I remember when I was a kid thinking that someday someone was going to hang me up in the closet on a hanger. It’s something I guess I had seen on TV. I mean, I had a great imagination as a child but dang! Basically somebody would slide a hanger into my shirt, while I was wearing it, and hang me up in the closet and head on out. I remember thinking that I would never be able to escape because I couldn’t reach back and remove the hanger. And I would know, because I set up the scenario, on the ground for practice, and I just couldn’t move my arms that way.
It never, ever dawned on me until I was just now writing this that I could have just taken off my shirt. Hmm. The things we think of as kids, right? One of my most favorite things in the world is talking with kids. You hear some of the neatest things and sometimes their perspective on things is spot on but from an angle most adults wouldn’t think up.
And sometimes they’re just funny. Like when my nephew informed us “I’m not going to lie anymore. Batman took me for a ride in his limo and told me I can’t lie anymore.” Oh, yeah, kid? How’s that working out for you? Ha!
For this project you will need:
- Wooden hangers
- Wood burner
Look for inexpensive wood hangers at places like Walmart and IKEA (if you’re lucky enough to be near one!) For myself, and probably most people changing out all of our plastic and from the dry cleaners wire hangers, it’s going to be too expensive to change out every hanger in our closet, though that would be nifty.
Instead I’m placing my pretties in the coat closet for guests to see and use!
Heat your wood burner up for a couple of minutes. The plastic handle actually starts to feel super warm, slightly uncomfortable, when it’s ready to get after it. Be sure to keep the burner on a surface you don’t mind marring. Plastic melts, wood burns and melamine scorches. I use heavy duty cardboard underneath my projects to protect the wood of my table.
Draw simple patterns on your hangers one at a time. Focus a bit, easy pattern onto the bulk of the hanger. This pattern is super easy, made with straight lines. Inside of the first set of lines create angled lines going from one side to the other in the same direction. In the next column change the direction connecting the line to where the previous column ended. Confused? Just look at the pic above :)
You can pattern each hanger differently, depending on what it is you want to do right at that moment. For my little bars I put lots of little dots or straight, crazy horizontal lines running the length.
You can also mark up the top and underside as well. I did with one, but not the other and found that I didn’t notice the extra work enough to be worth it to me, but that might be different for you!
A set of these prettily marked hangers would make a great gift, especially for anyone who loves boho or eclectic things. Wrapped together with a big, pretty piece of ribbon or rustic twine anyone would love to get this functional DIY!