Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

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Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Gift wrapping supplies are awkward to store, and after you’re done using them, you’re always left with a big mess of unraveled wrapping paper and ribbons. Fortunately, we found a quick and affordable solution to all your gift wrapping woes.

Follow this tutorial to make a present wrapping session that is more organized and stylish all year round!

Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Materials Needed to Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Your Stylish Gift Wrap Station

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Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Before you start, always work outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, like your garage, when you’re spray painting. To protect your surroundings from paint, cover your entire work area with a drop cloth.



Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 1 – Sand the Picture Frame

Sand the picture frame with a sanding sponge or sandpaper to remove any chipped paint and to smooth the frame’s entire surface.

For best results, lightly sand.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 2 – Wipe Down the Frame

Once you’re done sanding, wipe the whole frame down with your tack cloth. Make sure the frame is completely free of any dust or dirt from sanding. This will ensure that your paint adheres properly.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 3 – Spray Paint the Frame

To start painting your frame, shake your can of Rust-Oleum Universal Matte – French Cream spray paint for one minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Then, hold your can 8-12 in. from the frame and spray in a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Spray 2-3 light coats a few minutes apart, then let the frame dry for about 30 minutes.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 4 – Topcoat the Frame

To protect your frame’s paint from wear over time, apply your Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X Clear – Matte spray paint as a topcoat. To apply, first shake your can for one minute after the mixing ball starts rattling. Then, hold the can 10-16 in. away from the frame and apply 2-3 light coats a few minutes apart. Once you’re done applying the topcoat, set the frame aside to dry for 24 hours.

Pro tip: To avoid wrinkling between coats, apply topcoat within 1 hour. If you can’t complete in this time frame, wait 48 hours before applying topcoat.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 5 – Sand the Dowel Rods

Next, you’ll want to lightly sand each dowel rod with sandpaper or a sanding sponge. This will ensure that the paint adheres to the rods and gives you smooth and even coverage. For best results, lightly sand. When you’re done sanding, be sure to wipe down the dowel rods to remove any dust.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 6 – Spray Paint the Dowel Rods

Spray paint each dowel rod with Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic – Aged Copper spray paint, using the same technique you used to spray the frame in Step 3. To make sure you cover the entire rod, spray 2-3 light, even coats on one side of each rod, then wait until the paint is dry to the touch (about 30 minutes) before turning the rod over and spraying the other side.

Once the rods are painted, repeat this step on your tube straps.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 7 – Topcoat the Dowel Rods

Now that the dowel rods and tube straps have dried for about 30 minutes, spray them with 2-3 light coats of Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X Clear – Matte spray paint. Use the same technique you used in Step 4 to topcoat the frame. This will protect the metallic paint from rubbing off.

Set everything aside for 24 hours to dry completely.

Pro tip: To avoid wrinkling between coats, apply topcoat within one hour. If you can’t complete in this time frame, wait 48 hours before applying topcoat.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 8 – Attach the Tube Straps

Once your frame, dowel rods, and tube straps are all completely dry, attach the tube straps to the frame using the included nails and a hammer. Space the straps evenly so that you leave enough room for each roll of wrapping paper. You’ll also want to make sure the straps are lined up on each side.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 9 – Hang the Frame

Attach your picture hanging hardware to the back of the frame, following the directions on the packaging. Then, hang the frame where you want your gift wrap station to be. Make sure you hang it at a comfortable height where you can easily reach the top dowel rod.


Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Step 10 – Add Your Wrapping Paper

Slide rolls of wrapping paper and ribbon spools onto the rods, and then slip the ends of each rod into their respective tube straps. If you’d like to add a stopper to the ends of the rods so that they can’t be pulled out, we found that rubber leg tips work well.

Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station

Create Your Own Gift Wrap Station
For additional storage, add a small organizer with drawers for your tape, scissors, greeting cards, gift tags and everything else you’ll need to take on the holidays.

Happy wrapping with your new gift wrap station.

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