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


  • 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?



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!


DIY Mirror and Hair Bow Holder Featured On Craftaholics Anonymous® Today!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Check out the full tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous®!

Ever since the day I found out I was having a little girl I was crazy excited about the idea of buying teeny tiny little shoes, colorful sundresses and tons of big flower bows!  Well guess what…two years later (yes we just celebrated a big birthday!) I am finally admitting our bow stash is out of control.  Yepp I have a problem!  After Emma Grace was born I cut a strip of leftover ric rac that served as a temporary holder until I came up with something else.  The only down side was it only held about a dozen bows which left another dozen or so lying around the house, my diaper bag and the car in piles!  After watching my little diva check herself out in the mirror every morning after I put a bow in her hair I thought it would be perfect to make a little mirror of her very own and have it double as a spot to hold all of those bows!  You can check out the tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous® today.  If you follow me on Instagram you know that it is already getting a lot of good use!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Oh and you want to know what it really looks like with all of our bows?

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Yeah Emma Grace may have just a couple!  You know what..I can tell you for sure we have at least four or five that are missing from this photo too!  Is your bow stash out of control too?  Please tell me I’m not alone!!  Oh and if you are digging my new mirror as much as I am it is part of a line of photo frames I am working on to release for the Etsy shop in the next couple weeks!  Want one for yourself?  Just send me a custom request to my Etsy shop!


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!

Furniture Point of View Feature and Link Party!

I am so excited to share with you today that I’m being guest featured with some amazingly talented bloggers in the Point of View monthly link party today!  I was so excited when Steph from Crafting in the Rain (who is also part of the Craftaholics Anonymous Creative Team with me!) asked me to take part because this month is all about FURNITURE!  You know I love a good furniture makeover and I was thrilled to be able to share Emma Grace’s dresser makeover.

Furniture - Point of View Link Party - June

Make sure you check out all these other fabulous makeovers too and jump on over to join the link party!

Jonie at Just Between Friends
Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything
Amy at Ameroonie Designs
Ashlee at I’m Topsy Turvy
Steph at Crafting in the Rain

For those of you stopping by from another blog hostesses of the party…Welcome!!  You can find all the details on the dresser makeover here.  The makeover started as a vision as soon as I found out I was expecting my baby girl.  You see I was the only girl in the house and the idea of being able to paint a piece of furniture bright pink made me one happy lady!!  I scoured Craigslist for weeks trying to find the perfect piece of furniture and I finally found it!

BEFORE - Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

Yepp a real looker huh?  Well don’t worry it was a reproduction so no real valuable antiques were harmed in the makeover!  With the help of my very talented hubby we sanded it down,  primed it, sprayed it a gorgeous pink and then for weeks I very slowly and steadily hand painted all the white trim.  Phew let me tell you, at the time I thought I was going to pass out from all the trim work but it kept me going and gave me something to look forward to while I battled through my HG.  After we finished painting we applied a couple of coats of a high quality clear coat to protect all of my hard work!  The verdict?  In just a couple of weeks Emma Grace will be celebrating her 2nd birthday and it looks just as perfect as the day we put the last clear coat on before we left for the hospital to have her!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

It makes me smile every day I walk into her room and it was completely worth the insane amount of time I put into it!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser Detail by jRoxDesigns

I love the fact that without the white trim it would have been a gorgeous piece, but with it…I think it makes it amazing!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser Detail by jRoxDesigns

For all my loyal readers I know I’ve promised you an update on her room and I promise it is coming soon!  Over the last couple months I have finished her bookshelf, added a high hanging mobile feature out of paper lanterns like I had wanted to for months now…and so many more awesome projects that I can’t wait to share with you!



Happy 1st Blog Anniversary to jRoxDesigns!

