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Girls' Catchall




A girl may own two hundred barrettes and ponytail holders, but inevitably she wants the one that's nowhere to be found. A catchall solves the problem of where to keep these easily lost things, along with butterfly clips and jewelry. It makes a nice wall hanging, too. Ours is made from a picture frame with spools and ribbons attached and can be hung from a picture hook. Spools hold necklaces, rings, and elastic bands; the ribbons hold barrettes, clips, and earrings.


  • Unfinished frame with a wide flat front
  • Small, medium, and large wooden spools
  • White acrylic or latex paint
  • Wood glue
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Staple gun
  • Nail


  1. Step 1

    Choose an unfinished frame with a wide flat front (our 14-by-11-inch frame has 2-inch-wide edges). You will not need glass or backing.

  2. Step 2

    Paint the frame and some small, medium, and large wooden spools with white acrylic or latex paint; let dry. Glue the spools in place with wood glue.

  3. Step 3

    Turn the frame over and, with a staple gun, attach lengths of 1/2- and 3/4-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon to the inner edge of the frame, pulling the ribbons taut.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 4 2002



Reviews (35)

  • Melinda92853 10 Jan, 2011

    I can't wait to make one of these for my daughters and sisters. What a wonderful, clever, useful idea!

  • GGMcMurray 22 Jul, 2010

    I can't wait to make one for my grandaughter, maybe two, one for her house and one for mine.

  • amarula21 20 Jul, 2010

    For smellyanne's headband solution. Buy a circle hanging storage rack for you closet from IKEA. (You know like the hanging shelf idea) These are just a bunch of circles that your supposed to use for ties, scarfs etc in your closet. My niece has one hanging from a black cube rack in her bedroom with about 25 beautiful wide fashion headbands hanging through it. Looks very nice and solves the headband storage question!

  • strai8fan 19 Jul, 2010

    Find/Make a round piece of cardboard to the size necessary to keep headbands from following off; you could even use some type of batting to make it padded, use spray on glue to cover with a pretty piece of material, use pretty (matching) ribbon to cover the edges and you are done.

  • smellyann 17 Jul, 2010

    I like this too, but it still doesn't answer this question: What do I do with all the (hard) headbands??!!

  • rock63roll64 16 Jul, 2010


  • NancyMcManus 27 Jun, 2009

    I love this idea. And not just for "girls," I love it for me, too! A very grown woman with adult children! ;)

  • dett 27 Jun, 2009

    woops - thought I said 3/8 in squares in wire cloth. sorry

  • dett 27 Jun, 2009

    I have made same but instead of ribbon - used what is called hardware cloth - a wire simular to chicken wire but only about 2/3 open squares in wire. This make it easy to hang wire earrings and about anything else you have hard time keeping organized.

  • 812SAL 27 Jun, 2009

    This is a great idea for my daughter's room!!....we are always "drowning" in barrettes, clips, bracelets, etc.

  • ElaineNadya 14 Dec, 2008

    why not just take a drawer knob or a piece of wood and cut it to different sizes and paint it.

  • Zosyd 26 Aug, 2008

    Use drawer knobs. I bet you can get some real nice ones at a hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

  • josien 24 Aug, 2008

    I can't get wooden spools in the Nethelands. Can any one tell me where I can buy theme on the internet and ship theme too the Nethelands for a fair price?

  • Mama1956 10 Jul, 2008

    I made this with plastic canvas inside. I hot glued it to the inside of the frame. Then I attached 2 frames together with little hinges near the top and the bottom. The resulting earring holder sits on to of a dresser. I sold some of these at the fair 2 years ago!

  • Laurel_Lou 9 Jul, 2008

    Adding to the poster below: you could use a complimenting organza ribbon for earrings and pins.

  • Sunnytraveler 9 Jul, 2008

    My son made and sold these with screening material (not ribbons), which allowed earrings/pins to be placed within frame and create a pretty picture. (He owned a framing shop) I still use mine by my dresser to catch my earrings at the end of the day.

  • GabbyZum 9 Jul, 2008

    It is a perfect gift idea, easy, economic but mostly beautiful. You could even make more than one at a time and save them for later gifts.

  • jenniferabney 9 Jul, 2008

    This is a great idea for storing little girls hair accessories. Hair clips, bows, and headbands. Very clever. It keeps your drawers free of clutter. You could even back it with mirror after you staple the ribbons on.

  • MBukowski 9 Jul, 2008

    Great Idea! I might use it as a class project for Mother's Day. Thanks Martha

  • mom2acat 9 Jul, 2008

    I would like to make one of these for me too! It would be great to keep all my hair elastics, etc. from cluttering up my bathroom counter, yet still in easy reach.

  • MarieveWilson 9 Jul, 2008

    I used a spice rack that swivels to hang all my earings!

  • candicorn 9 Jul, 2008

    another GREAT tool for organizing jewely... I use the head of an old garden rake. Took it off it's handle, painted it and hung it upside down on the wall. I actually use 2 and hang them behind the bedroom door.

  • beezerswife 9 Jul, 2008

    I think it would make more sense to staple the ribbons onto the back **before** you glue the spools on the front. A very cute idea, though. Cup hooks could be added to the front of the frame to hold a few rings. Or you could put all your rings on a big metal clip, like a D-ring, and then just hang that from a knob. I love the idea of decorative knobs. Very cute!

  • CMF 9 Jul, 2008

    so cute and what a great gift for a birthday instead of the usual Barbie doll. Vintage knobs would look great too.

  • pelican66 9 Jul, 2008

    could cut up a dowel and attach at an upward angle for rings too

  • grandmaper 9 Jul, 2008

    We have just replaced several of our windows, and I saved all of the 6 panel ones from the 40s. I think one hanging up could hold most all of my jewelry. Could put screen in a couple sections for my pierced earrings.

    Love this very cute idea. Will make a few of these for daughters and granddaughters.

  • evaluna_69 9 Jul, 2008

    great and easy project for my daughter and myself as well! goodbye piles of hair thngies on top of the dresser and goodbye tangled up necklaces! very cute and so easy to personalize in any way you can imagine!

  • mrkhoneybee 9 Jul, 2008

    Instead of using spools you could try some decorative knobs.

  • mrkhoneybee 9 Jul, 2008

    This is such a great idea! I'm going to make one for myself and one for each of my sisters.

  • rockinghorse74 9 Jul, 2008

    This will be a good project for my Brownie unit.

  • ayang_cute 9 Jul, 2008

    i want make one for me..

  • zemehoist 23 May, 2008

    this great idea makes things so neat

  • peggykyneton 22 Mar, 2008

    Made it for my 2 granddaughters. WHAT A GREAT IDEA

  • ct718 16 Feb, 2008

    We made this project today and it is sooo cute. It's really easy to make and holds a lot of barrettes. We used two types of ribbon, one patterned and one white. I'd suggest using two different widths of ribbon since some of the smaller barrettes need to be on thinner ribbon.

  • any2933 23 Jan, 2008

    I made this and I love it. It serves such a great function. I made my gingham and it looks great!