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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Princess Dress Closet {diy}

If you happen to have a daughter under the age of 6 or 7, odds are she loves princesses.
If she loves princesses, odds are that she has a growing collection of all the Disney princess dresses!
My daughter thinks she has to have every princess and every fairy outfit and storing them was becoming difficult.
They used to sit in a cube on her shelf, then they outgrew that.
Then they were in her Hello Kitty rolling suitcase, then they outgrew that.
Not only was the collection outgrowing its container, but she couldn't find the ones she wanted when they were buried at the bottom.
That's when I found an old microwave cart for sale for $5:

Making it was very easy, and very inexpensive. 
I didn't think to measure the length of the cart to the length of the dresses and some of them are a bit long. 
But we just pulled the end of the skirt up through the hanger and they all hang just fine! My directions are for how I did this with a microwave cart, adjust as you need :)

Materials needed:
  • Microwave cart
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint primer
  • Paint
  • 1/2 inch wooden dowel
  • Saw
  • Hot glue
1) First I removed the wheels from the base and unscrewed the middle shelf:

2) Then we set to work priming it and painting it (I found paint in the clearance section at the Walmart paint counter for $4 a quart)

3) Cut the dowel to the length inside of the cart

4) Hot glue the rod in place. I glued several rings of hot glue all around the dowel where it touches the sides of wood

5) Paint exterior as wanted - my daughter wanted her name, so I printed it out, traced it with a pencil so it left an indent in the paint, and then painted over it:

6) Put the dresses on hangers and hang up!

* I also made a shoe box to corral all the princess shoes
  • Cardboard box
  • Xacto knife
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue or adhesive spray
  • Scissors
1) Using the xacto knife, cut the flaps off the top of the box

2) Cut the fabric to the length needed to cover the inside and outside sides of the box

3) Glue the fabric in place

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