Cicily has a new favorite word this week, animal. It really sounds more like “ammo,” so it took us a few hours to figure out what she was saying. Now that she’s almost a year and a half, it seems like our daughter learns at least one new word a day. Last week everything was “yellow.” This week’s toddler buzz word is “animal.”
Neither my husband nor I made any effort to teach her that word, so we were kind of baffled at how she learned it. Then one afternoon I walked into her room and quickly realized how she learned it.
Her room is constantly sprinkled with her favorite stuffed animals. With Christmas past, her collection grew even larger to include three Minnie Mouse’s, a Dumbo Elephant and a few baby dolls. She loves playing with all of them but has yet to grasp the concept of “cleaning” up her room.
In the meantime, I was picking them up every day and placing them strategically onto the rocking chair. The last straw was last night when I made the mistake of sitting on the edge of the chair during our bed time routine. I was holding her and rocking her, in the pitch dark, getting ready to place her in to the crib. I made one wrong move and set off her favorite Minnie Mouse stuffed animal that burst into “The Hot Dog Song.”
So to combat this and reclaim the rocking chair, I decided to make a nifty little hammock for the animals to live in while they aren’t being played with.
Learn how to make your own “No-sew Stuffed Animal Hammock” below!
What you need:
- 3 – long ceiling hooks
- 3 – 6” cut fabric straps
- 6 – ¾” grommets
- Grommet Pliers (can find at Michaels or Joann Fabrics)
- 2 square yards of fabric (try to find a crocheted fabric that is durable but has some give to stretch with the weight of the animals)
- Twine / ribbon
Step 1 – Cut the fabric straps to be 6” each. You will need three, one for each corner.
Step 2 – Take the fabric, and fold into a triangle shape. Cut any loose ends that overlap so that you have an even triangle with a 90 degree angle.
Step 3 – Using the grommet pliers, add two grommets to each end of the fabric straps. Follow instructions according to grommet pliers.
Step 4 – Loop the fabric through the grommets if you can. Don’t force the fabric through as you may rip the grommets out on accident. If you can’t feed the fabric directly through the grommet, use twine or a sturdy ribbon to tie instead.
Step 5 – Use a stud finder to find the best places to place the ceiling hooks. Be sure to place the ceiling hooks into wood studs as drywall may not be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the stuffed animals. Mark your first spot and measure the distance from the ceiling and the corner of the wall.
Step 6 – Use a drill to create the hole, then place one of the side hooks into the wall. Place the right side hook into the other wall as close to the same measurements as possible (keeping in mind you want to place the hook into a stud and not drywall.
Step 7 – Lastly, place the final ceiling hook where the wall meets in the corner. This hook should be placed 4 to 6 inches higher than the two side hooks. This will help create the hammock effect.
Step 8 – Slide the fabric straps onto the ceiling hooks.
Step 9 – Adjust the fabric through the grommets or by using twine to secure the fabric to the straps. You want the “hammock” to be equally distributed to each corner. Similar to a real hammock, the fabric should be somewhat level and tight while there are no animals in it.
Step 10 – Place all stuffed animals into the hammock.
That’s it! You now have an easy and cute way to organize all of those adorable stuffed animals and save space.
Have any other decorative ways to save space while organizing? Please share in the comments!