This past weekend I went to a yard sale.

I walked around the front yard and looked at some picture frames and a wreath form and some dishes and a giant oversized white architectural piece.

And then?

I saw this.

Hello beautiful. Nice to meet you.

This is a vintage seed pack holder that sat on the wall in a hardware store and held seeds for generations of gardeners.

Some people might have seen an old abandoned piece of metal junk.

Some people might have seen cobwebs and dirt.

Some people might have walked on by.

But I’m not some people.

I speak yard sale.

All that potential was calling my name. I bought it and took it home and hung it on the wall.

And created this.

A gift wrapping supply organizer.

Isn’t it the cutest?

Did you have the vision, too?

Did you know where I was going?

Today is DAY 8 of “12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas” and I’m joining my incredible friend Leslie to share a clever, unique idea to organize your gift wrap station.

The seed packet holder is the perfect fit for ribbons.

There is a metal bar at the top and the bottom.

There are seven spaces across for ribbons and seven rows of packet holder spaces.

I took the ribbon and twisted it around the top and then wound it down through the bar. The ribbons are different sizes so I just added them to the coordinating size on the metal sections.

It works perfectly.

You can pull the ribbon down and cut off what you need and the rest of the ribbon stays in place.

There were two hooks at the bottom.

I used those to hang tags from ribbons.

I got this entire tag set at Hobby Lobby.

Then I hung the rest of the tags from the metal prongs in the center of the seed packet holder.

When I’ve gotten tags like this before, the ribbons tend to get tangled up.

But now?

I can just reach up and grab a tag when I need it.

And then?

Are you ready for the most brilliant idea ever?

I found these S hooks at Ace Hardware. They are meant to be plant hangers, but I’m ordering a few and hanging scissors and tape from the side of the seed packet holder.

A place for everything.

And everything in its place.

Doesn’t it make you want to start wrapping gifts now?

That’s the thing about yard sales.

You always find the one thing you never knew you needed.

Merry Christmas to me. 🙂

PS And now be sure and stop by my friend Leslie’s to see her gift wrapping room.




DAY 1: 9 simple ideas to repurpose last year’s decor

DAY 2: Tons of easy recipe ideas and what to stock your pantry with for the holidays

DAY 3: My go-to sources for inexpensive craft supplies online

DAY 4: 30-minute handmade gift idea

DAY 5: My favorite faux winter stems

DAY 6: Freeze ahead recipes

DAY 7: 20 creative ideas for personalized gifts


DAY 1: Nine Ways to Repurpose Last Years Christmas Decor

DAY 2: Creative Ideas to Stock Your Pantry for the Holidays

DAY 3: Favorite Places to Find Inexpensive Holiday Craft Supplies

DAY 4: Handmade creative gift ideas

DAY 5: The best places to find faux greenery

DAY 6: Make ahead and freeze recipes

DAY 7: 20 creative ideas for personalized gifts

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  1. Image for Betty in Arlington Betty in Arlington

    Awww! What a sweet find! I like it! Which room is it in? My dear friend, Helen, designed Christmas room when they built their home, storing a gift wrapping table, storage for ribbons and her wrapping's nine feet tall, so her decorated Christmas tree even fits in! LOL!

  2. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Love repurposing! I built a wrap/ craft area in my basement laundry room in our former home. I lined all those concrete walls with pegboard (well, my handy guy did) and lined up a wall of hooks and dowels and filled the dowels with ribbons or wrapping paper. I could just unroll it from the wall and cut it off. Admittedly, I still shoved most stuff in gift bags (if we're getting real here).

  3. Image for Jayne Jayne

    I look at yard sales with eyes like yours and my husband rolls his at me lol! After all these years, you would have thought he'd learn to trust my judgement because that 'junk' always scrubs up! This is a genius idea for keeping ribbons and supplies tidy and in one easy-to-get-place - love it so much KariAnne!

  4. Image for Eileen Eileen

    I love your imagination.. I go to garage/estate sales and see things not as they are, but what they can be. My biggest fun find is to buy old ornate lamps, dismantle them, paint and distress them and POOF, I have the most beautiful candle holders you have ever seen!! The last pair was 2 for $5 and AFTER I paid for them and had them in my grubby little paws, I told the homeowner what I planned and I swear she was about to snatch them back!!! I use timed candles from Costco, the ones that now have the flicker to them and they all go on about 4 pm and what a visual pleasure to see everything glowing...and safe.

  5. Image for Lorri Lorri

    Hi Karianne..I speak Yardsale too.. I also speak!! This will look awesome in your space where you do all your crafts... a little jealous..this way you know what ribbons you have. If I know have alot.. just like me. Have a great day😍


    Who would have known that an antiquated seed packet display could become such a great idea for ribbons, tags, etc. in your craft room! KariAnne, this is such a great idea! Only you with your great wisdom would be able to make this work! Thanks for sharing with us! Now, we are all going to be on the lookout for something similar at our antique and thrift shops! Have a great week!

  7. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Sometimes you win and sometimes not so much, you won big, i love your little rack and i want one,lol!! Have fun!

  8. Image for Carol Carol

    YOU ARE KILLING ME!!! Now where can I find an old seed packet holder??? I want one! Awesome idea though.....

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