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Upcycling: From Crib to Quilt Rack

Peppered throughout my blog, website and upcoming DIY lifestyle book, I have used old cribs in so many ways. I would liken my crib repurposing to how the Native Americans used the buffalos they hunted – except I don’t eat cribs.

I also want to give you a heads up that more crib upcycling projects will be coming because there are big and small things I’ve done with crib pieces that keep popping up in my projects.

But today, I’m talking about how I made a quilt rack from the rung or an old crib. This came about because I went to a cute, roadside diner that had the sweetest quilts hanging on the wall and I left there wanting a hanging quilt.

This wasn’t a super difficult undertaking because when my grandmother passed away, I took a few of her unfinished quilts. Let it be known that I am not quilter, but I do sew. Therefore I was able to finish off the edging and back of the quilt, and add loops for hanging.

First off, here is the side of the crib that I worked from to make the quilt rack. As you can see I could make like 14 racks if I wanted to. And, actually I did make a rack for my neighbor, which she is using as a scarf rack.

Once you jigsaw off a single bar, there are just a few steps to completion.

1. Your bar, when attached to the wall using flush mounts, will not sit far enough out that you can hang something. You’ll need to double the thickness of the bar ends.

Cut an extra bit of the crib rail. Screw and wood glue it to the bar ends. I used a clamp to hold it in place while it dried.
*Test the mount to make sure the screw heads holding the pieces together don’t interfere with the mount fitting together.

2. Next, drill holes for your flush mount. Screw the flush mount to the crib bar ends with the “fingers” facing down.

3. Attach the other side of the mount to your wall. You’ll likely need screw anchors.

Enjoy your quilt, scarves or whatever else you desire to hang!

Other Eve of Reduction projects made from upcycled cribs:
Hose guides made from the bottom bars of the crib.
Candle holders made from crib bars
Shelving unit and magazine rack made from repurposed crib

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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