DIY: wrapping paper organizer

diy wrapping paper organizer using soup cans and scrap wood

So it’s coming up on the two year mark since we moved from Utah to San Diego; I figured I’ve run out of excuses as to why the garage is a wasteland of stuff [mostly MY crafting, decorating stuff].  One of many eyesores has been a large cardboard box stuffed with all my wrapping paper.  I decided to use what I have on hand and make something simple to store the rolls of paper I had.


  • soup cans
  • scrap wood
  • all purpose glue
  • spray paint [optional]
  • picture hangers
  • Dremmel or metal snips
  • fine grit sandpaper [not pictured]

diy wrapping paper orgainzer using soup cans

Before I begin, let me tell you about a recent find that I’m so psyched about!  If you’re a lover of the whole reclaimed wood look but don’t want to spend the $$$ or know where in the hell to find it [like moi], use fence pickets!!!  Yep, I said fence pickets. I was wandering mindlessly [as I often do] through the lumber aisles at Home Depot and spotted a pile of gnarly, raw looking fence pickets.  They look old and have such a beautiful distressed appeal.  That isn’t even the best part!!!  Know what one of these pickets costs?  $2.49!!!!  I know, right?  Crazy.  Each picket is 6 feet long x 6″ wide.  Ooooh the possibilities!

fence pickets

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Lovely, isn’t she??

Anyhoo, back to the tutorial…


First thing you’ll want to do is clean up your soup cans for obvious reasons.  [As I was doing this project I still caught a subtle smell of chicken noodle soup].


Then remove the bottom of each can.  Some soup cans have a molded bottom where the entire can is one piece of metal.  Other cans have a separate bottom that you can easily remove with a can opener.  For those stubborn cans that are one molded piece, I had to break out the Dremmel.  If you do not have a Dremmel, then you can always use a pair of all-purpose snips.

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Be sure to sand the bottom of the can.  Yes, you can use regular sandpaper on metal.  Be sure all the metal shards are off.


Here is a cool tip to help you cut a completely straight line on a soup can.  You can put that on your resume.  Grab a piece of paper and wrap it around the can.  Line up the edge and trace a line on your soup can.  This will guarantee you a straight line every time.

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You can leave your soup cans silver or spray paint them, which I chose to do.  I used this lovely shade of turquoise.  Same color as the other soup can projects I’ve created.

make a wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

make an organizer for wrapping paper from soup cans


While the paint was drying I cut my piece of wood down to 40″.


I attached two picture hangers to the back so this could easily be hung on the wall.

making a wrapping paper orgainzer from soup cans


Attach your soup cans to your piece of wood with glue.  I placed a rock in each can to keep it in place while drying.

diy wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

STEP SEVEN [optional]:

This step is totally optional, but I added a few cup hooks to the side to hold my washi tape.

diy a wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

I simply pre drilled a few holes, then screwed each cup hook in place.


I hung my newest creation on the wall in our coat closet at 30″ from the floor.

diy wrapping paper organizer using soup cans

Add your wrapping paper and you’re done!

diy wrapping paper holder using soup cans

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make a wrapping paper holder using soup cans

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I love these soup can projects and love the thought that I’m the soup lady around our neighborhood.  I even have my daughter’s teacher collecting them for me at school!

diy wrapping paper organizer using soup cans and scrap wood


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11 Responses to DIY: wrapping paper organizer

  1. Michelle says:

    That is such a great use for soup cans to hold up the wrapping paper! Im guessing your garage is looking a lot tidier lately, and wrapping must be a breeze, bring on Christmas hey :) Great job

    • Amy says:

      Thank you so much, Michelle. I have a looong way to go before my garage looks tidy my friend. ;-) I really miss having a basement!! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Amy

  2. Very clever, and I love the blue!

  3. Amy W says:

    This is so genius. I love that you even added hooks for Washi tape! Thanks so much for linking up at our Link it or Lump it party.

    Amy @

  4. Mom says:

    I want one of these! So darn clever – you amaze me. Love you tons and tons – xoxoxoxo MOM

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