This super easy hair accessory pedestal will have your daughter’s (or your own) dresser organized in no time. If you’ve got a little girl, or a head full of hair that constantly needs accessorizing, you probably have headbands, hair wraps, hair bows, and an assortment of other coif couture strewn all over the dresser or bathroom counter. If they get put in a box or drawer, they can’t be seen and so they inevitably end up lying around somewhere taking up precious counter space.
Well, this handy little craft will not only give those hair goods a lovely place to live, but it will make them look great right out in the open in a completely organized fashion. You’ll find my supply checklist at the bottom of this post for easy reference and feel free to ad-lib to your personal preferences.
1) Start with an empty oatmeal carton.
You know, those cylinder shaped cardboard containers with a plastic lid full of quick oats. Nothing fancy and if you’re not an oatmeal-for-breakfast fan, consider bagging them up to use for a couple batches of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (YUM!) Clean it out well and wipe inside and out with a dry cloth to remove any oat dust.
2) Choose your paper and ribbon for decorating.
For my pedestal, I chose a black and silver damask gift wrap sheet from Paper Source. I love their papers because you don’t have to buy a full roll – they sell a gorgeous assortment of papers in single sheets that are the perfect size to make even TWO of these projects (one to keep and one to share). Regardless of where you get it, choose a THICKER paper so it doesn’t tear easily and you can’t see through it. Since we are leaving the oatmeal label on this one, you don’t want it showing through. Oh, and those scrapbook sheets are NOT wide enough to make it around, so don’t waste the time with those unless you want to piece your pattern. Pick some fun ribbon – a nice complimentary pattern or bright contrast. In this case, I chose 2 ribbons in different widths so I could layer them around the edge.
3) Pick your hardware.
By hardware, I am referring to the base of your pedestal and the knob or handle at the top. I picked up an old candlestick from a thrift store, and a single pretty drawer pull from Hobby Lobby. Combined they cost me under $9. Be sure whatever you use for your pedestal base has a good heavy footing to balance the weight.
4) Cover your container.
Remove the container lid and measure your container from bottom to top, with your measurement being at just below the rim of the container. I measured to 9 1/4″ to cut my paper. The ribbon is going to cover the edge so it doesn’t have to be exact, but you don’t want it going over.
Mark your paper (on the back) at the appropriate measurement and cut with an exacto or sharp scissors. I use an exacto on a cutting board, and used a large cookie sheet to create a straight edge to cut against. No need for anything fancy, just use what you have around the house.
For paper crafts, especially on curved surfaces, I suggest using Paper Source PVA glue for bookbinding and paper arts. It smooths out nicely and dries clear.
You will want to paint it on with a soft bristle brush, starting with a line down the side of the container and the edge of the paper just under the lip of the container. Brush the cylinder with the glue, creating a thin smooth layer a little bit at a time.
Be sure to smooth the paper down by hand or with a straight edge like a plastic spatula to press out any dimples or air bubbles. Do this carefully so you don’t rip the paper. Once you get the paper all the way around, overlap your edge just a bit and paint the glue on the back of the paper to secure and smooth out the final edge.
Apply your ribbon in a similar fashion. I used a low temp glue gun for my ribbon so I could work with it quickly and not burn my hands. Hot glue works a bit better with ribbon so you don’t end up with glue seeping through the ribbon.
5) Add your pedestal base.
Depending on the material your pedestal is made from, chose an appropriate glue. My candlestick was painted wood, so hot glue worked for me, but if you are using glass or plastic, you may want to choose something stronger. Because my candlestick had a “pin” in the middle to mount the candle, I was able to mark the center of my container bottom and poke the pin through the cardboard to make sure it was centered.
I quickly added the glue to the rim of the candlestick and pin, and set the container down on top of the base. I then covered the pin on the inside with a little bead of more glue to keep it from poking any hands that reach inside. It’s not going anywhere now!
6) Make your container top.
Using your exacto blade, carefully cut the edge off the plastic container lid to create a flat lid. Be sure to cut the lid a little smaller than the size of the opening. You want the finished circle to fit fairly snugly down INSIDE the container, not on top, without getting stuck.
Poke a hole in the center of your lid and insert your knob post to make sure it fits properly. You want to do this BEFORE you paint your plastic so you don’t have to over handle it after painting.
Once you’ve cut the plastic, simply cover it with an even coat of spray paint in your preferred color. I had black gloss Rustoleum around the house, so that’s what I used. Paint the side of the lid that will go inside first and after it dries, flip it over and paint the outside. Re-coat as needed.
Give your paint ample time to dry before attaching your knob/handle. (You don’t want a finger print pattern on your lid.) I used a mercury glass knob that came with a washer and nut for secure fitting.
The screw will of course extend out a bit inside, but that was fine with me. If you mad craft skills and have a dremel tool handy, and know how to use it, you can cut it off.
Now, to keep the lid from just falling through the container, I applied several raised dots of hot glue just inside the edge of the container, about 1/4 of an inch down (just under the plastic rim) to act as “stoppers” to keep the lid from going too far down inside. Another quick alternative (if you have them around) would be to use those little rubber cushions for under glass table tops or stick-on felt cushions for doors, chair legs, etc.
And there you have it! Super cute, super easy, and super inexpensive. Now you can wrap those headbands around the cylinder and stuff the bows, ribbons and wraps inside it.
You could really use this container, with the lid or without, for all sorts of things – jewelry, dried flowers, hair brushes, kitchen tools, whatever floats your boat, AND it would make a great gift.
Here’s my supply list:
- Oatmeal container
- Candlestick or pedestal type base
- Decorative cabinet knob or handle with washer and nut
- Thick paper
- Paper Source PVA glue for bookbinding and paper arts
- Exacto blade, scissors or paper cutter
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Ribbon – I used 7/8″ & 3/8″
- Glue gun and low temp glue
- Spray paint suitable for plastic
If you get some time to make this one, be sure to send me a photo of your finished product so I can share it with our readers. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy crafting everyone!
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