Wooden Belt Organizer

Happy Fall Y’all!

It’s starting to cool down in Georgia, but it’s still hot af in this craft room haha! I wanted to share another project I did recently that helped with a little pet peeve I never knew existed.

Not too long ago, one of our friends had given me a broken stick from his back yard. I wish I could say that I’m the kind of person that would turn down free shit I don’t need, but I’m not. I took the stick but it sat on the banister of our stairs for a long ass time. Like really, what was I going to do with a broken stick? But then one day, something incredible happened…

So there I was watching an episode of Man Versus Wild with Bear Grylls climbing on some snowy mountain side. I looked over to my left which is where my boyfriend’s closet is, and what do I see? Belts. Belts just thrown over the top of the door all willy nilly, and it was then that I thought of something I could do to fix that.

I decided I was going to glue that stick together and turn it into a belt organizer for my boyfriend. I was lucky in that I had nearly all of the materials I wanted from other projects I’ve done in the past. If you’re interested, here’s what I had:

  • Elmer’s Glue-All
  • Sandpaper (I used a dry wall sanding sponge because that’s what I had on hand)
  • Wood Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • A drill
  • Rope
  • Hooks (this was the only thing I had to buy off Amazon)

With all those things in hand, all I needed to do was:

  1. Glue the stick together where it had broken and let it sit for a day.
  2. Sand it down to get rid of any potential splinters.
  3. Drill a hole at both ends of the stick.
  4. Stain it with the wood stain.
  5. Coat it in a layer of polyurethane. I think it’s recommended that you do at least 2 coats, but this project wasn’t serious enough for me to care about a second coat. Let it dry for at least a day.
  6. Take the hooks and screw them in.
  7. Thread the rope through the holes and tie a knot at the ends.

That’s literally it. This was a super easy project to do, and once you have all of these materials, you can apply them to other projects like making a necklace holder or something. Just take a look at what you have in your own backyard and think about all the wonderful things it can be!

Until next time!

Family Pillows

Let me tell you about one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done! These personalized pillows were the perfect way to use up some extra fabric and burn some time on a Saturday morning.

I started with a 12 x 22 inch pillow insert from Hobby Lobby and 2 pieces of fabric cut to a half inch larger than the pillow insert (12.5 x 22.5 inches). Then I watched a video similar to this one on YouTube, but if you just search “how to sew a pillow” on YouTube, you’ll find tons of great videos that work for you.

One thing that is super important to remember is to sew all 4 sides, BUT make sure you leave an opening big enough for the pillow insert to go in. Honestly, sometimes I forget this step and end up with a pillow case that is sewn inside out and no way to flip it inside out.

Anyways, after I stuffed the pillow insert in, I closed the gap left by sewing together the opening. I personally ran it through the sewing machine, but it’s recommended to hand-finish that gap.

Lastly, I added iron-on vinyl using my Cricut machine and the heat press. I couldn’t find the font I used, but a few of my favorites are Hellena Script, Jasmine, and Wisdom Script.

These two are out the door and have been given as gifts, so the next time you have a housewarming party to go to or need a quick and easy homemade gift, try out these personalized pillows!