Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DIY Wednesday: Closet Hangers

Hi Everyone,

I'm really excited to share this project with you. I've had this project planned for a few months now and I finally snuck in some time after bedtime last night. This project can be done for any one, but I did it for my daughter's room. I organized her closet by size, but you could easily do it by type of clothing, color or occasion.

***I posted this last week, but Blogger ate my post! So I'm reposting it.***

Closet Hangers


Wood Door Hangers
Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge
Utility Knife
Pencil or Pen
Clear Spray Paint
Full Water Bottle (or 20 oz pop bottle)

1. Cut the Door Hanger

Since the door hanger need to slide on the closet rod, you will need to cut a slit on the side so there is place to fit over the closet rod. I penciled a line on each hanger so it was on the same place on each hanger, then used a utility knife to score the hanger until the hanger was cut through.

2. Fit Scrapbook Paper to the Door Hanger

If you use a 8 x 11 piece of paper, the paper will pretty much fit perfectly. You can also use a larger 12 x 12 piece and trim it. Place the door hanger about a half of inch from the edge of the paper (on the wrong side of the paper) and trace it. Fold the paper over the hanger (so each side has a pattern showing). You did this so you will know where center is.

Scrapbook paper folded over wooden door hanger.

Take the hanger off the paper, and flip the paper right side to right side, so you will see the penciled outline of the hanger. Trim around the top and if needed side and bottom so the outline has about 1/2 inch of paper trim around all side except the folded side. On each side (except the folded side) cut little strips. This will make it easier to Mod Podge the paper to the door hanger. It will conform easier to the shape of the door hanger. In the circle in the middle, cut the circle like it was a pizza.

3. Glue Time!

Unfold your paper. Put Mod Podge on the side of paper that is penciled. Put hanger on the paper so it lines up with the penciled outline. Check the other side to see if any bubbles need to be smoothed out before the Mod Podge dries. Then slowly move around the outside putting the trim on the door hanger. (The little tabs you cut earlier) If you're going slow you may need to put more Mod Podge on the tabs if they start to dry and aren't sticking. Move on to the center and create the hole by gluing the "pizza slices" onto the door hanger.

The pizza cut in the center demonstrated on the left. On the right is the center hole post-gluing

After finishing one side, put glue on the other side of the paper and fold it over the door hanger. Make sure there are no bubbles. Once again move around and glue the tabs down and the pizza in the circle.

The back side of the closet hanger. If you look closely, you can see the tabs along the bottom and side.

4. Top Coat

Using your full water bottle, put a light top coat of Mod Podge on the door hanger on both sides. Wait for it to dry and add a second coat. (You can add additional coats as you see fit) Since Mod Podge stays tacky for a while, grab a clear coat spray paint and spray the hangers lightly. This will dry up the Mod Podge

Using water bottles to dry top coat of Mod Podge.

5. Create Label

You have several options for labels. You could use chipboard letters or just write something right on the hangers or print something with something with a Cricut.

What I did was create the labels I wanted with the font I wanted in Word. I did a big label for the main part of the hanger and then a small label for the top part. I printed off the labels to plain white paper and cut around them.

Labels ready to be cut out from paper.

I have a heat laminating machine, so I laminated the labels. You could also use the peel and stick laminate sheets. After the labels are laminated, I trimmed around the labels.

Labels going through the lamination machine.

6. Attach Labels

Since my daughter's sizes will be changing, I wanted to make the labels interchangeable. To do this, I grabbed some peel and stick Velcro. I put the soft side on the hanger and hard side on the laminated label.
Velcro on the labels.
Finished Closet Hanger!



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