I have a slight headband obsession, and frankly I have more headbands than a single person really needs. As my headband stash began to grow my frustration with the tangled mess in my closet also began to increase. Eventually I had enough, it was time to figure out a practical way to store them.
After a lot of brainstorming this is what I came up with. It fits in my closet perfectly and it stores almost all of my headbands. I plan on making a smaller version to hold my bracelets and watches, and hopefully soon my closet will discover the meaning of organization.
To create my headband holder I needed a number of supplies. It required a trip to my local hardware store as well as the fabric store. However, once I had all of my materials it was relatively easy. This is what you need:
- Wood dowel
- Smaller wood dowels (to connect the long piece to the molding in order to attach it to the wall)
- Two pieces of decorative molding (I found small square pieces that worked perfectly)
- Two metal picture hangers
- Nails (to attach the picture hanger to the wood pieces and to hand on the wall)
- Batting (The sheets of it work perfectly, look in the quilting section of your fabric store)
- Lace and ribbon (to decorate the finished product)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Black spray paint (to paint the wooden pieces)
- Wood glue
These are the tools needed to make the headband holder:
- Circular saw (to cut the dowels)
- Drill press
- Sewing machine
Step I: Cut the dowels using the circular saw. I cut the large dowel to 32″ and the small dowels to two 5″ pieces.
Step 2: Use the drill press to put two holes in the large dowel. I set them 6″ in on each side. Try to make the holes at least 3/4″ deep in order to support the weight of the batting, fabric, and headbands. Do not go all the way through the dowel! Put holes in your decorative molding, they will attach to the small dowels, which will attach to the large dowel. Also try to go approximately 3/4″ deep, but again, do not go all the way through!
Step 3: Put wood glue in the holes in the large dowel and attach the small dowel to the large dowel. Put wood glue in the holes of the molding and attach the other end of the small dowels to the molding Allow the glue to dry completely.
Step 4: Once the glue is dry spray paint the small dowels and molding. Don’t worry about painting the large dowel, you will cover it up with the batting and fabric.
Step 5: While the spray paint is drying cut your batting to 32″ long, and wide enough to wrap around the dowel. I used one of my headbands to determine the thickness I needed. In order to get it thick enough I had to layer multiple sheets of the batting. The best way to keep everything together, and prevent lumps in your finished product, is to stitch the layers of batting together.
Step 6: Use hot glue to attach the batting to the dowel. As you make your way to the back, press the batting around the small dowels.
Step 7: Cut the burlap 36″ long, and wide enough to wrap around the dowel and batting. Before I attached the burlap to the batting I folded the edges and glued it with hot glue. This prevented it from unraveling. Once all of the edges are folded, glue the burlap around the batting, make sure you center the fabric so you have two inches of extra fabric on either end. Once again, work around the small dowels in the back as you glue.
Step 8: Fold in the extra fabric and glue it down. To make the end look more finished and neater I also added buttons to the ends.
Step 9: Attach ribbon, lace, and any extra materials you want to make it look fancy!
Step 10: Nail the picture hangers to the back and hang it on your wall! Enjoy your artsy creation and the new organization it will bring you!
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