Sunday, September 26, 2010

Guest Blogger - Budget Wise Home - Wrapping Station

Hi, my name is Heidi Smith from Budget Wise Home.

I'm so happy to be guest posting today. My blog is all about decorating your home on a budget. I post a new budget decorating tip M-F and find you new budget home decor items each week. My goal is to help you realize that you can create a beautiful home on a very tight budget.

$20.00 Wrapping Station

I'm so excited to show you guys this project. It only took me one day to do and cost me just under $20.00! It has been the perfect solution for keeping all my wallpaper, wrapping paper, and ribbon neat and organized.

Here are the supplies you need to do make this:
1. Screw-In Hooks
2. One piece of 1 x 2 wood, cut to size
3. Wooden Dowels
4. White Spray Paint
5. 4 Screws & 4 Dry Wall Anchors
6. Drill

I bought one box of these hooks and spray painted them white. I'm not a big fan of the gold, but that's all the hardware store had.

I also spray painted these wooden dowels white. These were longer than what I needed, so I cut them down with our saw once they were dry. I got these at Home Depot for about $1.40 each. If you don't have a saw, just figure out your measurements beforehand and ask someone at the store to cut them for you.

I bought this 8 ft. piece of MDF and had them cut it in half for me. You need two equal size pieces. I liked this piece over the unfinished wood because it was really straight and even. It comes already white like this, so I didn't need to use spray paint here.

Drill one hole at each end of the board, about 1 inch in from both the top and bottom. Your screws will go in these holes and atttach to the wall. Then drill holes about 4 inches apart down the rest of the board for the hooks.

To attach to the wall, drill your holes in the wall and then hammer in the dry-wall anchors. Put the board on top and attach one screw at both the top and bottom of each piece. My husband helped me attach this to the wall, making sure both pieces were level and even.

Screw the hooks into each hole.

Here are my freshly painted white dowels.

Just put your paper and ribbon through the dowels and set each one into the hooks. Easy does it!

It's so nice to finally have an organized and functional home for all this stuff. I just smile every time I look at it.
If you can drill a hole, then you can easily do this! And you can't beat the price tag on this one either.

Happy Wrapping!

Here are a few more of my projects over at my blog.

Bedroom Dresser Transformation

Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Foam Core Bulletin Boards

Thanks for having me today! I hope you'll hop on over to check out Budget Wise Home.

Thanks Heidi! I'm wishing I had a wall for a wrapping station right now. How convenient and useful! My ribbon needs a home like that! And thank you for all the fun tips and ideas on Budget Wise Home. I love posts that help me think outside the box and this clock post definitely does that! I am a budget home junkie! Visit Budget Wise Home today!

Linking to: Funky Junk - Saturday Nite Special, Tatertots and Jello - Weekend Round-up, Under The Table And Dreaming., Show and Tell - Be Different, Act Normal


  1. LOVE the wrapping station! Seems like a much better solution than my box that is shoved under the bed :-)

  2. Great idea! I was just trying to figure out my "ribbon problem" the other day. Thanks for the help!

  3. Ok, I sooo need one of those!! And that embroidery hoop clothespin wreath, I NEED that too!! You could so paint those black and orange for Halloween or red and green for Christmas. Pink and red for Valentines.. I could do this all day. :-)

    ~ The Speckled Dog

  4. Love the wrapping station! What a clever idea!

  5. Love the embroidery wreath! Thanks so much for featuring this!

  6. I gave you an award over at my Birthday blog Michelle!

  7. This is a great, and inexpensive idea! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a great wrapping station! Easy to use and make.

  9. I love this idea! Now, if I only had the wall space for it.

  10. A great idea. I've been thinking about doing this for my overflowing supply of ribbon but gift wrap too is what I'm thinking now. What I like is the paper stays in good condition, is easy to see, and doesn't take up a lot of room.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Pam @ Becolorful

  11. I love that wrapping station! I need something like that!

  12. Love, love, love that wrapping paper rack!! Been looking for something like that! Can't wait to make it.

  13. I love this! Thanks so much for the fabulous how-to, I'll be linking.

  14. This is great! I have some trim left over from another project and it's about this length and I had no idea what to use it for. I figured out what I'll be doing! Thank you so much!

  15. Great idea! Now I just need to find enough wall sapce to accomodate all of my rolls of paper and ribbon!

  16. Thanks so much for the idea. I've been looking for something such as this, but could not come up with an easy way to do it! My rack will only contain ribbon, so I would not make it quite as wide. Also, to dress it up just a tad, I would add wooden balls to the ends of the dowels. (like you can find at craft stores.) This would also help keep the rods from accidentally sliding off of the hooks.

  17. Wow! This is a fabulous wrapping station on the cheap! I'm gonna go over and check out her other projects too.

  18. I love the idea of your wrapping station!! But It would have to be a lot bigger to work with the rolls of paper and ribbon I have here. One of these days I will have to admit to the world that I am a paper and ribbon hoarder. LOL!

  19. Wow I am constantly tripping over my stupid wrapping paper, and it's always getting ripped up and stuff. Great solution! I'll incorporate it once I am in a house. :)

  20. Love that wrapping station!

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  21. That wreath is so cute! Thanks for linking up to Show and Tell Saturday!

  22. Found your blog through links. Love it!
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  23. Love it - you make it look so easy too (which I love even more!)

  24. I tried this project last weekend! I posted it on my blog.

  25. Love your ingenious ideas! Very inspiring. Time to get rid of those $1 bags where I keep my wrapping papers... Your posts make me smile.
    Claudia from FrenchCountry

  26. I LOVED your wrapping station and featured it here. So clever!


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