One of my favorite things to do when I’m stumped for a hybrid project idea is to go to the craft store clearance aisle and try to spend no more than $5 on something I can alter.
This week I found these clearanced alphabet hooks ($1.70 each–yes, I know that’s a bit over my $5 limit!) at Hobby Lobby and knew they’d make a perfect organizing solution for my 8-year-old’s messy room! (Am I optimistic or what?!)
I chose to work with two kits from Sarah Jones–one for the papers, and the other for the alpha and tags. The Put Me in Coach papers had the perfect color scheme for a Star-Wars-y boy’s room, and Up, Up and Away‘s alphabet fit perfectly on the wood blocks.
The blocks on my hooks measured 2.5 inches wide and 3.25 inches tall.
I started a new 8×10 canvas in PhotoShop Elements, and used the marquee tool to create three 2.5×3.25 rectangle clipping masks, clipping on three different papers from Put Me in Coach. The Up, Up and Away alphabet was the perfect size for the blocks, and there was also plenty of room on my 8×10 canvas for three tags from the kit. I loved the free font Masked Marvel for the tag descriptions–perfect for a boyish bedroom!
After printing, I used my old standby gel medium to adhere the alpha rectangles to the hooks; when they were dry, I sanded the edges lightly to be sure they were flush, then gave the blocks a topcoat of gel medium. I adhered the tags to heavy cardstock for stability, before punching and tying them on to the hooks with baker’s twine.
This was a fun, simple project that could be perfect for any room and any season! Try it with or without a name or word, with sophisticated patterned papers or fun kiddie style, a single pretty hook or a set of coordinated ones.
Consider an all-season word (HOME, LOVE, FAMILY, HEART), seasonal messages (BOO, NOEL, JOY, GIVE), names, or first intials of your family members. Have fun with papers and words, giving mass-produced hooks your own flair!
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