Hair bow holder

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This is my first attempt at making a hair bow holder. My cousin is having a little girl in June and has a Minnie Mouse theme for the nursery. I found the ribbon at Hobby Lobby (buy when ribbon is 50% off). I also found the wood sign, black acrylic paint, hooks and scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby.

Here’s how I made it (don’t know if it is how you are suppose to but it’s how I made it)! First I traced the wood sign on a piece of extra card stock I had laying around the house, I used 12×12 and it just fit.  I cut it out and then set my template on top of the wood sign and altered it as needed to make it perfect! Then I painted the wood sign in black paint (or whatever color you choose). As the paint was drying I used my template of the sign to trace and cut it out of the card stock I chose to use. After the first coat of paint was dry I added a second coat just to make sure it was entirely covered.

As the second coat of paint was drying I printed out the letter font I wanted (I just couldn’t find any stickers that I loved). I cut the letters out onto black card stock and ran them through my sticker maker. My mom gave it to me as a gift years ago and I had never used it before. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?! That thing is amazing (especially since my 4 year old LOVES stickers and I seem to spend money on stickers anytime we go to the store). I stuck the letters down on my card stock cut out of the wood sign. I then used Mod Podge to glue down the card stock to the wood sign. I let it dry and then used Mod Podge to coat the top of the sign as well.

After all the Mod Podge was dry I measured out the length of the ribbon ( I honestly just eyeballed it). I then taped them down on the back of the sign just so I knew where they would be attached. I used some small hooks that were in the wood making section at Hobby Lobby halfway between each ribbon. The hook is for headbands and other hair things that do not have a clip to attach to the ribbon.

The next part of making this sign is where I still question myself. I used some kind of carpet tack to attached the ribbon to the wood sign. My only hope is that the weight of the bows don’t make the ribbon rip through the nail/tack/whatever it’s called. I had to find something that wasn’t so long that when hammered into the sign would go through the entire sign. I then added a ribbon up top to hold the sign up. I also attached 2 picture hooks to the back just in case she didn’t want to use the ribbon to hang it.

For my first attempt at a hair bow holder I think I did a pretty good job. She absolutely loved it when she opened it up and told me she had been looking on Etsy and thank goodness she didn’t find anything she wanted!

 

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Newborn Closet Dividers

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So when I was pregnant with my daughter I saw these closet dividers online and decided I would try my hand at creating them. Now I make them for everyone I know who is going to have a baby. I just go with what their theme and color scheme is for the nursery.

I found the wood hangers at Hobby Lobby (I believe they are $1 each). I then bought 2 different colored acrylic paints in the nursery colors or as close to them as possible. I also buy paint pens to compliment the the base color. Now, I don’t think I have made the exact same 5 dividers because I never seem to find a 5th design I just love. I always do the large circles, the ribbon look with a complimentary sticker, the checkered, and the lines with dots. The fifth one here I didn’t care for too much but the last set I did I just used paint pens to make fine point dots all over and it turned out cute (I will see if I have a picture for that.

The first thing I do is paint the wood dividers. Make sure to paint on newspaper in case you get some on something. It usually takes a good 2-3 coats of paint on the entire divider (make sure to paint both sides because you can see both when hanging in the closet!). I then complete the entire design using paint pens on the dividers. After I have created the designs on the dividers I outline with usually either a silver or gold paint pen a rounded box to write the month range for the divider. Make sure to alternate colors with months. Example- Newborn=blue, 0-3= green, 3-6= blue, 6-9 = green, 9-12 = blue. For time and expense I only make through 12 months when making them for gifts. With my daughter I did through 24 months but that was the first time I made them and I had a little extra time.

Back to the tutorial… After you have your rounded outlined box (I used Word to create a rounded box and printed it out and traced it on using a pencil that was it wasn’t disproportional and looked nice. Inside the outlined circle, paint the base color so that it is one solid color. After the paint dries write the month with the paint pen. For any mistakes or touch-ups that may be necessary use a toothpick or fine toothed paint brush to fix any flaws.

Here are some close-ups of the dividers:

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After everything is dried and ready to be gifted I find a complimentary ribbon (I use the thick ribbon because this is what will be used to hang divider). For presentation I use that ribbon to tie all the closet dividers together like this:

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To use just untie the ribbon and tie it around the bar. Enjoy!!!