Thursday, September 17, 2015

How To Store Wrapping Paper

For those times when one's beloved craft room becomes a bedroom for a child who needs his own space, which means finding a new home for all your crap.


The complete, terribly dull saga is a tale for another time.

For now? Just the wrapping paper. And why nobody needs this much where to put it.

It was late one night that an idea popped into my mind. The kind of idea that festers and compels you to act immediately. In this case had I waited even 24 hours, there would be nothing to store, for the next morning was the house full o' water "situation".

Not only are guardian angels real, they also have a deep respect for craft supplies.


In the old craft room, the rolls were corralled in a thrift store whatsit wood thing. Because floor space is at a premium here, we needed to go vertical.

A $3 piece of wood, held up by 2 L-brackets screwed into studs, runs the length of the wall. We ladies know how every inch counts.

 

Scraps are drilled into the side, reinforced with a few finish nails hammered in at an angle on the inside. A leftover piece of molding is nailed onto the front as a guardrail to prevent any jumpers.



Of course you will take the time to countersink and spackle and paint so that everything looks-you know- professional.

My style is more of a leave it as-is indefinitely because it was June when it was finished and the white paint is in the garage and it's hot out there. Now here it is in September and find myself not caring if it stays like this forever because I've already gone completely blind to it.



12 comments:

  1. That, is a thing of beauty. You've even colour graded the paper which gives me a tingly feeling. Show us how you've stored the rest of your crap!

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    1. It's coming, it's coming! It took a ridiculous amount of purging {understatement}, but it worked. In the meantime, enjoy your tingling - and weekend! Happy Friday!!!

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  2. that is a thing of beauty. heart palpitations over here!!

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    1. HAHA! Crap being organized and out of the way is always a beautiful thing!!

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  3. This is GENIUS! You would not believe the contraption that my husband and I concocted to corral my enormous collection of wrapping paper. This makes so much more sense! I can’t wait to implement it! thanks for the great idea!!!

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    1. I would love to see it!! It's probably way more genius than this. I'm more of a "hey, there are some brackets...maybe we could use those" type than anything fancy and - you know - DESIGNED.

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  4. You knocked it out of the park with that idea! I can't say we don't have a lot of wrapping paper, we do, but it's stored at the top of the attic stairs. I wrap most gifts in the same paper, because when the paint your own pottery studio I worked for closed, they gave me a huge roll of paper. when I say huge, I mean it! That baby is probably about 10" across, it's double sided too. One side is black and white polka dots the other is checkered. I love that stuff and it's going to last for ever!
    Now my craft room is a whole other story. I need to do some serious purging in there and get things in order. Will love to see what other ideas you have for storing craft supplies.
    Thanks for another wonderful post!

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    1. What a great parting gift!! Polka dots and checks will see you through any possible occasion. I could get by on waaaaaay less, but when there are 25 cent rolls on clearance in the Target dollar spot, I can't say no! :) My husband gave me grief when he saw them all together, but was quickly reminded that the whole lot couldn't have cost more than $30. So much less than just one of his silly video games.

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  5. Love it! I have one of these (not trying to plug my blog, just don't know how else to show the picture):http://turtlesandtails.blogspot.ca/2012/08/paper-facelift.html

    It looks neat and tidy but I actually have too many rolls to hang. I think I might incorporate your idea into my next one (we're moving in a few weeks).

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    1. I love it!! But I feel your pain: how could one ever just manage with just a few rolls? I mean, it could be done, but at what price to your soul? ;) Considering most of these were 50 cents to $1, the dowel would end up costing more than the paper itself. Let me know when the 2.0 version is done - I'd love to see the evolution!

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