Learn how to turn a regular three tier cart into a holiday gift wrap storage station using everything you already have at home.
One of the questions I get asked most during the holidays is “where do I store my gift wrap?” I wish there was a simple answer I could tell everyone, but it really depends on how much gift wrap you have/plan to use, how big or small your house is, where you wrap your gifts, and how much storage space you have.
So this year I came up with an idea that will work for literally anyone, no matter the size of your home or where you like to wrap gifts. And it uses an item you probably already have…a standard three tier cart. Here’s my quick and easy DIY Gift Wrap Storage Cart tutorial that costs almost nothing to make (and maybe won’t cost you anything at all!).
How To Make A Holiday Gift Wrap Storage Cart For Free (or almost free)
Repurpose A Three Tier Cart
Start by using any kind of rolling three tier cart you have on hand. I have these all over my house for random uses, so I grabbed the one that was holding the least important things.
Don’t worry about the misplaced items, you’ll only be using the cart for the time you’ll be storing gift wrap this December, so you can expect to put it back in its old spot after the holidays.
Related: DIY Rolling Desk Using A Repurposed Three Tier Cart
Use Containers To Divide The Shelves
You will be adding in a lot of different types of gift wrap supplies, so you’ll need some containers to keep them separated. You can use Tupperware containers, drawer organizers, or random containers you aren’t using anywhere else.
You can definitely buy containers for the shelves, but since you’re only using the gift wrap cart temporarily, I suggest just using something you’ve already got.
Give Each Shelf A Category
For my holiday gift wrap storage cart, I use the top shelf to hold holiday cards, pens, scissors, markers, tape, and my Cricut Joy (for making custom gift card holders).
The second shelf held my embellishments like ribbons, bows, gift tags, and other wrapping supplies. And the third shelf held boxes and tissue paper.
Hang Gift Bags
Add a Command hook on the sides of the cart to hold gift bags. If you don’t have any Command hooks and you don’t want to spend any money, you could use an S-Hook from your tool stash in the garage. It would work just as well.
Rig Up A Wrapping Paper Basket
For my cart, I used an over-the-door kitchen cabinet basket I got from Walmart. You can find these in the kitchen aisle where all the kitchen storage stuff is. I just hung the hooks onto the basket, then hung it right onto the back of the cart.
If you don’t want to buy a cabinet door basket, you could hang a sturdy tote bag from an S-hook off the back and put your gift wrap inside it instead.
Decorate Your Cart
If you have a Cricut machine, now is the time to break out the removable vinyl and label your shelves. By using removable vinyl, you can peel it off after the holidays so your cart can go back to its old job.
If you don’t have a Cricut, you can still deck out your cart in holiday cheer using a regular chalk pen. Doodle your labels and snowflakes, and when the holidays are over just wipe off the liquid chalk with a wet paper towel.
Watch The Cart Assembly On Video
If you’re more of a video person, I made an Instagram Reel of exactly how I put together my holiday gift wrap storage cart, and you can watch the video and see my ridiculous facial expressions and dorky llama sweater here.
While you’re there, make sure you follow my IG page, because I’m constantly sharing more quick holiday organization tips in my Stories along with my regular posts and Reels.
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