Thursday, May 22, 2014

Accessory Tree: A Tutorial

Hey everyone!  I wanted to introduce you to my friend Ashley who runs The Stay at Home Bitch blog.  She's a local Seattle mamma of three boys, one of which is about the same age as Dexter so we get to see each other fairly regularly for play dates.  She is also super crafty and has a knack for style too.  I am glad to have her as a friend!  

We were talking at the last play date and she mentioned guest posting, so of course I said okay!  So keep reading because her craft is awesome!

As you all know I make headbands and necklaces for little girls and recently, I finally found my first retail location. I was so excited I grabbed 20 headbands and 2 headband holders and went down there! Well, the headband holders just did not work for the space they had offered me and not only that, it was really difficult to get the headbands on and off without picking up the holder out of the display space, I was so bummed! 

I got home defeated but then I thought about how stores usually sell headbands, on a peg system, but mine had to be free standing, so I had a vision in my head and got to work. Originally I had wanted to just upcycle a mug tree, but I scoured all the thrift stores in my area for 2 weeks before realizing I would have to make it from scratch. I made a list and started checking it off.

  • 2" diameter wood Dowel
  • 7/8" diameter wood dowel
  • small wood plaque 
  • Spray paint
  • Course sand paper
  • Fine sand paper
  • Gorilla wood Glue
  • E6000 glue
  • decorative drawer knob (optional)
  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • 7/8" drill bit  

Now that you've gathered your supplies and tools you'll need, the very first thing to do is cut everything. 

I cut my 2" dowel which came as 4' length, down to 18" pieces.  Then I cut the 7/8" dowel  into several 4" pieces as many as I could, because I plan to make more of these in a few different colors. Then sand everything to rounded edges. 

Next step is to drill however many holes into the 2" dowel for pegs to hold your accessories. I did eight at staggered heights.  Next time I do this, I will only do 4 as the headbands hang so low they bump into the peg beneath them. 

Sand the holes smooth, and then glue the 2" dowel to the center of the wood plaque. I used E6000 for this step. Then glue the decorative knob to the top of the dowel, if you are using one.  Now glue the pegs (small dowels) into their respective holes by squirting a little wood glue in the hole and inserting the peg. Let this dry, I waited a whole 24 hours, then tape off the knob (you could add the knob after painting if you prefer, I like to have the paint get on the bottom of the knob to seal it nicely) then spray paint the whole thing!! It took 2 coats and make sure not to forget underneath the pegs. Let this dry and voila you have a beautiful and functional accessory tree!

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  1. Good one........A sorta mini hat rack but not for mini hats...

  2. This is adorable! Can't wait to try it! :) Thanks for sharing!


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