Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I've been so excited for today to come... it's Thrifty Chicks day!!

If you're new, on the second Wednesday of each month a group of us (aka the thrifty chicks) get together for an upcycling challenge project! This month's challenge is small furniture upcycles!

I'll share my project and then you'll be able to check out everyone else's projects!

I've had this project in the back of my mind for seriously... a couple of years now!! I've seen several different versions on Pinterest and with this challenge, I finally got the chance to create my version!

I think 2020 is going to be my year for organization. This will be my first project to get myself organized 😀

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage
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I'm also super excited about this month's challenge because we have a new member of our Thrifty Chicks group!

Please welcome Kathleen from Our Hopeful Home! As a self-described thrifty DIY home decor enthusiast, she will fit right into our group! Welcome Kathleen, we are glad to have you!!

Here are some basic supplies you'll need to make your own.

Supplies You'll Need to Make Your Own
  • Wooden Bar Stool
  • Spray Paint (in the color of your choice)
  • Small Swivel Caster Wheels (make sure they swivel!)
  • Short Screws
  • Fabric for Bags
  • Ribbon for Bag Hangers
  • Velcro for Bag Hangers

I picked up this plain wood bar stool at the thrift store quite some time ago for this project. It was just $4.99!

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I decided to use this "Brite Blue" spray paint that I already had.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

To get started, sand down the stool a little bit and clean it up, then give it a coat of your chosen paint color.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

To make this little caddy easy to move around, let's add swivel casters!

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Mark and predrill the holes for each wheel.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

It feels a little weird to be adding the wheels to the seat of the stool but once it's flipped over it'll be perfect!

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Here it is with the new paint and wheels.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I wanted some little storage bags on my gift wrap center so I found this large bag in my stash and decided to cut it up to make smaller bags.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I cut the bag in half so it was shorter and then stitched two straight seams side-by-side down the center of that to create two smaller bags. Once I had the two seams I just cut down the center between them.

You could use an old pillowcase or any fabric of your choice really!

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I boxed the bottoms of each little bag but it would be fine not to.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Make little hangers with the ribbon and velcro.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Measure how far down you want your bags to hang and cut a piece of the bias tape (or ribbon). Hem each end.


Add the ribbon and a square of the velcro with the bag sandwiched in between and stitch around the edge and then in an 'x' pattern. Then add the other piece of the velcro to the other end of the ribbon sewing in the same way.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Loop the ribbons over the rungs of the stool like so.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I was able to get three little bags out of my one big bag.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I cut a circle of drawer liner so that the wrapping paper tubes wouldn't slide around too much.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Now it's time to load this sucker up!! Here is my previous mess... I had wrapping paper in the plastic storage bin, bags and bows in the two bags, and every time I was ready to start I had to hunt down some tape and scissors!😡

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I made a little loop with some of the leftover bag fabric and velcro to hang my scissors from.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

One bag holds bows.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

One holds the folded paper that doesn't come on a roll.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

One holds scraps of wrapping paper.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

Tags, tape, a ribbon shredder, etc. are also in this bag.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

A larger gift bag holds other gift bags and hangs over one of the legs of the stool.

Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage

I love how this turned out, it's going to be so handy to have everything in one place! And I can just roll it to whichever room I'm working from!

Now, it's time to check out the other thrifty chicks' projects!!
  1. Sheila from Audrey Would! - Kids Vintage Campstool Makeover
  2. Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces - A Winter Vignette and a Simple Makeover Project
  3. Lora from Lora B. Create & Ponder - Easy Stapled DIY Feedsack Mini Stool
  4. Tuula from Color me Thrifty - Decoupaged Table Makeover with Stamps
  5. Tania from Little Vintage Cottage - That's Me!
  6. Kathleen from Our Hopeful Home - French Provincial Table Makeover
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Upcycled Stool Gift Wrap Storage