Let me give a little back story here...we travel a lot in the summer, the boys and I, and this one particular summer about 3 years ago I had the irritating habit of leaving my sunglasses at home before every road trip we made. Now if you drive, and I know that most of you do, you will know that you cannot make a road trip without sunglasses. So I found myself stopping at truck stops, service islands and drugstores across America to buy another cheap pair of sunglasses to get me through the drive. By summer's end, I had 9 pairs. I agree, it was ridiculous. And more importantly, where was I going to put them all?
When we were finally home for the summer, I sat in the kitchen trying to think of a way to store all of the sunglasses. I wanted them to be easy to find, easy to access and to be near the, ahem...organizer where I dump my keys. Which was already overflowing. The only open space was on the wall. So this is what I came up with.
At this point we are down to a reasonable number of sunglasses but this system will accommodate many, many more (trust me). And the best part is, it's out in the open so it is very easy to remember to hang up your sunglasses which in turn makes them easy to find! Now the keys? That's a different story. We are still working on that system...
For this project you will need:
- a bulletin board, mirror, shelf etc. hanging in a convenient spot (see the variations if you don't have this)
- (2-3) large cup hooks (they do not require pre-drilling)
- (1) 3/8 dowel in the length needed to fit your frame ( I used a skinny one but really just about any size will do. Just keep your diameter in mind when shopping for hooks)
- paint or stain
- Little People (or any other finial you might like)
This project is about as easy as they come. First, paint or stain your dowel to match or coordinate with your frame. If you add some fancy details or you are worried about scratching the paint, feel free to add a few coats of your favorite sealer.
Once your paint is dry it is time to add your finials. If you are adding Little People you can just slide them on over the ends without drilling. I have only added mine with double-stick tape (what if I want to play with them later?) but you can use hot glue if you want them to be permanently attached.
Now grab your frame and eyeball a good distance to install your cup hooks on either end to support your dowel. I had to deal with the wall phone so my hooks are way off center. Keep your individual space in mind when measuring. If you have a very long dowel and lots of sunglasses you might want to add a cup hook in the center as well to keep it from bowing. Once you have your cup hooks in, pop your dowel on there, add your sunglasses and just like that! You are organized. At least, your sunglasses are...
This system, like the first and second, also has a bunch of variations. Some that I thought about include adding regular finials to make it a little more sophisticated (or just different toys that you might be partial to), using a branch, rope, or other found item in place of the dowel, wrapping the dowel in ribbon or fabric or decoupage, hanging the dowel from ribbon loops or chain... Also, if you have no frame or shelf in a good spot, you could just use a cafe curtain rod alone or a dowel through eyelet screws in the wall or a dish towel bar...and of course this system would work for reading glasses in any other area of your home...
Ok, I think you get the idea. Have fun with it!