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!
Your Stylish Gift Wrap Station
- Used wooden frame (ours was a thrift-store find)
- Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X Clear – Matte
- Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic – Aged Copper
- Rust-Oleum Universal Matte – French Cream
- Tube straps
- Picture hanging hardware
- Round dowel rods
- Tack cloth
- Latex gloves
- Sanding sponge
- Respirator mask
- Drop cloth
- Rubber leg tips – optional
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.