DIY Gift Wrap Cart

It's time again for Themed Furniture Makeover Day and the spotlight is on Storage & Organization.  With the holidays right around the corner, who doesn't want to get a jump start organizing?  

One of my biggest organizing challenges during the holidays is gift wrap.  I'm embarrassed to admit I have all my tissue paper, ribbon, bows, tags and wrapping paper shoved haphazardly into a tub .  Every year, I promise to get it together and until now it hasn't happened.  

When  Crates and Pallet invited me to be part of their Sawdust & Snow holiday storage campaign, I giddily accepted because I had the perfect project in mind.

Although Crates and Pallet supplied the crates for this project, all opinions are always my own. 

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COURTESY OF HOMEDECORATORS.COM

I've been admiring this gift wrap cart from Home Decorators but the price tag was a little more than I wanted to spend on gift wrap organizing.  Using the two crates from Crate and Pallet, I knew Triple Threat could build me a less-expensive custom version.

We decided to use pine panels so the gift wrap cart would be solid and sturdy. Using the dimensions of the crates (18 in. x 12.5 in. x 9.5 in) to determine how wide and deep to build the cart, Triple Threat started by cutting out the bottom piece of the cart bottom. 

The next step was to cut the cart sides. Triple Threat joined all the pieces of the cart with rabbets (L-shaped grooves at the end of a board) and dados (U-shaped grooves in the middle of a board), to eliminate the need for any kind of fasteners. No nails, no screws, and no holes!

After cutting the sides and the back pieces, the crates fit perfectly inside the box. 

Another view from the top of the cart. Check out all that storage space!

After making sure all the pieces fit perfectly, Triple Threat used wood glue to assemble the cart together. He had to work fast gluing two sides, two backs, a bottom and two shelves before the quick drying glue began to set.

To hold the ribbon rolls, Triple Threat came up with a simple and clever way to hold the dowel rods. By cutting deep groves in support blocks, the rod can be easily removed to add ribbon and won't pop out during normal use.

Now that's a perfect fitting dado!

I'm pretty sure Triple Threat's version of this gift wrap cart is built better than the original. Using solid pine versus MDF and no fasteners to be found, it's not only pretty but built to last a lifetime.

After deciding on a gold and navy color scheme, I painted the crates and the body of the cart with General Finishes Coastal Blue.  I used this gold stripe wrapping paper from Home Goods to decoupage the fronts of the crates. 

After gluing the paper across the entire front of the crate, I waited for it to dry and then sanded the excess paper off the edges with a piece of 80# sandpaper.

The sides were begging for some attention, so I painted a few metallic espresso stripes to coordinate with the fronts of the crates.

These label holder pulls from D. Lawless Hardware were leftover from my industrial apothecary cart project and were exactly what the front of the crates needed to dress them up!

Since the gift wrap cart needed to be mobile, we added 2" blue swivel casters from Harbor Freight. They were a steal at $2.69 each!

Finally, my gift wrap has storage galore. Those crates hold an enormous amount of bows, tissue paper and gift bags!

There is abundant space for gift wrap rolls.  I have eleven in this picture and could fit many more! {Oh happy day! }

The tray top is a great place to write gift tags and keep tape, markers and scissors.

If I could still do a cartwheel, you better believe I'd be doing one now.  I am giddy and smitten with my custom gift wrap cart.  Now, I can wrap my presents in high style {Sorry, I couldn't resist.}  

If you love this cart, I need your help to win the Ryobi Nation Sawdust and Snow contest!  It would mean so much to me if you would VOTE for me here!  

Crates and Pallet is giving away a $50 Home Depot card to one lucky reader and I hope it's YOU! Giveaway open to US residents, age 18 and older.  Contest runs November 19 - November 23, 2015.  Winner will be verified and notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond.

There's lots more storage and organizing inspiration from my blogger friends so I hope you have a look at a few more projects!