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How to upcycle a frame for a hair clip organizer

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

Since I’ve still got a plethora of unused frames around the house, I recently found another way to use one. I gave it a color makeover and then gave it a new purpose in life– to organize our huge collection of hair clips!

Between me and my two daughters, we have plenty, and since we moved they’ve been crammed into a plastic jar– not very pretty, and not very easily-to-access either.

With a few simple steps (no sewing involved) I made the transformation and gave us a gallery organizer for all our hair lovelies.

First, I spray-painted an old frame. Fun and easy.

Next, I gathered all my supplies– frame, fabric, ribbon, and painter’s tape (not pictured).

I ironed the folds out of my fabric (What, you don’t do your ironing on your bed?!), although in retrospect, we have so many clips, you can barely see the fabric, let alone the wrinkles/folds, in the finished project! Nonetheless, it seemed like a good starting place.

I wrapped the fabric around the glass and gave it a few pieces of tape to hold it in place tightly. You could also do this around a piece of cardboard. Set the fabric-wrapped glass into the frame. Check the front to make sure you pulled your fabric straight and tight.

Cut your ribbon strips, giving yourself some extra yardage . Lay the strips out and set your frame on top. Adjust your ribbons as necessary so that they are spaced out where you like them.

Wrap the ribbons around and secure them with a bit of tape. make sure to leave enough room for the frame backing to press them down. I held them with my finger to leave some leeway for them to be pressed down.

Insert your frame backing and secure it so that the ribbons are held in place. Hopefully your frame is held secure enough to keep it all snug. The frame I used worked perfectly because it had two of those little sliding lock pieces on each side of the frame.

I chose fabric that matches a really cute quilted wall hanging we have in our bathroom that my mom made. I love how cute and simple the organizer came out, and already my girls are wearing their bows more now that they are so much more accessible.

I’m sure there are so many ways to repurpose or upcycle a picture frame into something fun and new; do you have any other ideas?

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  1. Heather

    What a great idea! Our hair clips are stored in a basket in the bathroom (and under the couch)…but this would be so much prettier!

    • Nicole

      Ha- “under the couch”– I find them all over the house as well. 😉 Here’s hoping the new organizer will encourage my older daughter to help me round them up and put them back since she thinks it’s so pretty.

  2. Lynda @ Rhody Reader

    How easy…and another beautiful piece of art at the same time!

    • Nicole

      Thanks, Lynda, I agree that it’s a nice way to dress up the bathroom wall!

  3. Joyce

    My friend made something similar for my girls. It has been great for helping us organize the hair clips, but now I need something for our hairties, because they also seem to vanish into thin air.

  4. Emily @ Live Renewed

    Love it!! Hair bows are one of those things I never figured out a good way to store/organize them, so it’s prohibited me from buying too many because I don’t know what I would do with them. But, my daughter loves bows and all things girly, so she would love how pretty this is, and to fill it up with all kinds of pretty bows! Thanks for the great (and easy enough I can do it!) idea! 🙂

  5. Maria G.

    Very creative! I also have my fair share of hair clips since I live with two of my sisters who happen to love hair clips. You can just imagine our home with hair clips here and there. This would be the best solution to organize our hair clips. Maybe I could make three rows of ribbons and put a name tag for each row or use ribbons of different colors we love. Thanks!

  6. Kristie Lind

    Love this!! I also do this and I make them and give to friends as gifts and people can purchase them from me. A handy way to add hair ties to it is: At the bottom of the frame, adhere small knobs or hooks (not heavy) with super glue or even nail them in to hold hair ties 🙂

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