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DIY Coat Hangers…inspired by nature

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Today I’m sharing with you my latest DIY home improvement project.  Coat Hangers inspired by nature…and a mashup of a few posts I found on Pintrest.  This project is so easy and you can basically find the materials in your yard, in your garage and with a quick trip to your local hardware store.

Materials:

  • Pruning shears
  • Branches that are strong enough to hold a jacket or at least ½ “ in diameter
  • 2×4 or 1×4 piece of wood cut to your desired length
  • Paint (2 colors = one for branches and one for board)
  • Dropcloth
  • Wood screws
  • Power drill with drill bit and Phillips screwdriver bit
  • Mounting hardware (optional)

Here’s what I did:

1.  I spent about 30 minutes cutting off sections of branches from small trees with some simple pruning shears.  I collected about 15 in case I needed extra or some didn’t fit or weren’t strong enough.

2.  I cut a piece of 2×4 that had been hanging around my garage for quite some time to a 32” length.  (I actually cut 2 boards since I was going to do 2 coat hangers).

3.   I chose to use spray paint on this project but you can use regular paint if you’d like.  I like to say that I don’t like brush marks but part of it is I’m lazy as well 🙂  I used Lowes spray paint and primer in White (gloss) for the branches and Plumberry (gloss) for the boards.  CoatHanger14.  2 coats of paint on each

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5.  Once dry, I then arranged the branches where I wanted them and then trimmed them down to an appropriate size.

6.  Using the power drill with the drill bit I then drilled 2 pilot holes into each branch straight through to the board.

 

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7.  Lining up the holes in the branch with the ones on the board I then used the drill to screw down the screws.

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8.  Repeat steps 6 & 7 until you’ve attached all your branches.

9.  I didn’t use mounting hardware, rather I found a couple of studs and screwed these things directly to the wall.

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10.  For a finishing personal touch I added these little scrapbook stickers I found at Michaels to cover the screw heads.  You can always just paint the heads to match the color of the branches as well.

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Voila, done!  Now my guests, both tall and short, have a place to hang their stuff and I only spent roughly $15 (paint & stickers) to complete 2 coat hangers (10 hooks).  Stylish, durable, personal, and cheap!

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6 Responses to DIY Coat Hangers…inspired by nature

  1. christin Pounds
    christin Pounds May 13, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Great idea, they turned out awesome!!

  2. Nissa May 13, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Super cute Shannon! Love them!

  3. Shannon Ly
    Shannon Ly May 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Thanks Nissa and Christin…I had a lot of fun making them. Think I’m going to have to get myself some wood working tools. Ha!

  4. Tasha May 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    So cute and creative!

  5. Erika Martin May 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Love these! I added them to my Nature Art pin board on Pinterest.

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