I have been trying for months to corral the children’s shoes and bags and coats that seem to find there way in the path of the front door. I’ve got a long narrow foyer that is more a hallway than anything else. The stairs and three entrances to other rooms converge on the tiny space. Many benches and bookshelves were too long for the space, and taller ones interfered with the chair rail molding. (not sure why you need chair rail molding in the hall, but that’s what we got for now. My husband, the super hero that he is, bought me a bookshelf with six rattan cubbies to help with the issue. now there are enough cubbies for shoes and backpacks and mittens and such. (Yes that’s a fish skeleton on top, he’s waiting to be framed up, and the little shelf is waiting to be hung.)
But now there’s a new problem. My little princess has taken over two of the cubbies for her shoes and keeps trying to take over the other one meant for little sprout. OK, I guess this is two problems. One I need to get her to put some of her shoes back in her room, but the other is a matter of ownership.
Cubby tags to the rescue. There are a bunch of different types of cubby tags. Names, pictures, and initials are the most common ones I’ve seen. The kids are too little for full name tags, and I don’t want pictures hanging from my Cubbies. But initials can solve the problem and help the littlest sprout with letter recognition, too.
I decided I didn’t want the generic letters I have available on my sizzix machine, so I found a nice font. It’s called “Victorian LET” and blew it up to a font size of 250. I went for a steampunk look so it’s decorated with vintage sears roebuck ads, copper tape and lace. I was going to add some industrial bits and bobs, but all of them looked less than toddler proof. Now each cubby is designated, will it mean an end to fighting, an end to war? Meh, we can always hope.
Steampunk Cubby Tags Tutorial
- Find a great font and make it huge.
- Trace the letters onto sturdy cardboard
- Glue on scrapbook paper of your choice to the cardboard
- Decorate with any other embellishments you desire
- Cut out the cardboard/paper
- Use a hole punch in the top left corner
- Add ribbon to secure it to the cubby
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