After the craft room, the ultimate luxury is a gift wrapping room. I shared the feeling. I used to wrap gifts for my business. So I am well aware of the needs to quickly wrap gifts with a stunning look.
I saw two stories on magazines about this topic lately. In its October issue, Canadian House & Home talks about less stressful and simpler it is when you got everything on hand.
Martha Stewart Living shows something more elaborate, in the typical Martha way. What I like about Martha’s craft room is that the design makes good use of the attic space.
Canadian House and Home gives tips that anybody can do in their own house or apartment. I mixed my own views for the best tips and tricks on how to live enjoyable gift wrapping sessions.
1 | Make a reserve of wrapping supplies
The first rule is to keep coordinated supplies on stock. Having several paper rolls, tissue papers, ribbons, bows, gifts bags, gift tags and greeting cards eliminate the need to rush to the store ever time you want to give a gift.
Look in your area; I know that some gift wrapping distributors have a shop where companies and sometimes individuals can buy wholesale their products. There is often a minimum $100 order. But you can create your own signature gift wrap. By mixing ribbon colors and sizes, you craft several versions of your look. They can even teach you how to make your own bows out of ribbons.
Do not neglect embellishments. I like to enhance the look with decorative fruits, leaves, tiny ornaments beads or charms. Keep several style of strings and rolls of colorful raffia ribbons that you mix with or use instead of fabric ribbons.
2 | Best storage solutions for gift wrap and tissue
You can slide rolls of gift wrap and sheets onto wall-mounted curtain rods or dowels. An umbrella stand or a high basket neatly contains gift wrap rolls. A retractable long shelf or a drawer can keep them flat. You can design several low rises on a cabinet; one for each occasion or paper style.
Tissue paper even more than wrapping paper will benefit from laying flat. I always try to plan a flat surface for them. Use cartons to separate the colors and easily grab the ones you need.
3 | The art of dividing
You can see that both styles of cabinets put a lot of emphasis in diving large shelves and drawers so everything is well-organized. You can buy systems or ask a carpenter to create the separators.
You do not need to go custom build if your budget does not allow it. I have seen great results with a readymade cabinet. Just personalize the interiors to meet your needs. The one I am showing you what taken from an episode of Sarah’s House TV show.
Read the two magazines for more tips. I hope these beautiful pictures inspired you to make your own gift wrapping station, whether is it in a linen closet, a bookcase or a whole room.
Learn more: October 2007 issue of Canadian House and Home magazine
Learn more: A creative refuge published on Martha Living Issue – September 2007 issue and online
Learn more: Den and Home Office from Sarah’s House on HGTV.ca