DIY hair appliance holder

diy hair dryer flat iron holderWhen I was setting up my new makeup vanity, I wanted my hair dryer and flat iron handy. I had ordered a desktop appliance holder but it took up a lot of room and the cords looked really messy so I sent it back.

Then I decided it would be much neater to hang my hair appliances on the wall next to the vanity. The holders I found online were flimsy and poorly rated so I decided to use something else as my holder.

Wrought iron bar rack holder

Wrought iron bar rack holder

I just happen to have a small star wrought iron towel holder in one of the bathrooms so I checked it to see if my blow dryer and flat iron would fit on it and, guess what, they did! The holder sticks out 4 inches from the wall which is perfect. But instead of ordering that same design, I got this bar rack holder without the star because I also happened to have a pretty birthday card I wanted to use as a plaque behind it. (The star holder is longer though and would also hold a curling iron.)

These Amish wrought iron holders are very sturdy. (I also own star curtain tiebacks in addition to the towel holder.) They’ll last forever! The only drawback is the shipping but they do combine shipping if you get more than one item. However, even with the shipping the total was about the same as one of those cheap holders.

To install, the first thing I did was mark holes from the holder onto the card.

Birthday card with punched holes as backing for hair appliance holder

Birthday card with punched holes

Using the holder as a guide again, I transferred the markings onto the wall and made sure they were straight using a level. Then I put holes in the wall, inserted plastic anchors, laid the card on top and screwed the holder in place.

Holes drilled in the wall with plastic anchors inserted

Holes drilled in the wall with plastic anchors inserted

After that I got four little nails and hammered the corners of the card down.

Small nails to attach greeting card to wall

Small nails to attach greeting card to wall

And that’s all there is to it.

Hair appliance holder with greeting card backing tacked onto wall

Hair appliance holder with greeting card backing tacked onto wall

Except for one thing…there was a messy situation going on with the cords plugged into a power strip on the floor.

Hair appliances plugged into power strip cluttering up the floor

Hair appliances plugged into power strip cluttering up the floor

So I mounted it on the wall just under the vanity tabletop. I coiled up the mirror’s cord and tucked it in between the wall and the vanity. I also coiled up the power strip cord.

Power strip mounted to wall underneath vanity

Power strip mounted to wall underneath vanity

I’m going to be painting my room pretty soon and I’ll also paint those cords to make them blend in.

Now everything’s looking neat and tidy and I can sit there and fix my hair in front of my Hollywood Starlet mirror!

Makeup vanity with wall-mounted DIY blow dryer/flat iron holder

Makeup vanity with wall-mounted DIY blow dryer/flat iron holder

Do you have a clever solution for organizing your hot hair tools? Please share them in the comments below.

Creative gift card upcycled gifts

candy filled recycled jar

Candy filled recycled jar

When it comes to giving gift cards, I follow a very simple equation:

Gift card + candy + recycled container = nice gift.

Why candy? Well, it doesn’t cost that much, it looks pretty and just about everyone likes it, sometimes even better than the gift it comes with.

And why use recycled containers? Well, why not! I save little boxes, baskets and ribbons people give me, as well as nice glass jars when they’re empty. A small amount of time and effort is all it takes to transform them into a special gift for someone.

Dove Chocolate Promises

Dove Chocolate Promises

All the examples show my favorite candy in the world, Dove Chocolate Promises. I always have it on hand and I think the foil wrappers are so pretty. However, the same ideas will work with other wrapped candies.

So here are seven really simple ways to dress up a gift card, cash, stocking stuffer or other small gift.

Gift idea #1: Fancy box

fancy star box

Fancy star box

This is a fancy star box someone gave me which I filled with chocolate and nestled a gift card inside. Topped off with iridescent curly ribbon.

Gift idea #2: Cookie tin

Recycled cookie tin

Recycled cookie tin

I lined this pretty cookie tin with gold tissue paper and filled with candy. The gift card goes right on top or gets buried underneath. Then the tin is tied up with a gossamer gold ribbon.

Gift idea #3: Glass jar wrapped in a doily

Recycled jar and doily

Recycled jar and doily

This is just a plain glass jar wrapped in an old doily I had hanging around. Same story, gift card, cash or small gift inside along with chocolate, and tied with a pretty wired ribbon.

If you don’t have a doily you could use tulle, a fabric scrap, gift wrap, a scarf or a cloth napkin.

Gift idea #4: Sachet

candy sachet

Candy sachet

This is more like a stocking stuffer. The candy by itself could be a gift, tied up in gold mesh with a curly ribbon, or there could be a small trinket inside.

Gift idea #5: Jewelry gift box

recycled jewelry gift box

Recycled jewelry gift box

This is the type of box that jewelry normally comes in, but it’s the perfect size to hold a gift card. Put a bow on top and you’re done.

Small gift with gift box

Small gift with gift box

And here I’m using the earrings and the box they came in, along with the coordinating bow. I just took out the cotton padding, lined the box with gold mesh, filled with candy and put the jewelry on top.

Gift idea #6: Handpainted recycled jar

Handpainted recycled jar

Handpainted recycled jar

One of the simplest things to do is to hand paint an old glass jar to hold your cash, trinket or gift card. Please refer to my glass painting tutorial for ideas and instructions. A pretty wired ribbon finishes the look.

Gift idea #7: DIY gift basket

The most elaborate idea is to make your own gift basket. I like to reuse the baskets I receive to customize a gift for someone else. In this case you could use the whole bag of candy and add other things like cookies, nuts, dried fruit, trail mix, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. These inexpensive items make a more impressive statement when grouped together. Then the gift card could go in an envelope right in front of the basket. The whole basket can be wrapped in a length of tulle and tied with a colorful wired ribbon.

And there you have it—seven easy ideas for gift card giving.