I’ve spent part of this week making a birthday present for one of my children, and I am so excited about how it turned out that I wanted to share it with all of you! To give you a little background, I have to tell you that I have an almost 5 year-old little girl. To say that she likes dolls would be a massive understatement. Ever since the child could grab things in her hands, she’s been hanging onto a doll. Last year, she asked for an American Girl doll for her birthday. We took her on a special trip to the American Girl Doll store to pick out her doll, and we were all overwhelmed at the choices of dolls, doll clothes and doll furniture there. Over the course of the year, the rest of the family has gifted her with an outfit here and a pair of shoes there. She adores her doll (Kit, for those of you who are familiar) and LOVES to change her clothes. Our only problem has been we don’t have anywhere nice to keep and display the clothes, shoes and hats that she has accumulated (I think the doll may have more clothes than I do!). Of course every doll clothes closet that I’ve seen in stores or online is much more expensive than I am willing to invest. So the clothes have been shoved in a box while I have searched high and low to find the solution to the clothes storage problem.
About a month ago, I got an idea to make a little valet – a place to hang dress and catch shoes, hats and accessories. After a trip to get supplies and a little bit of sawing, painting, drilling and hammering, I created something that I hope she’ll love.
- Wooden tray (make sure it’s deep enough to catch the accessories)
- round wooden dowel (1/4″ width and at least as long as the tray)
- rectangular dowel (about 1″ x 1″ and at least enough to make 2 lengths of 18″)
- spray paint (in the color of choice)
- nails (4)
First spray paint the tray and let it dry.
Then cut the wood down to size. You want to cut the round dowel to be as long as your tray MINUS the width of the two rectangular dowels. You will want the rectangular dowels to be at least 18″ long (this will be how high your hanging rod will be).
Drill holes into each end of the round dowel and also about 3/4″ from the top of each rectangular dowel. Also drill holes into the bottom of the tray on the center of each long end – about 1/2″ in from the sides. (You can see the black dot on the tray in the picture below – that is where I drilled the hole).
Nail the round dowel into the top of one of the rectangular dowels. Repeat so that the round dowel is firmly in the middle of the two rectangular dowels.
Spray paint this piece and then nail it into the the tray (nailing from the bottom). Finished with the valet!
All that is left to do it to make the hangers. I took a plain old wire hanger and using wire cutters and my hands, shaped my own smaller hangers (using an American Girl doll hanger as a visual aid to figure out what size to make them). Then I added some ribbon to girly them up.
The best part about using a tray is that my daughter can easily pick it up and carry it from room to room. And the bonus (beyond being WAY cheaper than the other doll clothes organizers)? It was such a simple thing to put together. Truly, the most time consuming part had to do with painting and waiting for the paint to dry. Now if only I can figure out how to easily make a canopy bed…
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