closet hangtags trimmed

DIY Closet Hangtags

Create some DIY closet hangtags to help kids organize their outfits for the week. It can be a real time (and sanity) saver. I’ll walk you through the steps to make your own hangtags or you can download a free printable version at the end of the page.

Remember when the kids had to get up early and do all the things to make them [somewhat] presentable little humans before heading off to school? *sigh* Those were the days.

Getting ready for the school day may look a little different this fall, but one rule still stands in our house: you must change into daytime clothes before making your morning appearance. Fortunately, my son (who is now 12) manages this on his own, but that wasn’t always the case…

Once upon a time, our mornings were filled with too many decisions leading to anxiety, mad rushing, curt comments and one stressed out mama. The solution? Remove some of the morning decision making!

So, we created a habit where he would spend a few minutes on the weekend picking out 5 outfits — keeping in mind the weather forecast, special events and gym days. To keep it all organized, and give him something ‘bright + shiny’ to incorporate into this task, I made some colorful closet hangtags — one for each day of the week.

I created these using a simple desktop publishing software and graphic patterns I found online, but you can just as easily produce them with scrapbooking paper and other crafting supplies. Or, download one of the printables at the end of this post!

  • Card stock + color printer (or scrapbook, construction / craft paper)
  • Scissors or crafting knife + straight edge
  • Hole punch (or scissors)
  • Laminating machine (optional, or you could laminate them at your local office supply or print shop)

Print your desired closet hangtag design on card stock, or create your own. Trim or cut them out using scissors or a crafting knife + straight edge (be sure to use a cutting mat or board underneath).

trim closet hangtags with knife and ruler

Laminating your tags is optional, but they will last longer if you do. Once laminated, trim them again leaving about 1/8” extra around the printed hangtag.

laminated closet hangtags

If you’re using a hole punch — punch out a hole large enough for the tag to hang around your closet rod. Then, using scissors or a crafting knife, make a cut from one edge to the hole.

If you’re using scissors — make a cut from the edge toward the hole, then cut out the hole.

(FYI…the standard closet rod is about 1.25″ in diameter.)

punching out a hole in the closet hangtag
cut a slit from the edge to the hole

And, that’s it! I hope these DIY closet hangtags help take some of the guesswork and stress out of your morning routines!

closet hangtags hanging

If you’re not about the DIY, I get it! Here are some free printable closet hangtags to make life a little easier. All you need is a printer + scissors! Click on any image to download.

Pin image DIY closet hangtags

Looking for another easy DIY project? Check out this post for an upcycled tree stump turned into a cute woodland stool. And for more back-to-school organizing, visit this post on creating a family command center.

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