My girls have long hair so that means lots of hair clips and hair elastics (aka “boingys”). Over the years, I’ve managed to corral our most used ones into one box, but it’s become chaotic (and so has our mornings!). Add in special clips and elastics for ballet, swimming, and school spirit days and we really needed to sort through and organize everything. I will be keeping this box in the bathroom, but I also wanted it portable. So here’s how I created a Hair Clip Organizer Box using items I had around the house!
I used a ribbon box that my ribbon collection has long outgrown. I liked the size because it can fit in a drawer in the bathroom, but I can carry it to one room or the other if I want to do their hair on the couch or in their room (wherever I can corral the girls!). Their hair clips and boingys are starting to overflow out of the box so I’ve got to do something! This is what I’ve been sorting through every morning to find that one hair clip that matches the other. I’m already grouchy and groggy enough in the morning! So this is also a great time to sort through and pare down our hair accessory collection, at least the ones we plan to use every day.
So first step is to purge what we don’t use, what’s falling apart, and what we only use occasionally. Those will go into the garbage or into a separate box in the bathroom. Some hair clips and boingys will go into my purse and their ballet bag and swim bag, in case Mama forgets to do their hair (yes, it’s happened many times). I’ll also recycle the many pieces of hair clip and boingy packaging that I just threw in there! Then, I organized their accessories into categories: Everyday hair clips and boingys that they wear to school, Ballet boingys (plain black ones), hair nets, bobby pins, and bun wraps, Swimming boingys (the striped ones), and Spirit Day hair clips and boingys which they wear each Friday. I further pared down this pile to only those used the most often.
Then I thought about what I could use around the house to tame our hair clips and boingys, plus other supplies (contains affiliate links):
From the craft room:
- Ribbon box (or any lightweight but sturdy box that can be drilled – here’s another option)
- Magnetic pin cushion
From the office:
- Binder clips
- Metal fasteners (aka brads)
From the kitchen:
- Mini silicone molds
So basically, the brads will keep the ribbons in place. One ribbon will keep hair clips, and the other will have binder clips attached to them, onto which you’ll hang your hair elastics. The ribbons will be on the lid and along one wall of the box, so the rest of the box is free for bulkier items like a hair brush, the magnetic pin cushion, and the silicone molds which will hold other things. I took advantage of the brads and added some felt shapes to them (but it should look okay without the shapes too). I just cut out some simple shapes and set them aside. In case you can’t tell, those are pigs! The brads will serve as the snout!
Empty the box and get ready to drill three holes in the lid. First, cut a piece of ribbon the same length as your box. Fold the ends inward and use hot glue to secure the fold. Then center it along the top of the lid.
Mark the center of the box with a ruler and pencil, then place a mark at the ends of the ribbon, going in about 1/2 an inch. Then, drill the three holes. Take your ribbon and lay it on top of the holes and mark on the ribbon the location of the holes for later. Note: If your box does not have a lid, you can always keep the hair clips along one wall and the elastics along the other wall. You don’t have to use this exact box.
Now take your felt shapes and cut a small slit in the center with scissors. Insert a brad though each one, and insert the whole thing into the holes you just drilled.
Open up the box. Here’s what it looks like.
Cut slits into the ribbon where you had previously marked with your pencil. Then insert the brads through each hole.
Normally, you’d open up the two brads completely. But I was afraid of poking myself or the girls with those pointy ends, so instead, I used my jewelry pliers to bend the brad ends backward into a loop. Then, push them down so the brad is holding onto the ribbon (and the felt shapes) tightly.
Okay let’s try it! Yay it works!
Now for the other ribbon up front. Repeat everything…
…except you’ll clip on binder clips, upside down.
I hung the hair elastics according to category. Let’s hope this helps shave off a minute or two from our morning routine!
Now to fill the rest of the box. I’m keeping their bobby pins on the magnetic pin cushion, and next to that, I’ve filled a cake mold with their hair nets and bun wraps for ballet.
The other cake mold will hold their school spirit bows. And here’s a good look at their hair clips up on the lid. I might add another ribbon to the back wall of the box for more hair clips, but I’ll give it a few weeks…maybe this is enough. These are really the only ones they wear! Oh, and there’s plenty of room for their hair brushes. They can just place them on top. I can also place the cake mold on top of the pin cushion to make more room.
Here’s our Hair Clip Organizer stowed in our bathroom drawer. But as mentioned, the box is portable and lightweight, so I can do their hair anywhere in the house.
Before and After. Here’s to a more organized and a less grumpy-in-the-morning 2016!
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