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Make a Paper Organizer for All Your Scrapbook and Wrapping Paper

A paper organizer will save space and your sanity! Try this easy DIY to create a well-organized area for wrapping and scrapbook paper. It looks beautiful and is incredibly functional.

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How to Make a Hanging Organizer for All Your Wrapping Paper 6
How to Make a Hanging Organizer for All Your Wrapping Paper 6

Meet the newest addition to the studio — our DIY paper organizer!

For the longest time, I’ve been wrestling with a basket full of rolled up paper that I use for projects or photo backdrops. The basket looked fine but every time I wanted to work with a sheet of paper, it would be too stuck in a rolled shape to make it work.

(In fact, I literally had to roll all of these papers in reverse for a week and blow them with hot air from my hairdryer to get them to lay flat. Bahaha!)

I really wanted a place to have the paper organized and laid out but couldn’t think of where. And then DUH it hit me — set it up like a paper shop! So we did, and it was incredibly simple.

Why Make a Paper Organizer?

If I had to answer this question in just five words: so you don’t go crazy.

Have you ever done a Google search about how to organize paper? It’s a rabbit hole of ideas and solutions, because apparently organizing wrapping and scrapbook paper is the bane of everyone’s existence.

And to be honest, I don’t disagree. I was so sick of this paper being too rolled up to use, inaccessible, and actually getting damaged.

With this paper organizer, I can see exactly what I have and pull out a sheet to use in just a couple of seconds. Cleanup is equally fast. It’s made my studio process so much easier.

More Organization and Storage Ideas

If you’re into organization and storage, we have lots more ideas for you! We use all of these ideas in our home to keep craft supplies and kids’ supplies tidy and organized.

Materials You’ll Need

You don’t need many supplies to make this paper organizer! It’s also a great introductory project for novice woodworkers or kids.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make a Paper Organizer

  1. Decide how many rungs you’d like on the paper hanger, and how tall you’d like the sides to be. Cut two pieces of the square board to the height that you’d like the hanger. If you don’t have a saw, you can ask them to make the cuts at your local hardware store. Once you’ve decided on how many rungs, spread them evenly on the square boards. Measure the distance that you’ll need between each, and make marks on both boards where you’ll need the holes for the dowels to slide through.
  2. Drill a 3/4″ hole on each mark. This is super easy with a drill press, if you have access to one. If not, use a 3/4″ drill bit and clamp the wood boards down as you drill.
  3. Slide the dowels through the holes so that a ladder shape is formed. Arrange the wood so that the dowels are sticking out an even amount on either side of the wood boards, measuring to be sure. Behind each dowel, insert a screw through the wood square and into the dowel. This will keep the dowels in place on either side.
  4. To hang you can do a few things. You can just screw it right into the wall, or you can attach a flat hook on the back of each side rail and hang those on nails.
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I’m so excited about this project! It means I’ll have so much more access to my supplies and it’ll save me a million headaches.

It also makes for some pretty organization on the wall!

How to Customize The Paper Organizer for Rolled Wrapping Paper

You could also create this paper organizer to hold rolled wrapping paper, and not just wrapping sheets.

To do this, just don’t secure the dowels with the screws. Then they can they can slide in and out to load new rolls.

You’ll need to make it as wide as your longest wrapping paper roll. And to store lots of rolls of paper, add extra rungs on to the ladder. You can make it as tall as you like!

Hope this helps you get your scrapbooking or wrapping paper organized and happy! If you try and like this DIY be sure to rate it below. Have fun!

xoxo

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How to Make a Hanging Organizer for All Your Wrapping Paper 6
How to Make a Hanging Organizer for All Your Wrapping Paper 6

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Make a Paper Organizer for All Your Scrapbook and Wrapping Paper

Yield: Paper Organizer
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $20

Display and organize your wrapping paper and scrapbooking paper with this easy DIY!

Materials

  • 2x2 wood board
  • 3/4" dowels
  • screws
  • wood glue
  • pencil

Tools

  • drill
  • ruler
  • optional: drill press

Instructions

    How to Make a Hanging Organizer for All Your Wrapping Paper 6

    1. Decide how many rungs you'd like on the paper hanger, and how tall you'd like the sides to be. Cut two pieces of the square board to the height that you'd like the hanger. If you don't have a saw, you can ask them to make the cuts at your local hardware store. Once you've decided on how many rungs, spread them evenly on the square boards. Measure the distance that you'll need between each, and make marks on both boards where you'll need the holes for the dowels to slide through.
    2. Drill a 3/4" hole on each mark. This is super easy with a drill press, if you have access to one. If not, use a 3/4" drill bit and clamp the wood boards down as you drill.
    3. Slide the dowels through the holes so that a ladder shape is formed. Arrange the wood so that the dowels are sticking out an even amount on either side of the wood boards, measuring to be sure. Behind each dowel, insert a screw through the wood square and into the dowel. This will keep the dowels in place on either side.
    4. To hang you can do a few things. You can just screw it right into the wall, or you can attach a flat hook on the back of each side rail and hang those on nails.

Notes

You could also create this paper organizer to hold rolled wrapping paper, and not just wrapping sheets.

To do this, just don't secure the dowels with the screws. Then they can they can slide in and out to load new rolls.

You'll need to make it as wide as your longest wrapping paper roll. And to store lots of rolls of paper, add extra rungs on to the ladder. You can make it as tall as you like!

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13 thoughts on “Make a Paper Organizer for All Your Scrapbook and Wrapping Paper

  1. What a brilliant solution to the curled-up wrapping paper problem! And it’s such a fun addition to your studio wall, too. 🙂

  2. This shelf will help me complete my wall with the beautiful wrapping paper I gathered in years. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Love the idea.
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  3. Wow! Such a nice crafting idea! I have a lot of beautiful paper. As I can’t write my essays on it, I’d rather hang it like this and use for further ideas.

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