DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder

Okay, please tell me there are other creative mammas out there who may have possibly made too many bows for their sweet little girls….and now are stuck with nowhere to put them?!  Come on raise your hand!!  I know I’m not alone here!!  Emma Grace has really thin hair and this cute side swipe thing going on so she still needs a bow to keep her hair tucked behind her ears.  So, I admit it…I have a problem with hair bows!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

I quickly became tired of having piles of bows all over the place so I knew I needed to come up with a solution.  You see my daughter is a little vain and likes to check herself out in the mirror in the mornings after she puts her bows in.  So I thought it would be fun to make her a little spot to hold all of those bows and make sure she is looking fabulous!  I think it was a success, what about you?

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Supplies:

  • Picture Frame
  • Mirror (to match opening of picture frame)
  • Ric Rac or Ribbon
  • Serger, Fray Check or a Lighter {to finish ends of ric rac}
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun
  • Picture Hanger (if your frame does not have a hanger)

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

My hubby and I have been playing around with making some cute frames for my daughter’s room and this project was the perfect excuse to use one!  If you are going to be using this style holder for a younger child, you might want to consider using a plastic mirror rather than a glass mirror for safety reasons.  Since my little girl is only two years old, a glass mirror was out of the question for us.  I searched high and low and found that it is really difficult to find not only plastic mirrors to fit photo frames but plastic frames as well without ordering them online.  I was able to find a large piece of plastic replacement mirror for cars that you can find at your local auto parts store or super store in the automotive section.  It was super easy to work with! All you have to do is measure the size of your picture frame opening, cut it and pop it right into place!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Now you will need to cut your ribbon or ric rac to the length you would like.  I love this big chunky ric rac for holding hair bows! I have used it in the past to hold my daughter’s bows because the inside curves are a natural place to hold your bows to keep things neat. Plus the thick texture of the ric rac also helps keep the bows in place and prevents them from slipping.

Next, take one of your largest bows as well as one of your average size bows and clip them to your ric rac so you can judge about the distance apart your strips need to be.  If you would like, use a piece of tape to hold the ric rac in place while you decide how far apart you want the ric rac.

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Flip the frame over and staple the ric rac into place.

TIP: Make sure to finish the ends of the ric rac or they will unravel like CRAZY!  I used my serger to serge the ends, but if you do not have a serger, you could fold the ends up and sew it in place. Or try fabric glue, a lighter, or even fray check to finish the ends.

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

One thing to consider is, some unfinished frames at the craft store do not have hangers on the back. So you may need to add one yourself.  With all of the frames I’ve made lately, I’ve become a pro at this and thought I would share some quick tips with you!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

First, you will need to mark where your hanger will need to go.  As long as your frame is symmetrical on all sides, you should be able to measure and find the middle of the width and make a mark.  Now measure the height from the opening to the top and find the mid point.  Where these two points meet is where the center of your hanger will need to go.

The hangers I use are super helpful because there is actually a little dot in the middle of the hanger already there to mark the midpoint!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Those little nails are tricky tricky to hold in place to hammer. So grab a pair of pliers and they make the job a breeze.  Hold your nails in and hammer away!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Now you have a frame that is ready to hang!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Now that your frame is ready to hang that means…you’re done!  So quick and easy!!!  What I love about this project is that you can personalize it any way you want to fit your style.  The curvy and funky frame I used matched the style of my daughter’s nursery. But maybe you like classic straight lines?  Go for it and grab a frame that matches your style!

I wanted to hang her mirror right at her height so she can check herself out and since I didn’t want her bows to hit all the way to the floor her ric rac measured right about 22″ long.

