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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Wrapping Taper
- Gift Bags
- Tissue Paper
- Bag Filler
- Gift Tags
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!
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.
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.
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!
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