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Friday, May 11, 2012

Taming the Clutter: DIY Hair Accessory Holder

I don't know about you, but I struggle with clutter. It seems to cover every horizontal surface in my house. Well, when you run out of room horizontally--it's time to go vertical! I got the idea for this project from a smaller version that was given to Charlotte for Christmas. It was a small 8 x 10 canvas covered in fabric with ribbons to hold bows and clips. Even though it was very cute...I wanted something bigger that would give ample room for the growing number of hair accessories my daughter manages to accumulate.

I found this large empty frame propped up in the corner of my bedroom--literally collecting dust. I could have used a piece of foam core board or the cardboard backing as the base to wrap my fabric around if I had had a great frame with no glass. That would be fabulous way to recycle a frame with broken glass! 

For this project you will need: a frame with glass or other support piece cut to the size of frame, scissors, fabric of choice, ribbon or ribbons (I used 2 types), and tape (I used scotch tape because that's what I had available, but I would recommend masking tape or duct tape for added durability.) Alternatively, if you use foam core board or cardboard, hot glue would be another choice for attaching the fabric.

Learn from my mistake and iron your fabric before doing this project! Ha ha! Cut your fabric a couple inches larger than the glass or other base piece.

Fold in the corners, like you are wrapping a gift.

Secure the fabric all the way around with tape or hot glue, if you prefer. I am pretty sure hot glue would peel off of glass though. I would only attempt to use it on cardboard or foam core board.

Slide the ribbon underneath the fabric-wrapped glass and tie as tightly as possible. Cut off ribbon tails, leaving an inch or so past the knot.

Turn your board or glass over to check and see that the ribbon is centered and looks perpendicular--not crooked. 

If it looks okay, go ahead and tape the ribbon down securely a few inches from the edge at the top and bottom.

Place your fabric-covered glass or cardboard into the frame, facing outward, and use the frame's tabs to hold it firmly in place.

Voila! A place to put all of your daughter's hair accessories! See what I mean about ironing the fabric first? Now go find yourself an old frame and get busy taming the clutter. 

I would love to hear your comments about this project. What do you struggle with in the way of clutter? Shoes? School papers? Plastic storage containers, like Tupperware? Kids' toys? I'm glad you stopped by today. Make sure you look around and check out some of the great new recipes that were posted this week.


  1. Great crafting idea. I don't have any really big frames but I have a bunch of 5x7 8x10 sizes, maybe I'll do a collage with different fabrics and hang them together. Oh the possibilities.

  2. What about scouting local garage sales for big, ugly pictures with cool frames?