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Easy Vintage Dresser Gift Wrap Station

Today, we’re excited to feature our easy vintage dresser gift wrap station as we join fellow bloggers to share creative ideas that will make your holiday gift wrapping simple and organized. A special thank you to, Nancy of Adams and Elm Home, for hosting this annual event.

Can you guys believe Christmas is in less than a month? I know! It totally blows my mind too.

For the past ten years, we’ve spent nearly every day in the weeks leading up to Christmas traveling to seven different cities – sometimes twice – to try and make Christmas work for everyone.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good holiday party and I’m never going to turn down the chance to make cookies with my sisters or the littles. But I’m not even going to lie to you guys, by the time we got to the cabin for our winter vacation, we were totally exhausted from all the hustle and bustle.

No matter how hard I tried to keep everything organized with our gift list printable and gift wrapping system (I leave empty totes by the door with tags that state the specific city we’ll be traveling to so the gifts don’t get mixed up in transit or mixed in with the presents that have to be mailed) it never failed about an hour from the cabin, I would start slightly panicking wondering if all the packages had been delivered in time or if we had forgotten anyone.

Thankfully, we haven’t had any mishaps over the years, but I can honestly say when you have a big family or a lot of presents to buy being organized throughout the year and especially vigilant during the holiday season is a huge time saver in the end.

If you can relate to a lot of extra traveling over the  holidays or you’re tired of looking for the tape as you wrap gifts at midnight to create a magical Christmas experience for your friends and family – I’m going to let you in on our secret weapon.

This is our easy gift-wrapping station.

Now I know this looks like any old vintage dresser and at one time it did belong to my Granny. But hear me out because I want to show you what it looks like inside these drawers. Creating a gift-wrapping station like this will help you stay organized for any special occasion all. year. long. no matter what the season or event.

Here’s a look at how you can make a vintage dresser inspired gift-wrapping station too…

Tip 1: Use a Dresser (it doesn’t necessarily have to be vintage one) with Multiple Drawers – Using a dresser with multiple drawers will help you separate and organize all the tools you’ll need for gift-wrapping. These include:

  • Wrapping Taper
  • Gift Bags
  • Tissue Paper
  • Bag Filler
  • Boxes
  • Gift Tags
  • Embellishments
  • Cards
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Tip 2: Customize Smaller Drawers with Baskets or Trays – Customizing smaller drawers with baskets or trays will instantly let you see what supplies you have and what supplies you’re running low on. Organization containers like these don’t have to be expensive at all. I picked these up at the dollar store.

Tip 3: Place Tension Rods Inside Bigger Drawers to Keep Wrapping Paper and Ribbon Organized – The inside of this drawer is 36 about inches long, a roll of typical wrapping paper is about 30 inches long which means a medium size tension rod is a perfect fit to keep our wrapping paper and ribbon organized.

Keep measurements like these in mind when you’re looking for a vintage dresser to make a wrapping paper station of your own. You might even have a dresser you can use at home already!

Tip 4: Designate a Drawer Specifically for Ribbon – If you use a Christmas Gift Closet system or love to use lots of pretty ribbon on your packages you might want to consider designating an entire drawer specifically for ribbon. You can also use tension rods to organize your ribbon or use small craft boxes like these to keep everything tidy and at the ready.


Tip 5: Consider Keeping Presents Organized in One of the Drawers – If you like to shop for gifts all year or if you really start picking up presents after Labor Day and you need a place to store them, consider keeping the presents in one of the drawers.

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the presents that come from Santa’s workshop. I’m talking about the presents you find for teachers, friends, coworkers or neighbors.

Tip 6: Use the Top of the Dresser, a Nearby Coffee or Entry Table or a Portable Table as a Present Wrapping Surface – After you have all your supplies organized in your easy vintage dresser gift-wrap station, you’ll need a place to wrap your packages.

If you’re gift wrapping station is in your craft room, laundry room, spare bedroom or office, it won’t be hiding in plain sight like this one which means the surface would be clear to wrap presents whenever you want.

