgiving (at least I pretend to be) & There I was November THIRD buying wrapping paper. Now if only I could actually make a wrapping station that wouldn't become a "sword headquarters." Some year.... :) Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  18. LOVE this!! So creative...thanks for sharing!


  19. Awesome idea, however, with all my giftwrap I'd need about 6 or 8 market carts for Christmas wrap! Now, Wonder where I can store them?? LOL....

  20. I love your portable gift wrap station. Absolutely darling.

  21. you know you're going to be hired on to Martha Stewart's team, right! you are too clever!!
    and I love you bunches!!

  22. I love this, it's so handy and so cute!!
    xox dana
    stop by the wonder forest

  23. This is genius! My supplies are always so disorganized...even when I'm in the process of wrapping. Hubby always laughs at me because I'll start yelling, "Where's the tape? What? Where'd it go? I so just had it!" I'd love for you to link this here:

  24. You are very creative! The Market Cart Gift Wrap station is just what I need! Do you think the cart is big enough to store gift bags in also? I really need to find me a cart soon. I'd love for you to stop by my blog and say hello if you get a minute.

  25. I love this!! I have been browsing around your blog for a few HOURS now. lol So cute! Your newest follower, and I can't wait to see what you will do next!

    denotechristy at yahoo dot com

  26. I love (and want) that market cart!! What a creative use for it!! And the others as well!!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!!

  27. Ok so I pinned it and am making it a feature from last weeks party!!
    And I'm your newest follower!! Yay!

  28. hello hello hello...adorable! i have a cart that has been waiting for some inspiration and i believe this is it.;D
    i have a little blog where i just spotlight all the creativity out there and would love to direct people to this tutorial this week. i was wondering if it would be ok if i used your top picture from this post. you can check out my blog at and make sure i'm legit if you want.;D if you could let me know by monday night that would be fabulous.
    thanks a bunch! you are awesomely talented.:D and our infertility on almost. my biological came before my foster/adopt.:D

  29. I love this idea! All my wrapping bits get squashed in a box and because of not having anywhere for them to go I am put off buying rolls of paper. I end up taking the rest off the roll and folding it up to then squash it in the box! Gggrrr

  30. Best idea I could find on the internet! This station will accomodate the supplies of ALL shapes and sizes, which otherwise is impossible to achieve. I don't want to buy wrapping paper that fits my organizer, but instead want to organize all my favorite wrapping paper.
    Thank you very much for sharing this!

  31. I came upon your blog as I was browsing the net, looking for a much cheaper alternative to the Elfa organizer. These were some awesome ideas, and I thank you so much for sharing!

  32. super cute the re-purpose creations. Great photo's too!!

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