More Clothes Hanger Recycling Ideas

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Lookee here - the editors of the October 2013 issue of British magazine, Ideal Home, have come up with some clever ways to reuse and repurpose vintage clothes hangers – both wooden and wire. These wooden hangers are absolutely spot-on for keeping magazines and newspapers neat, tidy, and accessible. At one time, haberdashers (that's men's clothing shops to you who don't know) and dry cleaning establishments used to give away wood hangers as advertising. Then wire hangers were invented and away went the wooden ones. Now it's come full circle with cardboard hangers replacing the wire ones and now also displaying the name of the establishment - not quite the same feel, however.

Although the wire hangers look spiffy up on the wall, it takes a bit of work to reuse these as shown. You have to unwind the hanger (use pliers - otherwise forget it) at the hook end and then rewind it each time you need to replace the paper towels or the wrapping paper. Of course, you can cut the hangers in half at the bottom (where you hang the stuff) but then the whole thing gets a bit wobbly. Looks nice, though, and the pretty drawer pulls add glamour to these plain jane wire hang-ups.

For more ideas for recycling clothes hanges, click on categories Wire Coat Hangers and Wreaths. See more Ideal Home (and Ikea) ideas at my other blog.

Green Valentine - Plastic Bag Heart Wreath

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's another green Valentine offering - a heart wreath made entirely of plastic bags! The base of this heart wreath is (you guessed it!) a wire coat hanger.

How to do it:

Stretch the coat hanger into a heart shape first and bend the hook end back so it will not show. Next cut up the plastic bags into small strips (2" by 1") and tie each of these strips to the wire form. I ran out of red plastic bags and just added the white ones to finish my wreath off. Looks pretty good - I think!

Stick it into a plant, hang it on a door, display it on a window - whatever - your Valentine is sure to love it. 

Green Valentine - Something's Growing on Here

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away and I thought I'd post a few ideas to get things started. I try to make Valentines reusing, upcycling, recycling and repurposing stuff, but at the same time I try to make Valentines that don't look reused, upcycled, recycled or repurposed. And it's not difficult.

Here's an idea for the Valentine that loves plants. A Valentine topiary!  I recycled a wire coat hanger, a clay pot (I thoroughly cleaned), and a bit of ivy I cut from an ivy plant that's overgrown. But be sure to use new potting soil.

Make a Valentine Topiary:

You'll need an overgrown ivy plant (if you don't have your own, ask a friend if you can cut some from theirs), a wire coat hanger, a clay pot (or any kind you have handy), and, oh yes, NEW potting soil. First twist or bend the hanger into a heart shape (it doesn't have to be a perfect shape, the plant will cover it), stick the hook end into the potting soil, and then wrap the ivy around the wire form. Water and hand over.

So easy!

The image is mine!

Another use for wire coat hangers

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Cold is over but my energy level is still pretty down so I've not done much lately. I'm working on an idea proposal for recyclables and this is taking up a lot of my time.

But, in the meantime, I spotted yet another idea for recycling a wire coat hanger – found it at Ohhh...Mhhh. You could also use a plastic coat hanger but I’m sure the aesthetic would not be the same and a wooden one would maybe be too bulky.