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.


Advent Calendars and Coat Hangers

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I know, I know. I just realized Dec. 1 is only a day away (can't get those Annie lyrics out of my head!!). So here are a couple of other neat Advent calendar ideas this time repurposing coat hangers and oh, yeah, branches.

This one is from Mari Eriksson over at Angel at my Table. She used an old wooden coat hanger using what appear to be small cup hooks to hold the Advent parcels. A bit finicky if you're like me and insist on immediate results but, hey, the kids will love this one.

This next one is from the folks at by Fryd Design and they used a wire coat hanger to tie on their cute little Advent bundles. Just wrap the coat hanger in some old tree tinsel and tie on.

So - you say you don't have a wooden or wire coat hanger to use? Well, a neat little tree branch is just the ticket. If you don't have trees of your own, ask a neighbour if you can cut one from their tree. They shouldn't mind, especially when you show them how you repurposed that branch. Cute little banners decorate the plain Jane parcels. This one comes from the blog englemor-hilde (unfortunately, this project has been removed from this site).

Not sure why, but I seem to be visiting a lot of Scandaniavian sites. They sure know how to celebrate Christmas!!

Easy Christmas pinecone wreaths

Posted on December 6, 2010 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (3)

I've had a number of visitors complaining (in a nice way) that my Christmas posts have neglected nature. So, for those of you who love to craft and reuse natural materials, we'll start with pinecones (or pine cones). 

Like Chris over at Just a Girl (check out her pinecone wreath!), I collect my own pinecones, venturing out into the park behind my house and along the Rideau Canal (although, technically you're not supposed to pick those particular pinecones??) hoping that I beat the squirrels to them. Friends who live in the country also bring me bagfuls. 

An aside: I tend to choose projects where the finished product can be recycled or composted so I try to find ones that don't use glitter or anything else that is not suitable. If the instructions call for hot glue, if I can I use string or thin wire instead.

Image Just A Girl

Preparing Your Pinecones


If you've picked your cones outside off the ground, you may want to take some precautions to ensure that you don't bring in any undesirables. I usually leave mine out spread out over a picnic table in the sunshine. That's to ensure that whatever is in the cone, can leave. Then I place them in batches in a warm oven to open the 'leaves' and to dry the cones out. Then I'm ready to work. Here are some sites that have instructions for making Christmas pinecone wreaths.

Pinecone Wreaths

The wreath above is the kind I usually make. I wire the pinecones to a (you guessed it) a wire coat hanger pulled into a round shape. First I add on the big cones and the fill in any spaces with little ones. Then I add a bow or other decoration or sometimes just leave as is. Easy, peasy.

This is my latest version of a simple pinecone wreath--just cones and a wire coat hanger. I just attached each cone to my wire hanger base using floral wire and added a few twigs for interest. I made 6 of these and hung one in each living room window.

The one shown above is easy as well and Rocio over at Casa Haus shows you how to make it. Yay, she uses a wire coat hanger, too.

Image Casa Haus