Okay you ladies that deem yourself as not having a crafty bone in your body…this tutorial you will love! Now, of course, there are TONS of ways to customize and create an apron…this post is not going to touch on any of those. I originally saw this idea in a Martha Stewart magazine years ago. These would make super cute Christmas gifts to go along with some homeade cookies or some other finger licking good food…

Supplies: Heat-n-Bond tape, ribbon, bandana, Fray Check


Step 1: Cut your ribbon long enough to go across the width of the bandana and wrap around a body…tied in a bow. Apply Fray Check to ribbon ends to prevent fraying.

Step 2: Cut your Heat-n-Bond tape the width of the bandana

Step 3: Iron on the Heat-n-Bond1109apron-2

Step 4: Remove the paper backing from the Heat-n-Bond

Step 5: Center your ribbon on the center of the bandana

Step 6: Turn ribbon and bandana over to iron together. If the ribbon has a print on it, the iron can mess that up if you iron directly on it.


Step 7: Pose like you are a rockstar for pictures.1109apron-4

I love these aprons because they are inexpensive and cute…which means I feel free to use it alot without worrying about messing it up. If you know a big sports fan you could make it out of the colors of their team….OSU an orange bandana with the polka dot black ribbon.

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  • ashlee - your rockstar pose is right on…have you been practicing?! So this is what my girls, 11 & 9, are making for anyone they want for Christmas! great idea!

  • ElleBows - You are too cute!!!!

  • karen brown - LOVE this one for the little girls! My 5 year old would totally wear this and think she was big time!

  • Amy Tietsort - Ashley,

    I attempted to make an apron tonight. My ribbon is not adhering to the bandana. Do you have any suggestions or answers to why it might not be sticking?

    Love the idea and was going to give as Thanksgiving gifts for Christmas aprons.


  • AshleyAnn - Amy – I am not sure. I just followed the instructions on the Heat and Bond, you might review those. Make sure you iron settings are what the directions say…

  • katie - Just made 5 of these aprons for family for Christmas. They are TOO cute! I love matching the bandanas with all different kinds of ribbon! Thanks so much for such a great, easy idea that turns out so cute!

  • Flea - Have you made the tutus with ribbon and tulle? Those are frighteningly simple, and absolutely adorable.

  • Cat - I just made two of these for my nieces as an early Christmas present. (They’ll need them for baking cookies at Christmas and this way it won’t seem like I’m spoiling them on Christmas day! ;-) I made one with a pink bandana and one with a purple bandana, their favorite colors. Even used the polka dot ribbon! Great craft, thanks!

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  • Andrea @ The Train To Crazy - Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?

  • Semalee - This is it! This is it! Thank you thank you thank you! This is the perfect partner to the homemade vanilla I made in hopes of turning it into a cute teacher’s gift! Yay! Thanks!

    Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

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  • Renae - I love this idea!! Going to make a couple for Christmas presents this year!!

  • Renae - Thanks for the great idea! This is going a perfect b-day gift for one of my friends!

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  • Liz - love the tutorial however I cannot print it prints only a corner of the site. Is tehre a way to print the full tutorial? Anyone else having printing problems. Tried in several nets ie explorer, chrome etc. thanks

  • marianne - I’m thrilled to get this idea–have so many gifts to make for family members. Can’t wait to start!

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  • danielle - I love that this is no sew – and so cute too!

  • danielle - Love it!I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

  • debbie - can this be put into the washer with the iron on adhesive with out it coming apart?

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Not sure about you, but I have TONS of little scraps of paper that is just too pretty to throw away. So what’s better than making a set of custom magnets instead of throwing all that cuteness away. I saw the idea here on Sei Lifestyle, her’s are super cute with sewing to boot.

I kept mine pretty fast and simple. Coffee sleeves provide the base.

Cut your coffee sleeves with a 1 1/2 inch circle punch. Do the same with various papers or stickers…use Mod Podge to glue them all together. Top it all off with a coat of Mod Podge then attach a magnet to the back.1109magnets-021109magnets-03

Add a bit of cute wrapping and you have yourself a fun stocking stuffer. I think this would be a great idea for girls to make for their friends…they would stick to lockers.


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  • Donna Rankin - Hey Ashley — after visiting ya’ll in OK, Katy was excited to show me your blog. It’s full of wonderful ideas and beautiful pictures of your kids. I used to do crafting when my kids were little too. Makes me want to get back into it. : ) Katy and I talked about trying the clothespins using recycled Christmas cards to hold next year’s cards. I’ll keep you posted on that…..

    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Aunt Donna

  • Tonia Darge - Love this!!! I told my husband I will start this craft by going to Starbucks every day for week in order to collect enough coffee sleeves. Makes sense, right?!!!

  • Kelli - Ashley, I’d like to try this craft as I have TONS of scrap paper and have been saving coffee sleeves. I don’t have a circle punch though and I’m wondering what you’d recommend. Are there brands that make one punch with multiple sized circles or would I have to buy a separate punch for each different size of circle I’d want. I’m not sure how you respond to peoples’ comments here, but I’d greatly appreciate a response via email if you don’t mind: kellisblinn@gmail.com Thanks, Kelli Blinn

I’ve always dreamed of a cute, well-organized closet, but mine is far from that. My daughter’s, however, is shaping up quite cutely. Remember the hangers I made? Well, now there are dividers too. Necessary…probably not. Fun to make…yes. Good gift idea for your next baby shower or a Christmas present for a new mom…you bet (especially combined with the hangers)!

