Mug Makes! A Wrapping Paper Organizer

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Each year, when the holidays wind down, I am inspired to organize and refresh. I make a mental list of the items I want to tackle and more often than not, I don’t get around to them. Well not this year! Mug is going to make organization easy.

First on my list – I realized I was in need of a better storage solution for the rolls of wrap I had left. 

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One of Mini Mug’s favorite snacks is Pringle’s (or similar, sometimes I can swap out for semi-healthier options without an epic meltdown ensuing) . Sour cream and onion to be exact. I’ve been saving the containers thinking I could do something with them. The lightbulb went off when I saw them lined up and thought “hey, that could work”. 

With a tray made out of foam core I had in my supplies, I created a simple solution I hung inside the closet. Below are the steps and supplies to create one of your own. 

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I used 5 containers for mine because it fit well on my closet door (and because Mini Mug eats A LOT of chips) but you can use as many as you want. 

First you’ll need to cut the bottoms off your chip tubes. Using a craft knife, run it along the edge of the metal bottom. 

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Once the bottoms are removed, wrap them with your paper. What paper you use is up to you. I chose simple white because it matched my foam core, I had it already, and seeing as the wrapping paper is pretty busy, the white seemed like a good choice to me. 

One piece of 8-1/2 x 11 (regular letter sized) paper almost, but not quite, covered the outside. I decided to add one inch strips at the top and bottom to fully cover the packages graphics. 

Your covered tubes will now be hot glued together. I took a strip of my foam core and glued them on that for added stability. 

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To make the tray for the wrap to sit in, mark your foam core as shown below:

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My 15 inch length was determined by how may chip containers I used. I estimated 3 inches per container. So if you are using 4, it would be 12 inches in length. 6 containers would be 18, and so on.

You’ll cut on these lines BUT not all the way through. Just deep enough to reach the foam interior. I find, when working with foam core, the best way to cut it to repeatedly cut lightly. Less chance of slipping and injuring yourself. Plus you get a cleaner cut with more control.

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Once you’ve scored your piece you can fold the foam core on these lines. 

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You’ll remove the 4 squares marked above with X’s and hot glue at your seams.

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Now it’s time to attach the tubes and tray to your wall, or I’m my case inside of the closet door. 

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Mr. Mug’s phone came in handy as a level.

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How far apart they are is dependent on how tall your wrapping paper rolls are but I found about 9 inched.

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When attaching your tubes onto the wall I found that pressing from inside helped avoid denting your containers.

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Now you can insert your paper and get your organization on.

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The true test was opening the closet door…

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And nothing fell over!

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Yay :).

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