How to Make a Holiday Supply Storage Hamper

Two Methods:Find the Perfect Storage SystemDesigning

Tired of opening the closet door only to be assaulted by rolls of gift wrapping and other supplies? Having trouble finding a home for gift wrap supplies and find that many of your supplies end up damaged or missing as a result? A simple solution can help you maintain supplies throughout the year and eliminate the typical headaches associated with putting together the perfect package.

Method 1
Find the Perfect Storage System

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    Select a hamper to hold your wrapping paper. Choose one that is tall enough to hold your longest roll of wrapping paper that has a removable lid.
    • If you select a wicker hamper, but sure it has a fabric lining (to avoid having pieces inside drop out between the cracks or from tearing the paper).
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    • Test drive the hamper before purchasing it by placing a few gift wrap rolls inside and placing the lid on top. If you can comfortably fit the rolls and top the hamper, the device may work well.
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    • Examine the sides of the hamper to determine if you can add over the top hangers (over the door hangers that require no drilling or installation). The hangers will become part of your gift wrap storage system.
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    Look for hamper portability. If you like to wrap gifts in various rooms of your home you will need a hamper that travels easily or one that has handles. You may also want a hamper that is light weight so you can pick it up and carry it from room to room without any trouble.
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    Consider how you will store the storage system. Before you purchase the hamper think about how it will be integrated into your home or current storage system. Do you have a place for the hamper or can you make room in your home to accommodate it?

Method 2
Designing

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    Add gift wrap rolls to the hamper. In some cases, if you want to divide the wrapping paper based on season/occasion you could create a divider system using twine.
    • Measure the length and width of the hamper. You will be cutting pieces of twine to divide the hamper either in half or into fourths.
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    • Cut twine to accommodate the measurements. Depending on how you plan to divide the hamper cut enough string to create your organizational pockets. You could divide it in half by cutting one string and attaching it lengthwise or you could divide it into fourths by cutting two strings and attaching to the length and width of the hamper.
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    • Tie the ends of the string to the woven part of the hamper or, if your basket is not made from thatched material, attach using a staple gun or hot glue.
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    Hang one or more hooks around the outside of the bag. The hooks could hold bags of gift tags, bows or other items needed for gift wrapping.
    • Purchase plastic hooks at a bath and home store or even many superstore retailers will carry them.
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    • Use school supply pencil cases to store tags and items. Many cases come with pre-designed holes (to fit into binders) so you can either loop a string through the holes and attach to the hooks or, if the holes are large enough hang from the hooks directly.
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Tips

  • Take advantage of post-holiday gift wrap sales. You will most likely have enough room in your gift wrap hamper—now you can stock up and store the wrapping paper away until next year with ease.
  • Use an outside pocket or bag to store leftover wrapping paper scraps or smaller pieces that are too small to go inside the hamper.

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