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

But then I quickly realized….I still had more bows left over.  Yepp, I told you had a problem!!  So I cut one more strand to add onto my frame.  Once all of the bows are on there I realized it was a little excessive!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

If you are not going to fill it up completely, it looks nice. But with as many bows as my daughter has, I think I would definitely use a larger 5″x7″ frame so that it didn’t look so small compared to the large mass of bows!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

I love how it turned out!  It’s fun and funky and let me tell you my daughter was super excited when she woke up from her nap and I hung it up for her!  My favorite part was was finally being able to use the picture frames I’ve been working on for so long.  I started by hand sketching the silhouette and went through a dozen variations before I decided on this exact profile and I LOVE how it turned out.  It is always so satisfying to be able to see all your hard work turn out just like you imagined it!   If you love my frame too feel free to stop by my Etsy shop and request a custom order!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

How do you organize your sweet little girl’s stash of bows?  Do you have an obsession with making fun new flower bows all the time like me?

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A Modern DIY Nursery Grows Into A Toddler Bedroom!

One of my favorite rooms in the house still has to be Emma Grace’s nursery.  It is simple, colorful, modern, classic and playful all at the same time.  In case you missed the full reveal of her nursery with all the details you can find it here.  Since then I’ve been slowly working on little projects here and there like updating her dresser drawers with a cute gray chevron print, adding a high hanging mobile feature and I even built a bookshelf from scratch!
Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

Overall all the pieces have stayed the same but my favorite addition is this awesome bookshelf that hubby and I built.  I’ve been swooing over the Oeuf Mini Library for years but it would have been way too big for her space and I knew I could DIY one for a tiny fraction of the price.  I LOVE the way it turned out!

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

All it took was some careful calculations, a couple of sheets of 3/4″ plywood, paint and simple door hardware!  Definitely worth the time for the amazing result.  Emma Grace loves to read books and she will pull up her tiny rocking chair and look all of her books for hours.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

She is still sleeping in her crib which I’m crossing my fingers will last for a couple more years.  I have visions in my head of a really fun, oversized upholstered headboard out of her original bumper print when the time comes.  Until then I want to keep my baby little forever.  The bumper came out as soon as she tried to use it as a step stool and the skirt came out when we dropped the mattress down.  I absolutely loved her bedding and to me it was worth all the time I put into it, but I just wish I could have used it longer.  For me it was something to keep my mind positive while I battled through the HG while I was pregnant and in the end it was totally worth it.  Now her bed is filled with all of her stuffed friends, a tiny pillow and tons of snuggly blankets.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

Right before Christmas Emma Grace really became interested in potty training so I knew it was time to change the crib into a toddler bed.  That was one of the biggest reasons why I picked out her crib was because I knew it would grow with her and give us the opportunity to get more life out of her crib.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

Of course leave it to my daughter to start screaming “I DO!” the second she sees a screwdriver or a hammer.  I got her started, then she meticulously turned all four bolts for the next hour while I took care of the final tightening.  She has enjoyed her “big girl bed” ever since!

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

One of the other fun additions was a funky twist on a mobile feature I did in the corner above the rocking chair.  I had a ton of different ideas and shared my inspiration with you all here.  It took a long time to collect all the lanterns but that is just because I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend a pretty penny on paper!  They all came from a mixture of clearance bins at craft stores, the Dollar Stop at Target and mark downs from home decor shops and party supply stores.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

When I would rock her to sleep when she was younger she loved to look up at all the lanterns.  She still enjoys looking at them and screaming “Pink ball Mommy!  Pink ball!!!”  Oh how times change!  I hung each lantern by tying white thread from the lantern and then around a small sewing pin  pushed into the ceiling.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

I’m still working on little projects for her room here and there but I love how I designed the room to be able to grow up with her.  I know that all the pieces we chose (other than the crib obviously!) will be able to be used for many years to come.  The rocking chair side table will probably turn into a night stand, Pinkalicious and Olivia books will be replaced by tween love novels and the changing topper will come off to make room for picture frames of her and her best friends.  Well, that’s at least the way I see it.  Or probably knowing my opinionated daughter she will hate hot pink and lime green by the age of 7 and be begging me to change it all.  Sigh…I’m not ready to parent a school age girl!!

Ready for another project?  Next up I’ll share with you how I made her a funky bow holder to help organize her insane amount of hair accessories!

   

Glitter Word Art…One Last Post for the Craftaholics Anonymous® Creative Team!

