The following is a guest post from Laura, who blogs over at Confessions of a Serial Cheapskate, you must check out her blog, she shares so many wonderful ideas!
I am so excited to be here at Thrifty and Thriving today– it is SERIOUSLY one of my favorite sites out there. While I still have a LOT to learn – I always pick up new tips and tricks from Christy. Thanks for having me today!
Since we’re all friends…
Nope, I still can’t believe I’m about to show you the inside of my closet, but it’s to prove a point so…
Here ya’ go (p.s.- it’s really hard to get good shots of the inside of ones closet). *Note specifically the shoe portion:
I’m hoping everyone has an area just like this and it’s not just me– a space in his/her closet that could use some extra organization.
I just came across the cutest tutorial for a quick, easy and (depending on what supplies you have on hand) FREE shoe hanger project and I just HAD to make some…
Too cute right?! They start as these:
and end up as these:
I can think of a million other potential uses for these cute hangers too– I’ll list them all at the end of this post– after the tutorial.
For purposes of demonstration I used a blue nylon coated wire hanger so that it would show up well on the white background. I would not recommend using nylon coated wire hangers though (as you will see a little later)
It’s super simple to do.
- wire hanger(s)– that you can bend with your hands
- needle nose pliers
- diagonal pliers (for cutting)
- spray paint
Take your wire hanger and cut off the bottom piece:
Then using your needle nose pliers, curl under each end like so:
Then using just your brute strength, bend up the “arms” of the hangar into a cute scroll-y type shape.
See– easy peasy! And if you wanted to stop there, you can! Insert flip flops and you’re done:
Wow! What awesome flip flops you say? Learn more about them HERE.
OR, you can hang your flats on them too…
And like I said I have a million other suggestions, but they’ll have to wait until the end of the post.
When I was bending my hangers, they started to get a little chipped and “distressed” looking. Now I like the distressed look on SOME things, but not necessarily when my clothing or shoes are involved so outside I went with my handy dandy spray paint.
I highly recommend priming these first– just to be sure the spray paint will adhere properly. And yes– I got super dorky and used my scrap wire pieces to create some additional cheesy sculptures. I actually kinda like some of them …
The spray paint just gives them a fresh feeling and really unifies them all.
From here, I referred back to the tutorial where I first learned of this neat trick and created a little jacket for one of my hangers. It only took a few minutes, but as I was doing this I realized I like the look of them without the jackets too.
In the interest of time, here’s a breakdown of the “hanger jacket” tutorial from the original source at Epbot:
All in all it was a pretty quick, painless (except for the bruises on my plams from trying to cut the hangers) and brainless craft. Definitely something you can do while in front of the tv — my favorite time/place for crafting.
I don’t really have a great place to hang mine right now, but love how the originator at Epbot used her space. If we could drill into the wall to put in a low hanging bar (stupid apartment), I totally would.
You could also do this in a front hall closet to store some “running out to get the mail” shoes that live in that closet.
And now as promised– the list of 1 million additional ways you can use your wire hanger hooks.
- curl the “arms” in a bit and use to hang dish gloves to dry
- hanging doll clothes
- hanging scarves or belts
- hanging necklaces (like this one)
- hanging aprons
- hanging (light weight) purses
- hanging baseball caps (instead of the scrolly ends you could make a T shape with the ends and spray them navy blue for something a bit more masculine)
- organizing extension cords
- displaying crafting supplies out in the open and within reach (ie. hang via thumbtack on a cork board over a craft desk)
- holding rolls of tape for a gift wrap station (or cute washi tape)
- displaying items at a craft show table
- holding keys
- hanging measuring spoons/cups
OR create different variations of this:
- string beads on it and form the ends into hearts for a little girls room
- cut the hanger just in the center of the bottom portion and create multiple humps on each side for a tie or belt holder
I swear the possibilities are endless (although I only came up with 15 off the top of my head)
And here’s why NOT to use nylon covered wire hangers:
(I thought it would save the hassle of not having to spray paint them, but no such luck)
And just so you leave with happy thoughts of all the new uses you’ll have for the old wire hangers that are no longer worthy of your clothes– take one last look at how cute they can be with just a little TLC.
What would you use these for?