Gift wrap is a love of mine. I can’t get enough of the stuff. It’s so versatile for creating DIY artwork (like I did here in the foyer), photo backdrops for small arts/crafts stuff for the blog (like the background in my recent recipe), and of course, wrappings presents. I tend to stay away from anything that pigeon holes me into an occasion or holiday, and as usual my penchant for things black and white leads to buy trendy gift wrap when it’s on sale.
I particularly love the gift wrap from Hobby Lobby– that stuff is STURDY and so cheap. Given how many rolls I have and how often I use it, I thought it’d be good to build something to hold it all.
I must give credit where credit is due. I got this idea from a fellow blogger, In My Own Style, who created a photo studio/craft wall of sorts with some frames she DIY’d. I knew I did not want to create my own frames, so I got to hunting some down at the local junktique store.
It didn’t take me long to find this trio of frames for $30. I thought that was a bargain given that moldings would have probably cost me as much, BUT think of all those miter cuts…oy! No thanks!
The smaller ones turned into DIY memo/cork boards, but the big one is now my fancy gift wrap organizer. This project is easy, but it does require some measuring (twice), drilling and being kind of a perfectionist to ensure that it all comes together properly.
-A large frame (mine was a bit bigger than 24×36 inches)
-12 brass cup hooks
–Rub n’ Buff or spray paint
-Cordless Drill w/drill bit
-6 dowels (36 inches long, 1/2 inch thick)
-Level, measuring tape, pencil
Step 1: Paint the Frame
I chose to use Rub n’ Buff in Antique Gold for this project, and I love the outcome, but I must be honest…it took FOR. EVER. to rub this stuff on there. I attempted to use a glove and quickly gave up and just used my finger. Spray paint would work faster, but there is a gorgeous, pearly, high end quality to Rub N’ Buff that I don’t feel comes across in most spray paint finishes.
Here’s the color difference of the original finish versus the Rub n’ Buff.
Step 2: Mark & Drill
Roughly place and mark where you want your dowels to rest. Use a level and a measuring tape to mark the same spot straight across both sides of the frame. Once you’ve measured twice, drill a pilot hole for the c-cup hooks to fit into. Screw the hooks onto the frame.
I also did use Rub n’ Buff on the cup hooks since the gold finish was super different:
Step 3: Dowels & Installation
I used my handy Krylon gold leafing pen to color the edges of the dowels in a pretty gold finish (it’s all about the details, y’all).
After that, I hung the frame using the sawtooth hanger on the back and a sturdy screw to secure it onto the wall into a stud. The gift wrap I have is a smidge heavy, so I wanted this frame to stay on the wall.
Here it is all done and on the wall. I love it oodles!
I opted to put some of my washi tapes on here, along with some tissue paper I didn’t want ruined.
In addition to being functional, it’s also a wee-bit of a decor piece on an otherwise blank wall. I want to wrap all the things!
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What DIY projects have you been working on lately? Do you have a unique way of storing (hoarding) your gift wrap so it doesn’t get ruined?
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