DIY: Baby Closet Clothing Divider Tutorial

Over "baby-crafting" weekend one quick and easy project I completed was making clothing dividers for baby's nursery. While I'm not known for amazing tutorials, this one is just too easy not to share. My goal was to spend zero dollars, so I just used what I had on hand to make these. I've seen other tutorials with dividers made of wood, old CDs and even just sticker printables to jazz up "real" dividers, but mine are made of none of those things. I took el'cheapo way out and made them from old cardboard - cardboard from an old gift box to be exact.

Since they'll be used less than a year and rarely get touched besides being pushed around in the closet, I figured I didn't need to spend money on making them durable for the long haul if I had everything I already needed at home. 

Here's what you need to complete this project:
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler and scissors (I ended up using a paper cutter in the end)
  • Thin cardboard - think gift bag or box, cereal/pasta box, etc. 
  • Pretty paper
  • Number and letter stickers (or you could paint them on!)
  • Jar lid or other circular shaped object - to use as a template for your circle cut-outs, mine was 2"
  • Glue stick (not shown)
  • Pencil (not shown)

Sorry, as I said, I'm not the greatest at giving tutorials. If I was, I would have had all the right materials in the below shot!

Start by figuring out which dividers you want to make. Below I've listed a few common sizing options. For new moms out there, don't worry, I got your back. I totally know how it is to have NO CLUE what the difference is between NB and 0-3 months. I mean, shouldn't 0 months old equal a newborn and therefore be the same size? The answer is NO, because nothing in the baby world, nothing is easy to understand so why would clothing be any different?
  • NB
  • 0-3 months
  • 3-6 months 
  • 6-9 months
  • 9-12 months
  • 12-18 months

Once you've figured out which dividers you want, start by cutting your cardboard and paper to size. I made mine 7" x 4". Since this was a "free" project, I just made as much as I had supplies for. Hence, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months. Since you'll need to cover both sides of the cardboard with paper, make sure you have double the paper as you have cardboard. Below I have four pieces of cardboard and eight pieces of paper.

Using a glue stick, glue your paper to each side of the cardboard. (1.)

With a pencil, trace a circle onto one side of the divider to create the holes for the divider to hang on your rod. I used a 2" jar lid and put it 1" down from the top of the divider. It's probably best if you measure your rod, just to make sure the 2" will fit. In addition, I traced a 1" line to the side of the circle, so I could easily cut the circle out and put them on the rod.  (2.)

Cut along lines and erase pencil marks. (3.)
Check the pic below for the corresponding image. Sorry number two is so difficult to see!

Add your stickers and give both sides a light coat of Mod Podge to seal it. 

And hang them in your closet!

Simple and cheap.


  1. Those are great! wish I had had them a year ago!

  2. OMG! So cute!!!!! love the idea!!!