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.

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

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good holiday party. 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, by the time we get to the cabin for our winter vacation, we’re completely exhausted from all the hustle and bustle.

No matter how hard I try to keep everything organized, it never fails about an hour from the cabin, I start slightly panicking wondering if all the packages have been delivered in time or if we have forgotten anyone.

I normally leave empty totes by the door with tags stating the specific city we’ll be traveling to. That way, the gifts don’t get mixed up in transit or mixed in with the presents that have to be mailed.

Plaid Presents Wrapped in a Dough Bowl for the Holidays-The Crowned Goat

Thankfully, we haven’t had any mishaps over the years.

I can honestly say though 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.

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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 vintage dresser gift wrap station.

How to Create a Gift Wrapping Station from an Old Dresser-The Crowned Goat

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 can’t wait to show you what the inside of the drawers looks like.

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.

Holiday Vignette with Wrapped Presents and Vintage Trophies-The Crowned Goat

Here’s a look at how you can make an easy vintage dresser gift wrap station too…

*This post was updated November 2021

Use a Dresser with Multiple Drawers

Your dresser doesn’t have to be a vintage one but using a dresser with multiple drawers will help you separate and organize all the tools you’ll need for a gift wrap station.

These include:

  • Wrapping Taper
  • Gift Bags
  • Tissue Paper
  • Bag Filler
  • Boxes
  • Gift Tags
  • Embellishments
  • Cards
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Vintage Dresser Wrapping Station-The Crowned Goat

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.

Place Tension Rods Inside Bigger Drawers to Keep Wrapping Paper and Ribbon Organized

The inside of this drawer is about 36 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 dresser to make an easy vintage dresser gift wrap station of your own.

You might even have a dresser you can use at home already!

Adding Wrapping Paper Inside Dresser Drawers-The Crowned Goat

Designate a Drawer Specifically for Ribbon

If you have a Christmas gift closet 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.

Consider Keeping Presents Organized in One of the Drawers

If you like to shop for gifts all year 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.

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 your 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 table surface would be clear to wrap presents whenever you want.

However, if your easy vintage dresser gift wrap station also holds a collection of some sort throughout the year, you might need to look for a large table nearby such as a coffee, entry, or dining table to wrap your presents on.

Depending on the size, style, and location of your dresser, you could also place a portable fold-up table behind the dresser or under your bed to set it up for a marathon gift-wrapping session. That way, the table is easily accessible!

Create an Organization System for Your Wrapped Packages

Keeping your wrapped packages organized can be easily accomplished with a little advanced planning.

You can use a “destination tote or basket system” as I mentioned above even if you’re staying closer to 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.

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.

Take it from me, it would be SO easy to stuff these drawers with all sorts of gift wrapping goodies just for the sake of convenience, you know?

Don’t do that to yourself, ok?

You can keep your easy vintage dresser gift wrap 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.

How to Create an Easy Vintage Dresser Wrapping Station-The Crowned Goat

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 the effort is always worth it.

Tips and Tricks for Creating a Vintate Dresser Wrapping Station-The Crowned Goat

In the end, you’ll be able to spend your time doing the things you love most with the people you love most because 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

Nancy at Adams and Elm Home

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms

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

  5. This is an absolutely FABULOUS idea as I sit staring at a pile of wrinkled wrapping paper, gift tags, and about a yard of ribbon remnants on my office floor! Oh ya, and where is my tape? UGH! You are so darn clever, my friend! Pinning this because I HAVE to do this for next year!

    1. Thank you bunches, Christine! My Mom does this at her house as well. Staying organized is not always easy but it’s definitely worth the effort. Especially, when you’re sending packages here, there, and everywhere this time of year 🤣 Hugs, CoCo

  6. This is the absolute prettiest wrapping station ever!

    With the size if your family this is a must!


    1. Oh my goodness, Cindy, for sure! I was just on the phone with one of my sisters this morning talking about how thankful I was we start buying gifts in the summer. It’s the only way we can keep up 😆 Sending you hugs for a happy holiday season, CoCo

  7. Oh my goodness! I literally have all of my wrapping supplies stuffed under the guest bed with a semi-empty vintage dresser right beside it! This will be next weekend’s project!

    1. That’s so exciting to hear, Susan! Keeping all our supplies in this one area has helped to save us so much money. We don’t buy papers, bags, or ribbons unnecessarily anymore and it feels so good. Bonus, I can always find the tape 🙂 Hope your day has been a special one, CoCo

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