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Easy Wire Hanger Craft Projects

Updated on January 20, 2015
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Put all of those extra wire hangers in your closet to good use.
Put all of those extra wire hangers in your closet to good use. | Source
Wire Hanger Craft Project Categories
Storage
Decorated Hangers
Wreaths

Wire hangers are an inexpensive, readily available craft material that can be used for a wide variety of art projects. Most of the ideas here can be completed in a single afternoon or weekend and are appropriate for a wide variety of ages. Happy crafting!

Where do you get wire hangers?

Many people craft with wire hangers because they already have extras on hand. However, if you don't, there are a few easy ways to acquire them.

  • Ask family and friends. Many people have lots of wire hangers that aren't being used and are happy to share a few (or a lot) with you.
  • Check eBay. The best resource that I've found online for purchasing wire hangers in eBay. Many people sell used, bulk batches for competitive prices. You may find some on Craigslist and/or Freecycle as well.
  • Scout garage sales, particularly when people are moving. Before we moved to Milwaukee, I donated over 50 wire hangers that we weren't using (and then inherited about 100 in our house here). If people are having a sale before they move, especially to a far destination, they are likely to be clearing out as much as possible.

How to make a wire hanger purse rack

  • Book rack. This is great for wall mounted storage or on top of a shelf. Use this for a living room, den, playroom, or bedroom. This is a great idea for a classroom or library, too.
  • Flip flops. Instead of throwing all of your flip flops in a bin, create a little hanging storage piece for each pair. If you have ample hanging bars but limited floor space, this can be a great option.
  • Toilet paper. There are no instructions with this post, but the concept is pretty self-explanatory. If you live in an older home, it is likely that you have at least one bathroom without a modern toilet paper dispenser. Rig up one of these, and you'll be all set.

This is a plastic hanger, but you can see how easy it is to wrap a long strip of fabric around a hanger to decorate it and add some padding.
This is a plastic hanger, but you can see how easy it is to wrap a long strip of fabric around a hanger to decorate it and add some padding. | Source

DIY Decorated Hangers

Decorations don't provide functionality to hangers, but they do make them more aesthetically pleasing. Fabric will also add padding, which can be a plus for a lot of people. Decorated hangers are a perfect gift idea for housewarming parties and weddings. Child size plastic decorated hangers are a fun gift for baby showers.

  • Beaded hangers. Many of you know how much I love beads. I can't believe that I'd never thought of this before. If you don't have beads on hand, look for cheap bulk packs at Michaels, Jo-Ann, or Hobby Lobby. Don't invest a lot of money in high quality beads that you have to purchase individually.
  • Fabric covered hangers. This is an excellent project to use up small scraps of fabric from larger projects. This project does require some sewing, but it is pretty straight forward. Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest also recommends using vintage scarves. Second hand or bargain priced bandanas are another great option.
  • Fabric wrapped hangers. This post has great step by step instructions for wrapping hangers with strips of fabric including an option for adding a gift tag with a whimsical message. Just about any type of fabric will work for this as long as it isn't too slippery or rough.
  • Personalized hangers. There is a new trend to make hangers with names or initials across the hanger base. There are many places to buy these hangers, such as Etsy, but you can also take up the challenge and make one yourself. This is the most detailed tutorial that I found for this concept.

How To Make A Heart Shaped Wreath

When you don't have a wreath form on hand and want to put something together without making a tripc to the store, grab a wire hanger. It will make a great base for a wide variety of wreaths.

  • Christmas ornament wreath. This has to be one of the simplest Christmas ornament projects ever. Pick up a batch of ornaments after Christmas this year so you can put this together for the next holiday. If you customize the colors, you can use this concept for additional holidays, too. Six Sisters Stuff includes directions for a large bow that will hide the hanger part of the wreath.
  • Fabric scraps wreath. I have seen this concept for more sophisticated wreath forms, but there is no reason why a simple wire form won't work well, too. If you don't have enough scraps in coordinating colors, team up with some of your sewing friends and have a wreath making party where you can share fabric.
  • Heart wreath with tissue paper. One of the neat aspects of using a wire base is that you can make it into a variety of shapes. Many people opt for a heart.

There are so many ways that you can use random pieces of wire for mixed media home decor.
There are so many ways that you can use random pieces of wire for mixed media home decor. | Source

Home Decor: Chandelier

This didn't fit in anywhere else here, but I had to include it. Use wire hangers to make a chandelier. You can customize this idea any way that you like. There are so many possibilities here. Alternatively, you can take this concept and alter it slightly to make a mobile.


Who knew that wire hangers could create such neat art?
Who knew that wire hangers could create such neat art? | Source

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Domma! That is a perfect option for a grandkid craft project. :)

    • DommaLeigh profile image

      DommaLeigh 

      5 years ago

      Love the Wreath idea. I am always looking for a project to do with the grand kids.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Dolores. :) Yes, for sure!

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      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I remember when I was a girl we used to wrap wire hangers with yarn. A padded fabric covering would be nice and practical too!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Cyndi. :) I'm glad that you enjoyed the pictures and videos.

      That's great, Marisa! Have fun with your wreath.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I have TONS of hangers and I need to use some of your ideas. The wreath is probably the route I'll take. Thanks for the ideas and great hub.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Very cool - I'll never look at wire hangers in the same way again, haha. I love the pictures and videos - great additions to this hub!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      How neat!

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      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Rose, I just wanted to let you that your hub here inspired me to do a Halloween wreath and I've written a hub tutorial! Hop over to my hub: Easy Halloween Wreath Tutorial when you get a chance :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Jamie, your hanger Christmas tree sounds adorable! I'm sure that would make a great topic for an article, especially for the upcoming holiday. Thanks for the great tip about free wire hangers from cleaners!

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      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Rose, this hub reminded me of this Christmas tree I used to make using wire hangers as the form... I would then wrap lights and garland around it and add ornaments to it... I made several and they always turned out so cute. I just might have to do a hub tutorial on it since Christmas is coming up. There are so many neat things you can do with wire hangers..Also, I've always heard that the cleaners is a great place to get wire hangers for free. Thanks for another great hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Om!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      5 years ago

      Lots of cool ideas here! I never thought of decorating my boring hangers or turning them into home decor items before. Your art & craft hubs are always fun and inspirational. Keep up the good work!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha, that's great, Vicki! You'll have to share this with him.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      How fun! My boyfriend would love this. Often, when he has fixed something for me, he asks, do you have a wire hanger? LOL. Love this!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That sounds like a neat project, Jackie!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You have a lot of fun stuff. I just made me an earring hanger with a coat hanger and yarn. I have so many pair and I want to see many at once. Well I will have to make a couple more but one holds over twenty pair. Now I will go back up and look closer at some of these ideas. Thank you!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I agree!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      5 years ago from Clinton CT

      It never ceases to amaze me what can be done with stuff around the house.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Rebecca! I focused more on projects than practical uses for this article. There are tons of little tricks like the key "jimmy" that you can do with hangers.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a clever collection of ideas for using those wire coat hangers. I had to laugh though. You left out my favorite.....using as a "jimmy" when the keys get locked in the car!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Carol! It is funny what you can do with a hanger. That's awesome. :)

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      You have some remarkable ideas here. Funny what you can do with a hanger. I love any form of recycling for crafts and useful things. Thanks for sharing..So I shall vote Up and share also.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, summerberrie!

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      summerberrie 

      5 years ago

      Interesting ideas. Really liked the heart shaped wreath!

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