It started off with an insane collection of hair clips. Now I do have to admit that it’s all my fault. I absolutely loved putting clips and bows and headbands in J’s hair when she was an infant. Not only did it make it easy to identify her as a girl (because let’s face it, all infants look the exact same) but she just looked so adorable with stuff in her hair! That’s definitely one of the things I miss most about C being a boy and not a girl…hair accessories. And just dressing him in general. As cute as overalls are, dresses/skirts/tutus with tights and bloomers knock them out of the ballpark. Whoops, as usual I’m off topic…
So anyway. J has a ton of hair clips. Hubby’s cousin’s ex-wife makes hair bows so I ended up with even more than I should have because I was constantly buying them from her. And as she got older I collected more and more of them. Not only are there hair clips and hair bows but then headbands and necklaces and bracelets added to the insaneness. I needed a way to organize them. Off to my BFF Pinterest. Although I found a lot of different ideas, this one was hands-down my favorite. I love how versatile it is. I could get little glass jars to keep the pony tails in, clip the bows right onto the chicken wire and loop the headbands on there as well. I also wanted Hubby to add hooks all around the frame to contain the necklace and bracelet problem. Plus it looked super cheap to build. Sold!
Hubby built this for me 2 years ago so I have zero pictures of it, zero ideas on how it was made and zero clues on how much it all cost. Sorry! Luckily Artsy Fartsy Mama has a super clear tutorial so just read her blog and do what she said 😉 . I do know that I purchased these glass jars from Amazon at least. And I do remember that approximately 2 weeks after I purchased them I saw almost the exact same jars at a thrift store for $1 for 8 of them. Dammit!!
I painted the frame blue and added the words “Be Awesome Today!” along the top in yellow (to match with the rainbow theme in J’s room). I also painted the chicken wire ROYGBIV going down, but that’s almost impossible to tell. Still looks cool when you’re close enough to notice it though! I had some leftover wooden letters from when I decorated the nursery eons ago so I painted them purple, outlined them in yellow and glued them on. Hubby bought drawer knobs from Lowes and attached them on so I could hang necklaces and bracelets and any other random girlie paraphernalia. As you can see, this didn’t work out so well. When he was attaching the top right one it didn’t work so well and now there’s a gaping hole. And there aren’t enough of them (J has a serious accessory obsession). I tried putting cheap 3M hooks on there but they don’t stick to the paint very well and end up falling off every few weeks (hence that random white rectangle on the top). So if we did this all over again I would have him put regular hooks on there and a lot more of them.
At first I was thinking about figuring out a way to attach a mirror to it somehow, but then I read an article about how you shouldn’t put mirrors in girls rooms because it hurts their self-esteem. So I went with the “Be Awesome” thing instead. It has nothing to do with looks or being pretty or anything like that so her self-esteem should remain intact! Just a short and sweet sentiment to start off the day!
I think my favorite thing about it is how after it was built and all of her clips and headbands and everything were on display for her to see, she went through a phase for about 6 months where she had to wear it all. At once. All together. She looked like this:
Overall I do like it. But now that tiaras have also entered our life and we have about a dozen of them I need to figure out a better way to attach them on there. It just never ends. Sigh.