Hey guys! Today I'm super excited to share a DIY project with you for a decorated clothes hanger! This project was actually not on my radar until late last week when I got a super exciting email from the folks at Buzzfeed asking me to come up with a DIY for a pretty decorated clothes hanger for an upcoming post! Guys, my brain kind of exploded, I was so excited!
Now that it's up on Buzzfeed, I can share the project with you here! You should also be sure to go check out the post on Buzzfeed to see all the other awesome ideas people came up with!
When I was approached about this project, I had honestly never thought about decorating my hangers before. But why not??? I love clothes, I love organizing, I love all sorts of pretty little things, so decorating clothes hangers is actually a great project. Immediately, my brain started swimming with ideas. I thought about doing some string art in the middle section, covering the hanger with fabric, painting a fun pattern on it, or maybe insetting fabric into the middle section. Then it hit me: why not decorate the hanger bar with embroidery floss? Yea, that's right, I went all friendship bracelet style on this hanger!
This project is super simple to do, but does take some time, so it's a perfect project to do while you're watching a good movie or having a relaxing day at home.
If you want to make one yourself, you'll just need some simple supplies: a hanger with a bar (preferably a wooden one), four colors of embroidery floss or thin yarn, and scissors.
2. Tie the bundle of embroidery floss around the bottom rung of the hanger and knot it in place. Be sure to leave about 1” of embroidery floss at the end of the knot so you’ll be able to hide the ends.
3. Select your first color of embroidery floss. With the bar of the hanger vertical and the hook of the hanger to your right, hold the remaining pieces of embroidery floss and the ends from the knot flush with the hanger bar. Then, take the selected piece of embroidery floss, bring it to the left, and then over the hanger bar, forming what looks like a “4”. Next, bring the end of the embroidery floss around the back of the hanger, and through the “4” shape. Pull tight to make your first knot.
4. Continue step 3 with your first color until you have a section of color the length of your liking. When you are ready to switch to the next color, simply bring the color you were working with back to flush with the hanger bar, select the next color of embroidery floss, and repeat step 3 with that color. Continue these steps, alternating colors to your liking, until you reach the end of the hanger bar.
5. As you work, you will need to add additional lengths of embroidery floss to the existing ones so you can continue with your work. To do so, simply cut another 36” of that color and tie the new length of embroidery floss to the older one, and then trim the ends to about 1/2". Be sure to think ahead, so you can hide the knot under the other colors of embroidery floss as you work.
6. When you reach the end of the hanger bar, tie a tight knot around it, and trim the ends.
Til next time!