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Gift Wrap Station | Recycled Crafts

Gift Wrap Station

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

This ribbon dispenser makes it a cinch to decorate holiday gifts. Plus, it doubles as a convenient storage place for wrapping paper scraps, gift tags, and tape.


  • Shoe or boot box with a cover
  • Gift wrap scraps
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • Glue or tape
  • Wooden dowel (3/8 inch wide and cut 2 inches longer than the width of the box)
  • Rubber bands


  1. Decorate the outside of the box by gluing or taping pieces of festive gift wrap to the surface.
  2. Next, make matching holes in opposite sides of the box to fit the dowel (a parent's job). Insert the dowel through one hole partway into the box, then slide on reels of decorating ribbon and push the dowel end out the opposite hole.
  3. Wrap a rubber band around each end of the dowel to keep it from sliding back through, if needed. Now make holes in the box front and thread the ribbon ends through them.