Do you have a little girl in your life? Chances are if you do, you have an excessive amount of bows like our house does. There’s nothing cuter than a little girl with a bow or headband! I’m all for organizing and having accessories easy to grab. After looking around for different types of bow storage, I decided to just make my own. It was super easy to do and very affordable (my favorite combinations)! Follow these simple steps to make your own.
- Two 1″ by 48″ Wooden Dowels
- Curtain Rings with Clips
- Rod Holder
- Stain color of your choice-I used Miniwax water-based Early American
- Water-based wood conditioner
- Water-based polycrylic Topcoat
- Small brush to apply topcoat
- Stain Applicator (I used a lint free cloth)
- Miter Saw or you could have Lowes cut them to size for you.
Now that you’ve got your supplies, you’re ready to start. The first step is to cut your dowels to size. I measured the space I wanted to put it and decided to make mine 18″ long. I used my miter saw to cut two dowels at 18″ but you can always have them cut to size at Lowes or Home Depot if you don’t own a saw.
The next step is to stain them! I always use wood conditioner before I stain. It helps to make the staining more even and less splotchy. After you have applied the wood conditioner and let it dry (about 15 min) you can stain. You can choose whatever color of stain you want. I chose to use Miniwax Early American. It’s a water based stain and I love it! It’s really easy to clean up after and it doesn’t smell horrible. I just used a lint free cloth that I had to apply the stain to the dowels. I put the stain on with the cloth and then quickly wiped it off with another clean cloth so the stain didn’t saturate too much. After the stain dried, I used a brush to put the polyacrylic topcoat on to seal it.
Next, I got the rod holders and measured exactly where I wanted them to be. I just picked up my drill and screwed one side into the wall. I temporarily put one of the dowels in place so I could use my level and make sure the other rod holder was where it needed to be. Then I screwed the second side into place.
After you have all the rod holders up, you can slide the curtain rings onto the dowels. Then just put the dowels in place and TA-DA! Instant bow storage. Last step is just clipping all those fabulous bows and headbands on. It looks great and feels great to have all those accessories organized! If you liked this project, follow me on instagram for more home projects @spetrichhome