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Okay so my 8 year old daughter has never been into Barbies or babies or dollies or anything of the sort. She IS, however, OBSESSED with stuffed animals. She has 8,864,375 of them and in my recent mission to GET EVERYTHING OFF THE FLOOR I have been researching various methods of how to get our house more organized and tidy.
This is pretty much my daily mission. Our house is OLD – almost 70 years old – and while it’s been updated there is still zero storage or closet space and I literally lie awake at night thinking of ways to stash things away.
Anyway, back to the task at hand.
While the baby napped this morning I was struck by an idea, no idea where it came from. Ten minutes later I had strung up two stuffed animal “caddys” if you will, and they are FANTASTIC!
Here is what you will need:
- a spool of thin ribbon
a silver key chain ring (I literally took two off my own car keys and merged my keys onto other rings)
First you will need to measure how much ribbon you will need – this is basically from the floor to the ceiling, plus a few inches extra for tying it off.
Then, to begin you tie a knot almost at the bottom of one end of the ribbon. These knots are what the clothes pins will sit on top of. The knots will keep them in place and keep them from moving once the weight of the toys is on them. So this first not will be where the lowest toy will sit.
Now you’re going to thread the ribbon through the little metal spring inside the clothes pin. In order to do this I just took a bobby pin, pulled the rubber ends off and hooked it through the ribbon, feeding the pin through the spring and it brought the ribbon with it…
Once the clothes pin is on, slide it all the way down until it is sitting on that bottom knot.
I chose to lay two clothes pins on top of each other on each knot, one to clip a toy on the left and one to clip a toy on the right, to maximize space.
You then tie another knot, and continue the process. I chose to tie my knots about 6 inches apart, but it depends on the size of the toys you are clipping, so it’s up to you.
Once you have slid the clothes pins onto all the knots it will look like this:
Take the silver key ring and tie the very top of the ribbon to it, I double knotted it very tightly and trimmed off the frayed edge.
Once this was done I simply used a heavy duty nail and hammered it into the wall on an angle so that I could hook the ring over it. I attached the bazillion stuffed animals and VOILA!
I was literally done in 10 minutes, AND I made two of them. Like I said.. my daughter is cuckoo for these things. So happy with how it turned out and now she has easy access to all her favourites!