However, if your gift-wrapping station also holds your collection of vintage horse trophies throughout the year (me too, wink wink), you might need to look for a large table nearby such as a coffee table in front of the Christmas tree or a long entry table to wrap your presents on.

Depending on the size and style of your dresser, you could also place a portable fold up table behind the dresser and set it up if a marathon gift wrapping session is more your jam. Obviously, this idea would work best if your dresser is on wheels, so you can easily access your portable table.

Tip 7: Create an Organization System for Your Wrapped Packages – Keeping your wrapped packages organized is a fairly simple thing with a little advanced planning. For example, you can use a “destination tote or basket system” like I mentioned earlier even if you’re staying at home for the holidays.

For example, if you exchange gifts with your extended family at your Granny’s house then your tote and tag would say Granny’s house. If you give out teachers’ gifts all at once, your tote and tag would list the name of your kid’s school.

If you don’t want to use separate totes or baskets to keep wrapped gifts organized, you can assign each destination or family a specific color paper or ribbon. For example, if your holiday colors are red, black and white consider using red paper for immediate family, black paper for extended family, and white paper for friends, neighbors, teachers and coworkers.

Tip 8: Keep Your Gift-Wrapping Station Organized, Maintained and Clutter Free Throughout the Year – Keep in mind, packaging takes up a lot of extra space so as you bring home new items make sure you take the time to decant your supplies as you put them away.

You guys, it would be SO easy to stuff these drawers with all sorts of gift wrapping goodies or random items like mail just for the convenience of it, you know what I mean?

Don’t do that to yourself, ok?

You can keep your gift-wrapping station organized, maintained and clutter free with very little effort. I’m talking 15 minutes a month or less, if you’re diligent about putting your gift-wrapping tools and supplies back where they belong every. time. you. use. them.

I hope these 8 tips for creating an easy gift wrap station have helped! I know staying organized isn’t always easy especially during the holidays when things get really busy.

While it does take a bit of extra effort to be organized during all the hustle and bustle the effort is always worth it. In the end, you’ll be able to spend your time doing the things you love most with the people you love most and that’s what the holiday season is all about!

Don’t forget to stop by these creative ladies and see what gift wrapping-ideas they have in store for you as well!

Susie from The Chelsea Project

Coco from The Crowned Goat

Nancy at Adams and Elm Home


KariAnn from Thistlewood Farm

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share a simple way to dress up any package or place setting. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Some super tips here! That #3 hit me right in my chaotically organized wrapping paper heart. Love your vintage chest, too. I’ll PM you my address….you know….just in case you want to surprise me for Christmas. 🙂 Happy Happy Holidays!! ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Thanks so much, Susie! I’m glad you’ll be able to use the tension rods. We’re using the medium and the smaller sized ones right now and they’re both working out well. I know there will be a lot of pretty paper on sale after the holidays so it will be fun to have an organized spot to put everything in. Hugs, CoCo

  2. This is so genius! I am going to create this in my home. I have a basement workshop space I want to “make my own” and this would be a perfect addition. Thanks for the great tips on how to put one together!


    1. So happy you’ll be able to use this, Nancy! I tell ya there is nothing like creating functional spaces that are pretty too. I’ll be working on my garage while you’re working on your basement so we’ll have to swap tips. Thanks so much for putting this blog hop together. Hugs, CoCo

  3. The tension rods are a genius idea Coco. I have a dresser I can use to organize my gift wrap in the garage right now. Thanks for the easy tips. Hope you and S had a Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Glad you were able to use this idea Bonnie! I’m on a mission to make my entire house completely functional and beautiful so there will be more projects like this coming up next year. Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too, CoCo

  4. I am mind blown! Why had I not though of that?! And as luck would have it, I just picked up a cintage dresser at an auction. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

    1. So glad you’ll be able to use this idea, Susanne! It was so easy to put together and the tension rods aren’t very expensive at all which means more money for pretty ribbon and paper 🙂 Hope you’re having a fabulous holiday season, CoCo

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