Supplies: paint, scrapbooking paper, Mod Podge, # stickers, wooden letter “O”s1109closetdivider-01

Paint the back. Trace onto paper. Glue paper to wood.1109closetdivider-02

Trim paper. Add stickers for the sizes. Top coat with Mod Podge.1109closetdivider-03

Step back and enjoy your cute new closet.1109closetdividers-04

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  • Jessica Payne - This was my favorite thing! I loved this idea.

  • Ann McNellis - Just wondering how you get the “o” on the rod if it is mounted in the closet already? Did you open it up somehow?

    Thanks for all the great ideas last night. I had a great time!

  • Meagan - So cute! Beautiful closet!

  • AshleyAnn - Ann – all the rods in our closets have one side that has a section cut out so you can easily remove the rod….

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  • Nina - I have a little girl due in June and I just want to thank you so much for this insanely cute idea! I love it so much! Lauren directed me to it and I am so greatful! We have been given so many things and now I am going to actually be able to sort through all of her beautiful clothes! Thank you Ashley!

  • Christy - http://christyandpatrick.blogspot.com/2010/05/crafty-christy.html

    Just wanted to let you know that I “borrowed” your closet divider idea and made my own. I blogged about it- and gave you a “shout out”!

    I love your blog- you give me wonderful ideas!

    Keep up the work,
    Christy from Alabama :)

  • Chuzai Living - Great ideas!! I love the colors and patterns. -Kaho

  • caddibags - Did you make the darling coat hangers, too? If so, where did you find small wooden hangers?

  • Elysia - I just made these today and LOVE them! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Hope - I know this is an older post of yours so I hope you get this! Thanks for such a cute idea :) Can you PLEASE tell me what line that scrapbook paper is from??? I’m going crazy trying to find it! Thanks

  • reyanna - Hope, those papers are Great Escape by Making Memories. :-) Those papers are double-sided, so when searching online, if you don’t see those *exact* ones, it means they’re on the “B side” of the other papers. :-) Good luck!

  • Michelle - Paper is My Minds Eye – “Pretty Please”

  • Steph @ Crafting in the Rain - Those look great. Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Judy - How do you get the round closet dividers on the rod?

  • Camilla Blue - Love. Love. Love. I am so going to make these. My girls are older and share a room, so I’ll do a twist, probably dividing by clothing type…

  • deb - May I ask where you got the Wooden Os?

  • Carrie @ Half Baked - Oh, I LOVE this! I’ve been wanting to make some dividers for my daughter’s closet. You’ve inspired me to get at it!

  • Keshia - Are those baby TOMS that I see?!

  • nannykins - how did you attach the “o”s if they don’t have a break in them? do you remove the rod? and if you need to move the “o”s do you remove the entire rod with clothes again? What did I miss?

  • Ali - I love these! Where did you buy the wooden O’s?

  • AshleyAnn - Hobby Lobby!

  • Kerri - Love this idea! I used pieces of ribbon tied into knots, then wrote the sizes on the tails. It worked pretty good, but this is even better! Thank you for the idea!

  • Alyssa - I am wondering where you got the tool to trim the paper around the O’s. I can’t cut well enough to make it perfect! Thanks

  • Sarah - I found this on Pinterest and used your DIY as a guide to make my own! I also cut out a few steps and added a tie on detail. I did link back to your blog post as the original idea :-) Here’s my version: http://mymississippimudpie.blogspot.com/2011/11/its-been-while.html

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  • Sarah - Alyssa-That’s an exacto knife. You can get them at craft stores & probably hardware stores too.

    Everyone asking about putting the O’s onto the curtain rod: READ THE COMMENTS! It’s been mentioned more than once that the author has removable rods. If you don’t have removable rods, you’ll have to modify this project.

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  • Caryn - I was wondering if anyone knows of where I can find the O’s besides Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately we don’t have one near us :/

  • Kym - Thanking you for sharing. These are gorgeous. I’ve made a cardboard version that hung over the hanger but they get lost amongst the clothes. I’m also wondering though how you got them on the actual rod.

  • Sarah Lentini - What size “O” did you use? I have either found really big ones or really small ones. Was there a height listed on the package? Thanks.

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  • Melissa - I love this idea! found your site thru Pinterest, have a great day!

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  • Amber - I was wondering how I could get this on my rod. Is is screwed to the wall and it is to much trouble to remove. Thanks for any suggestions.

    P.S. Would it work if I cut a small piece of the wood ring off and slipped it on? But the wooden o rings would probably not move to slip it on and I don’t want to cut such a big hole that it will fall off. Is there something else I could use besides the wooden ring to make it work.

    Thanks again.

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  • Mary - I went to two craft stores in my town and neither one had “O” letters in the medium size range. However in the floral department they had 6″ floral craft rings that were the perfect size!

  • Zilla - Where did you buy the letter “O” I can’t find them in packages like that anywhere. Such a cute idea thanks for sharing!

  • AshleyAnn - Zilla – I got my “O” letters from Hobby Lobby

  • Kris Anne - Do these look like the right size? You can order them online: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/1-3/4-wood-letter-o-214882/

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  • Jan - If your closet rod doesn’t come of. Try using the wooden letter C or G instead. I can’t wait to try this. I want to keep my short-sleeves separate from the long-sleeves, and light-weight from warmer weight.

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  • lisa - I think you could also use foam board for the circle dividers, but you’d need a wood one for a pattern. If your closet rod is mounted to the wall on both sides, the foam divider could be easily slit to go over the rod. My local Dollar Tree carries the foam board in poster-size sheets.

  • Monika - I have a little girl due in May, and this was just added to my “project list” for the weekend! Thanks :)