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Wrapping Paper Storage

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1 Hour

Each year, when the holidays wind down, I am inspired to organize and refresh. I make a mental list of the items I want to tackle and more often than not, I don’t get around to them. Well not this year! Mug is going to make organization easy.

First on my list – I realized I was in need of a better storage solution for the rolls of wrap I had left.


One of Mini Mug’s favorite snacks is Pringle’s (or similar, sometimes I can swap out for semi-healthier options without an epic meltdown ensuing) . Sour cream and onion to be exact. I’ve been saving the containers thinking I could do something with them. The lightbulb went off when I saw them lined up and thought “hey, that could work”. 

With a tray made out of foam core I had in my supplies, I created a simple solution I hung inside the closet. Below are the steps and supplies to create one of your own. 

wrapping paper storage

I used 5 containers for mine because it fit well on my closet door (and because Mini Mug eats A LOT of chips) but you can use as many as you want. 

First you’ll need to cut the bottoms off your chip tubes. Using a craft knife, run it along the edge of the metal bottom. 

wrapping paper storage

wrapping paper storage

Once the bottoms are removed, wrap them with your paper. What paper you use is up to you. I chose simple white because it matched my foam core, I had it already, and seeing as the wrapping paper is pretty busy, the white seemed like a good choice to me. 

wrapping paper storage

wrapping paper storage
wrapping paper storage

Your covered tubes will now be hot glued together. I took a strip of my foam core and glued them on that for added stability.

wrapping paper storage

To make the tray for the wrap to sit in, mark your foam core as shown below:

wrapping paper storage

My 15 inch length was determined by how may chip containers I used. I estimated 3 inches per container. So if you are using 4, it would be 12 inches in length. 6 containers would be 18, and so on.

You’ll cut on these lines BUT not all the way through. Just deep enough to reach the foam interior. I find, when working with foam core, the best way to cut it to repeatedly cut lightly. Less chance of slipping and injuring yourself. Plus you get a cleaner cut with more control.

wrapping paper storage

wrapping paper storage

Now it’s time to attach the tubes and tray to your wall, or I’m my case inside of the closet door.

wrapping paper storage

How far apart they are is dependent on how tall your wrapping paper rolls are but I found about 9 inched.

wrapping paper storage

When attaching your tubes onto the wall I found that pressing from inside helped avoid denting your containers.

wrapping paper storage

Now you can insert your paper and get your organization on!

wrapping paper storage
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Jod
    on Jan 9, 2019

    How do you get the grease residue out of the inside? You really can’t wash the grease would transfer to the good wrapping paper.

    • Peggy
      on Jan 16, 2019

      & a long stick to reach every space inside.

  • Anbe
    on Jan 18, 2019

    Why not just use PVC pipe and forget the chip containers?

    • Barb
      on Mar 15, 2019

      It would defeat the purpose of utilizing items which would otherwise be garbage taking up space in already overcrowded landfills! Also it would be far less satisfying.

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      In that order.

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  • Carolyn
    on Feb 4, 2019

    Great idea a great way to recycle containers. We just bought a older home & I want to do this in my craft room. Kudos to you.

    • Mug Makes
      on Feb 4, 2019

      Im so glad you like the idea Carolyn! I’d love to see how it comes out once you’ve completed it. And congrats on your new home :).

  • Dawn Currie
    on Mar 3, 2019

    you could also use additional cans on the bottom leaving the bottoms intact

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