Hanging Book Storage

Guess what day it is?! It’s the 15th, which means it’s time for another Home Depot Gift Challenge!  Every month, one of our 12 bloggers chooses an item from our beloved Home Depot as well as designates recipient (mom, spouse, teacher, etc.) and we all make a gift for that person using the chosen item in some way.  None of us knows what the others are doing until we all reveal them today!  Unless someone sneaks a peek at our group graphic the night before, which I would never do ;)

DIY Copper Magazine Rack for The Home Depot Gift Challenge - Table & Hearth

**This challenge is not sponsored in any way by Home Depot, we just love them and pretty much live there so we’d thought this would be fun…**

Last month we made items from copper pipe fittings for our significant others.  This month, the item was chosen by Lindi over at Love Create Celebrate.  The item she chose was wooden dowels and we were to make a gift for a child.  My first reaction was oh geez!  We don’t have any kiddos yet and wasn’t sure what a child (or their parents) may really need and use that I could make with dowels.  The closest little nugget near and dear to me is one of my friends’ 14-month old little boy so I knew I’d be making something for him.  Everything I thought of seemed like he could hurt himself on it, so I put it off…and put it off…and finally thought of how the the little dude loves his books, and a place to store those which he could easily use (or at least help use) popped into my head.

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!affiliatedisclosureshort

There are minimal supplies, and zero sewing…yay!

{Supplies for Hanging Book Holder}

(12) screw eyes – I used #8
(6) large buttons
(3) 48″ x 1/2″ wooden dowels – cut in half
cotton rope – I used 1/8″ and found a 45′ package that was plenty
(3) 20″x28″ pieces of fabric – I used a gray felt with a chevron pattern
needle and thread
scissors
disappearing ink pen
drill (not pictured)
fabric glue (not pictured)
ribbon tape

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

To get the screw eyes into the ends of the wood easier and without them cracking (too much), I predrilled holes in the ends of the dowels.

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

This was much easier to work with while it’s hanging so I started by folding my rope into quarters, knotting it at the top (to make it stay even), then attaching it to a nail. I figured out where I wanted my first shelf to start, looped a piece of rope through the eye, then knotted it.  I used the same two strands for the back dowels and the other two strands for the front dowels, all the way down.  That way the front one can be pulled away from the back one.

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

For the fabric slings, I used a tape measure to see how deep I wanted my pocket to be and how far the overhangs needed to be, which gave me my overall length of 28″.  I wanted some of the dowels to show so my width was 20″.

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

I had planned to use plain charcoal felt again but when I went to get more at JoAnn’s, I saw this flocked chevron print felt and had to have it, especially when I saw it was plain on one side.  I made sure to cut my pieces so the pattern matched.  The top of the piece is attached with buttons while the front is attached with fabric glue.  Gotta give props to the husband for picking the perfect color buttons on this!

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

The slings can of course be sewn, and in that case slip them on first then start with hanging the dowels on your ropes.

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

My slings are about 9″ deep from the lower dowel.  Which apparently is much bigger than almost all children’s books I have learned.  Of course, I have zero children’s books to use for this shoot so instead of shooting it with books about baseball, seashells, and my thesis, I went and bought some, and if it weren’t for Dr. Seuss, coloring books, and one lone Big Golden Book, you’d see nothing in these.  So the point is, you can make these whatever size you need for whatever size books you have ;)

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!
Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!
This can be hung from a knob or hook on the wall (using anchors if in drywall!) but can also be hung on the back of a door or on the side of a piece of furniture if wall space is at a minimum.  I absolutely love how they came out and fully plan to make some of these for myself at some point, even if they will be filled with nerdy field guides, baseball stat books, books by Chelsea Handler, and a dusty thesis until they’re needed for Dr. Seuss and Golden Books :)

Need an easy, customizable way to store children's books?? This easy holder only uses rope, wood dowels, and some fabric and can be hung anywhere!

Mine was just one of twelve super creative projects so check out all of them below!  Can’t wait for next month!

 

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71 thoughts on “Hanging Book Storage

  1. This is so great Emily! Love the little yellow buttons you added too! Such a nice touch. I may have to plan something similar for my daughter’s room now… lol.

  2. Great project, Emily! I love the fabric you chose, too! I’m thinking some of my teacher friends might need a few of these for their classrooms!

      1. I love this!!! I don’t have any small children but I am organizing my scrapbook/sewing room. I am going to make one of these to hang on the door a little smaller with more pockets to organize my stickers…can’t wait to start on it…thanks again.

    1. Thanks Amy! I knew that fabric would be perfect as soon as I saw it! It’s narrow though so it took more yardage than normal fabric would, FYI.

    1. Thank you Carrie :) And you could totally make it alot wider or taller if you needed it to hold more. I’d love to see pics if you make one!

  3. This is so effective and very minimal! I can see any parent loving this idea :-) I have always thought that books are quite difficult to store creatively but you’ve cracked it!
    Thanks for linking up at the Talented Tuesday Link Party! I hope you head across again this week to link up :-)

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