I wish I could say that adding a baby to the family didn’t bring back some of my former shopping habits, but alas, it has. There’s little in this world in which I take more pleasure than dressing up my little girl, and I admit I’m enjoying this even more because my older daughter is at the age where she is choosing her own clothes.
So in addition to the newborn clothes that little Juliza can wear right now and her new best baby crib, I’ve been buying clothes in sizes all the way up to 3T — particularly when I can get them on seasonal clearance. However, that has led to a closet rack full of clothes I have to sort through when I’m getting her dressed. When Walmart challenged me to share a DIY craft, I knew I wanted to make some separators to better organize her clothing by size.
Like so many projects, this one was inspired by a product I saw and wanted to buy, but thought I could make on my own.
- Unfinished wooden shapes
- Craft paint & paintbrushes
- Paint pen
- Coordinating ribbon
- Hot glue
- Duck tape
I initially planned to use unfinished wooden door hangers, but the style of my closet rack would make that difficult. Instead, I picked up some unfinished wooden shapes in Walmart’s craft section — some apples, ladybugs, owls and a crown — that I thought would be awesome in a baby’s closet.
I started by painting the shapes in shades of pink and yellow, which are the colors featured most prominently in the shared nursery (to be revealed soon :))
Forgive the fact that the color looks red above, but it’s definitely pink. While the paint dried, I cut eight 10-inch lengths of narrow pink ribbon. These will be used to tie the markers to the closet rack.
Once the paint dried, I used a black paint pen to write the various clothing sizes on the wooden shapes: Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months and 2T+. I considered using stencils, but couldn’t find number and alphabet stencils that were small enough. Instead, I printed out the sizes in a font I liked, then eyeballed them and used the paint pen to draw them myself.
I think the lettering turned out pretty nice 🙂
Finally, we needed to attach the ribbon to each shape. We folded each ribbon in half. We used hot glue to attach the center of the ribbon (at the fold) to the back center of each shape, about an inch from the top.
Finally, we used a small piece of decorative Duck tape over the top of the ribbon, just to make sure it wouldn’t detach. Pretty from the front, but the Duck tape makes them pretty cool to look at from the back as well.
Now, we have some really cool size separators that will help this frazzled and sleep-deprived mama put away clothes more quickly and easily find stuff that will fit her right now.
Whether they’ll help me stop buying clothes for Miss Juliza is a different question, but to be fair, I do buy organic whenever I can 🙂
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.