So a few months ago, I picked up a bunch of wooden hangers at the thrift store and whipped up a neat decoration for my front door. It was lovely and looked great on my front door, but since I only have one front door, I had a lot of leftover hangers.
Oh well, I tucked them into the bottom of my craft cabinet and forgot all about them.
One day, last November, I was on line at the store - you know, waiting in that maze on the way to the register where they pack all that stuff you don't need, but inevitably walk out with anyway?? - and I saw the prettiest wrapping paper.
Right away, I thought, wow, that would make the prettiest hanger.
And so for $2.99, the roll came home with me.
Now. Before I get started with the DIY, let me answer the obvious question...the same question my husband asked me as soon as I told him about my idea.
"Why do you need pretty hangers?"
Of course, the obvious answer is, "Why not? Shouldn't everything be pretty?"
Unfortunately, that doesn't usually get me very far. So I elaborate with the practical answer which is in a small home (originally a tiny summer cottage) like ours, storage doesn't always take place behind closed doors. Sometimes things need to be kept right out in the open and if that's the case, I would like them to be as attractive as possible.
Unless of course he wants to move to a larger home. Or start renovating and adding more closets.
Suddenly $2.99 sounds like a bargain and he responds with a simple, "Honey, you're pretty."
Which is really just code for I am sorry I even asked and can I go now?
Poor guy. Never had a chance.
At this point I'm already reaching for my supplies, so let's get started, shall we?
I began with a pile of hangers, wrapping paper, scissors, a razor blade and a container of Mod Podge.
I chose hangers that had flat surfaces so they'd be easy to cover. Some hangers are arched to keep the shape of a jacket. Those are much more difficult to work with.
I don't do difficult.
The process is simple, but you need to work slowly or the decoupage gel can get goopy and tear your paper. I generously applied the gel with a foam stamper. Then I laid the paper over it, pressing down with my fingers, firmly and evenly.
Once it was dry, I trimmed the wrapping paper down to the exact size of the hanger with scissors and a razor blade. I used the same process here as I did when I made my magazine book page hanger.
When the wrapping paper was cut perfectly to size, I applied another coat of Mod Podge over the top of it to seal it onto the hanger. Once everything was well coated I put it aside to dry.
The process can be repeated on the other side. Or not. Up to you.
To add a little flair, I added a twine bow at the base of the wire hook.
I ended up with very pretty hangers that can be useful in the closet or out.
Forget the doorknob to catch that coat, here's a decorative hanger instead.
How about waiting for those towels to dry?
They don't have to look messy slung over a bar or the shower rod. Now they can be part of the decor.
No place for a hand towel in your tiny space? Or perhaps you're having guests and want to leave fresh towels out for them, but there's no extra room in your tiny bathroom?
No problem, your pretty new hanger can fix that.
Clearly they're a necessity.
Wouldn't you agree?
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