The arrival of the cooler temps and changing leaves means that old man winter is on his way. This means it is time to dig out all of your cold weather accessories, including mittens, hats, scarves, and more. If your house is like mine, this means your hallway is about to turn into mitten mayhem, with mittens and cold weather accessories tossed all over the place. This year, we decided to avoid this mayhem by creating this easy upcycled yardstick mitten holder instead. It was so easy to make, and in the end only cost us around $2. Take a look below at how you can avoid mitten mayhem this year too with this fun and frugal DIY project.
DIY Yardstick Mitten Holder
1 wooden yardstick
Assorted wooden clothespins ($1 at local dollar store)
Hot glue, glue gun
You can find yardsticks at most home improvement stores, but check local thrift stores or yard sales first. I found the one we used for just $1 at a yard sale. It was an old advertising pieces for a publishing company, and since I love to write it was perfect for this project and reflecting me. If you can find a yardstick with advertising on it that is sentimental to you (features your town, city, workplace, etc.) then grab it! If not no worries, you can always paint your yardstick with any color or decor you wish to make it personal.
1. Begin by deciding how many pins you want on your stick. Use the handy measurements on the yardstick to space them out evenly. We used four clothespins on ours spacing them every few inches.
2. Apply a generous dab of glue to the yardstick and press the clothespin firmly to it. Make sure the mouth of the pin is facing downward.
3. While your pins are drying, you can prepare the piece for hanging. Using the measurements on the yardstick again, place the screws about 2 inches in from the end of the stick. Use a hammer to gently tap the screws into the wood giving them a head start.
4. Now you want to decide where your holder will go. You can use a leveler if you would like to make sure you hang it nice and even. Hold it to the wall while you use a screw driver to secure the screws into place.
We hung our yardstick in a hallway near our front door for easy access. We also kept is fairly low so the kids could easily access it. So far it has been great at keeping our accessories organized, plus it just looks so charming!
How easy was that? Give this easy upcycled yardstick mitten holder a try and see how easy (and cute) keeping your cold weather accessories can be!