I know that every mom has that little stash of socks that come out of the dryer without a match. Where do you hide yours? In a pile in your kids drawer or in a stack in the washroom? What if there was a way to keep those socks organized so you can find their mates and decorate your laundry area at the same time?
I got tired of digging through my ugly lonely sock pile, so I went to Pinterest (as always) and found the solution. I don’t necessarily like just copying things I see on Pinterest, I like to take the ideas and give them a spunky edge!
I decided to make a cute little decorative sock holder. Here’s how you can make & customize one of your very own!
Wooden Plaque (any shape)
Clothespins (5-10 depending on size of plaque)
Fabric or Scrapbook Paper
Hot Glue Gun/Glue
Lonely Socks, of course!
Paint your plaque around the edges (I picked a color that matched the paper I had chosen for the front)
While you’ve got your paint out, go ahead and paint the top side of the clothespins. I painted eight because I wasn’t sure how many I was going to use. I ended up using six. The paint color of plaque and pin is the same, the pics just had different lighting.
After your plaque is dry, use it as a stencil to trace and cut out the fabric or paper that will line the front. Trace and cut the whole outside shape of the plaque – if it has grooves or inner beveling, you will trim it in a later step. I had extra plaques for other projects so I did this step while the other things were drying.
Now it’s time to glue. Up until this point, I had never used Mod Podge. I didn’t know how to use it or what it would turn out like but I’m thoroughly impressed with the way it turned out. I will definitely be utilizing Mod Podge for many crafts in the future!
“Paint” the glue all over the front side of plaque covering the whole surface area that you plan to place paper on. Be careful not to go too far over the edge with the glue because it will be harder to remove the paper edge in the next step. Place the paper/fabric on the plaque and use a credit card to smooth it out.
For lack of any better choices, I used Print Shop (which I LOVE) to make the little “lonely socks” and printed it out on regular white printer paper. You could use colored paper, card stock, or if you’re lucky enough to have a Cricut, you could use that. Brush glue where you want the words, stick them down, then brush glue over the top of the words to seal them.
At this point, go ahead and use an exacto knife or some thing sharp (I used a scissor blade because I’m ghetto) to trim away the excess paper from the edges of the plaque. Now brush the Mod Podge over the entire surface of the plaque including the edges to seal the paper.
Isn’t it looking just so pretty? Of course! When the glue is dry (or not tacky) it is time to glue the clothespins. I’m sure anyone who has used hot glue knows that you have to work super fast and this was no exception. I laid out the pins before I glued just to make sure I had them right. Place hot glue on the NON PAINTED side of the clothespin and stick it on the plaque making sure to hang it over the edge a bit.
Do you have all the clothespins glued on and stuck good? Alright, moving on. Cut a length of ribbon 6-8 inches (however long you want it to hang). Flip your plaque over and hot glue the ribbon to each end making a hanging loop.
Flip your plaque back over and look what you’ve made! Go you! Yes, I know there was quite a few steps but it’s not like you’re building a house, it’s easy enough. If you’re pressed for time, you can do a step each day and before you know it, you’re done! So find a cute spot and some lonely socks and get to hanging!