Can you believe it?  My little blog is a year old already!  Well technically it was last week but life has been a little bit crazy over here.  Thanks to all of your love and support I have been swamped with orders from my Etsy shop and branching out with my photography!  I just finished editing a photo session with two sweet kids who have a very special surprise to share with their Daddy and a couple more sessions that I am just dying to share with you guys soon!  By all the time I’ve been spending in the workshop too lately it looks like you guys are loving the new selection of chalkboard speech bubbles and wooden letters in the Etsy shop too!  Not to mention the half a dozen special infinity tattoo designs I am working on right now.  How cool is that?  You guys are absolutely the best!  So, I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much lately but I promise I have so many new fun things that I hope to get up here to share with you soon!  To celebrate today I thought I would let you take a stroll on back to all of my favorite posts over the last year.

One of my most popular posts is Emma Grace’s Photo Project which is one project I am so proud of.  For all the hours and time that I’ve spent editing photos and preparing each shoot it is by far my most rewarding project!

 Photo Project by jRoxDesigns

Emma Grace’s Nursery has been one of my favorite projects I have done in years.  I poured my heart and soul into creating that room from scratch and I can’t help but smile so big every time I walk in there.  You guys seemed to love the reveal too because I heard back from so many of you that you too were in love with her French Provencal Dresser makeover!  Guess what..if you sit tight I hopefully will have a couple new photos to share of some new custom-made furniture we created for her as well as some toddler friendly updates!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

I still can’t believe how many views my post where I shared with you my journey to get my first tattoo has gotten!  You know what is crazy is when you are scrolling through your feed on Pintrest and there is your tattoo staring back at you that was pinned from people you have never met!  Or even crazier when your big sister calls to tell you your tattoo also showed up on her feed today pinned by one of her friends who had no idea it was mine!  Crazy!!!  Then when I actually decided to offer custom designs in my Etsy shop I never could image how big of a response I would get!  You guys are amazing!!

Personalized Infinity Tattoo by jRoxDesigns

Who doesn’t love baking?  Because I sure do!  That’s why I loved being able to share with you some of my favorite pumpkin pie and irish cream cupcake recipes along with an amazing recipe to make your very own vanilla extract!  Don’t worry we will have plenty more where those came from!

Homemade Vanilla Extract | jRoxDesigns

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

Irish Cream Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

Do you know where big wooden letters and bubbles come from?  I let you guys take a quick behind the scenes tour with me to see what goes into making some of my favorite products!

Wooden Letter Overview | jRoxDesigns

Speaking of sneak peeks…remember when I gave you a little glimpse into what I’m hiding in my camera bag, diaper bag, studio and workshop?  That was so much fun!

What's In My...Week by jRoxDesigns

I love holiday crafts and this Valentine’s Day garland was so much fun!  I’m thinking of making garland that I can personalize to use for photo shoots!  Pregnancy announcements, save the date cards anyone?

Valentine's Day Garland by jRoxDesigns

After being sick of my old worn out kitchen rug I gave it a fun facelift with a bit of creativity with the help of some paint!

I celebrated Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day by sharing my own personal journey with HG.  It was by far my most difficult post to write but since I wrote about my story I have had several women who are suffering or have survived HG reach out to me.  Their stories of strength and encouragement made it worth finally telling my story.

Newborn Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2011

I’ve been able to take my photography journey to a new level by booking several sessions this past month!  I absolutely love being behind the camera and being able to capture that one special moment in life that you can hold on to for forever.  I loved being able to share with you some amazing pictures that I took at a friend’s wedding.  That post along with the photos I shared from the very first wedding have also got a lot of love from you guys.  I can’t wait to show you some new photos soon!

Wedding Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2012

Wedding Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2012

Do you know what happens though when you end up with maybe a couple hundred…or more photos that you have taken over the last year?  Yepp, you get an awesome family yearbook printed!  I always share our book with friends and family who come over to the house and everyone is just amazed by how great it looks.  I’m still just amazed at how easy it was!  I can’t wait to make more!

2012 Family Yearbook by jRoxDesigns

If you don’t know already I absolutely LOVE graphic design.  So creating free printables to share with you all like the Holiday and Fall Bucket Lists was so much fun.  Looks like it’s time to create a new one for Summer soon!

Holiday Bucket List Printable by jRoxDesigns

What were your favorite posts?  What would you like to see more of?  I would love to hear from you guys!  Thank you for all the love and support over the past year you guys are amazing!!!