diy: Dress Up Rack

diy dress up rack

During the day I lose count of the number of costume changes for little miss Lola. While I was at CHA my mom watched my girls and got to experience it first hand. I kept apologizing because she I know she ransacks the dresser drawers every twenty minutes.
Well, as much as I wanted to cuss (in my head and I never want to cuss…) after picking her dresses up for the millionth time I realized that as tedious as it is… there is an end in sight. That’s a relief and sad at the same time. Seriously? She’s not going to be 14 and changing in and out of Honey BooBoo ensembles all day long? So I am embracing and enjoying this stage because it is pretty freaking cute… but with one solution. All of her dresses were crammed into one basket thing in her closet. So if she wanted to look for her favorite she pulled every item out-flinging tulle and glitter over her shoulders.
I needed a rack. I remember seeing a darling dress-up rack on someone’s blog years ago. But can’t remember where I saw it.  I searched and found an adult clothing rack at Bed Bath & Beyond… that’s adjustable. It was perfect because it can be made for munchkins like Lo and it’s on wheels so I can wheel it to the room we are playing in when Myles is napping in the play room. But it was all black and silver which doesn’t fly for her.
-20 bucks for adjustable rack
-Gold and White Spray paint. I was going to do a color but knew there’d be enough pink hanging around.
-I hung a mirror with some vintage lace. I bought the mirror for Avery’s nursery before she was born.
-Hung a bag on a hanger to hold bows, purses and hats.
-Made some fringe tassels to hang on the side. Added some honeycomb balls. Because clearly I am obsessed with those right now.  As you’ve noticed by seeing my cha booth, studio, Christmas Tree etc
-Pretty easy and fast. The best part is she loves being able to hang them up and take them off herself. Don’t you dare even try to help her!

before diy dress up rack

dress up rack diy

DIY Dress up Rack

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Playing dress up is exhausting!

diy dress up rack

19 thoughts on “diy: Dress Up Rack

  1. laurie lariviere

    why didn’t I think of this when my daughter was young? It’s funny that you mentioned that someday she’ll be 14. My daughter just turned 14 and she still makes a mess with her clothes and still changes throughout the day and I can relate to the basket full of dress up clothes, I had the same thing when Analise was young…your kids are so sweet and lucky to have such a creative mom 🙂

  2. Ann Marie

    Oh my gosh. You know I’ve always had a soft spot for Q and that last picture is just priceless. I would blow that sucker up!

  3. Kim Woods

    Love it and that phase does pass way too quick 🙁 I spent like $200 on Disney costumes one year for Christmas and by the next Christmas they were so OUT because she was such a “big girl.” Anyway, I was having a MEH morning and thought your blog of cuteness would shake off the gray and it did 🙂 Have a great day!

  4. SandraA

    Love it! I think my favorite picture is the one where she appears to be seeing how a different neckline might look.

  5. Asha

    My daughter went through the exact same phase. I documented it a lot in scrapbook pages and pictures. She’s seven now and I really miss that stage. I had bought her a rack too but it now sits untouched in her closet. No more dressing up for her. Sad.

  6. Charin Adams

    I love this idea! <3 I have a 7 year old that still loves to play dress up but isn't *quite* big enough to reach dresses hanging up in her closet. I think I just might try this. 🙂


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