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

2013 was full of fun and exciting adventures!  One of the adventures I am so sad is finally coming to a close is my time with the Craftaholics Anonymous Creative Team.  I’ve had 12 months full of exciting posts to share with the CA readers and am so happy to have gained more friends to share my own projects with here at jRoxDesigns.  I had the opportunity to get to know each of the other amazingly talented bloggers on the team over the year in a sort of crafting and business “support group” as we call it over at Craftaholics Anonymous!  Even when life was crazy and I didn’t have a lot of time to craft I was always able to look forward to a big project to share each month.  I feel like I have grown so much by being part of the team and I am forever grateful for opportunity!

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

So, even though it is time to say goodbye I still have one more post to share!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day I whipped up some easy glitter word art.  It was fun and you could definitely use the same technique for tons of different projects.

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

Check out the full tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous®!

   

2013 Craftaholics Anonymous Creative Team

I Made Pintrest’s Top Pins for 2013!!!!

Infinity Tattoo by jRoxDesigns

Ahhhhh!!  Want to read that title again?  Yes!!  Because I completely made Pintrest’s Top Pins for 2013!  Okay so this year Pintrest highlighted all of their top pins in different categories like home decor, recipes, fashion and this little photo made the Tattoos Top Pins!

Personalized Infinity Tattoo by jRoxDesigns makes Pintrest's Top Pins of 2013!

I’m still in shock.  I was making breakfast for the kids while sifting through my email and just so happened to click over and stumbled upon it by chance.  Crazy right???

Pintrest's Top Tattoo Pins of 2013!

The photo links back to my 1st Blog Anniversary celebration but that wasn’t the first time I shared it with you guys!  It started with me rounding up a couple of my favorite tattoo ideas.  Then after settling on the perfect design and finding a talented tattoo artist, I finally got my awesome tattoo that was eight years in the making.  After sharing my story with you I could have never imagined all of the love and support I found from so many of you.  I had a handful of other moms, just like me, who just wanted to share the love they have for their children as well contact me asking for help to design a unique tattoo for them as well.  It wasn’t long after that I decided to share my love for graphic design  by offering custom infinity designs in my Etsy Shop!  Since then I’ve been blessed to design many tattoos for not only other moms celebrating their children like me, but for couples celebrating their love and several others who were celebrating the life of a loved one who they had lost.  I’ve had the privilege to create a design for an amazing woman who wanted to honor her husband who had recently passed away from cancer and their four children they had together.  I’ve shared with a strong mother who wanted to celebrate her son’s life that was lost before she even had the chance to watch him grow up.  I’ve been blessed to celebrate with so many different people and I could have never imagined sharing my journey would have allowed me this opportunity to learn so many other people’s journeys!  So from the bottom of heart I want to thank each and every one of you who have helped me share my journey and meet so many other amazing people along the way!

Photography by Amber Foster Smith Photography

I love my tattoo and would never change one thing about it.  It still reminds me everyday that I am so lucky to be a mom to these two amazing kids and that is why I do what I do every day!

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Christmas Stocking Tutorial and Pattern Featured On Craftaholics Anonymous® Today!

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Can you believe Christmas is a week from today?? I know that’s crazy right?  I’ve had all of my decorations up since the day after Thanksgiving but my fireplace has been very lonely and without stockings for the past two years.  Yep, after Emma Grace was born I wanted to make cute stockings for our new family of four but…that didn’t happen.  Then last year it was so crazy it didn’t happen either.  So when I had the opportunity to come up with a fun sewing tutorial for  Craftaholics Anonymous® this month, I jumped on the idea to finally make our stockings.  So if you are looking for a fast and easy Christmas stocking head on over to  Craftaholics Anonymous® to download the pattern and check out the entire tutorial.  Stay tuned and later this week I will share how I made these cute little ornament frames to personalize each stocking too!

Christmas Stocking Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

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2013 Craftaholics Anonymous Creative Team

I’m part of the 2013 Craftaholics Anonymous® Creative Team!  Stop by and meet all the fabulous ladies that will be bringing you all sorts of inspiration all year-long here!