With an 11″x14″ canvas, the paint from the kids room wall, a staple gun, the bits of ribbon still in a keepsake box from my daughters baby shower and about twenty minutes we were done!
Painted the canvas (including the sides), took about 5 minute including cleaning out the brush. The kids room is green on the wainscoting, white chair rail and yellow above it. So I used the lovey Behr grass cloth green.
Once dry lay out your ribbon, pay attention to the colors and spacing. I did the top and bottom so they were spaced the same, then placed the middle one. Filled in the other two (keeping in mind that some clips are big and others are small. I also added in a thin one for all the little claw clips. Make sure the ribbon you use is a little on the hefty side, an organza type ribbon is going to shred pretty fast. You can always cut off an replace a piece if it starts to get tattered!
While holding them in place just flip it over and start stapling. An easy way to make sure they aren’t going diagonally is stapling down one side, then pulling the ribbon all the way around to the side you have already stapled. If you don’t have a good eye for making things even DO use a ruler. Go ahead and make sure the ribbon is taught, the weight of the clips is going to pull down. You can always go back and tighten and restaple if you need to. The canvas has enough of an over hang you could just put up a couple nails, but I think adding a ribbon to hang it off of will prevent it from continuously falling off the wall. I did use a lighter weight for this, so I tied a loose knot and stapled through that so it wouldn’t tear from the weight.
You’re done! Now show your little girl and let her start adding her pretties to it.
So was SO excited! “It’s for me?!?” What a proud little girl and she organized them all by herself, of course.
This project literally cost me nothing, but if you don’t have a canvas that’s all you would have to purchase. Though you could use and old frame (take out the glass) and paint both the frame and backing the same color.
This would also be a GREAT shower gift. Find out what color background they prefer and bring your staple gun to the shower. Use the ribbons from the gifts – do make sure mommy to be is okay with it. Not only will they have something to corral their little girl’s hair things for years to come, it is all the more special because of the history it represents!