Whether when you buy a new piece of clothing or go to the dry cleaners, you will often end up with a wire hanger. These hangers can stack up in your closet and take up a lot of space. But you can use these old hangers for interesting and useful ways.
There are tons of unique things you can do with old wire hangers, from arts and crafts projects to home repairs. Since wire hangers are so pliable, it’s easy to make them into any shape you’d like! With a few twists, you can turn a wire hanger into art, an organizer, or a useful tool.
If you have a closet full of wire hangers and no idea what to do with them, this list will help you. Read on to learn about some of the best projects you can do with your old wire clothes hangers.
1) Wind Chime
A wire hanger is a great base for a wind chime. Hang chimes, beads, and any other decorations you’d like to a black wire hanger. Then, place the hanger on a hook outside your house. This easy craft looks and sounds beautiful!
2) Wire Roses
With a little patience and perseverance, you can create wire roses using old wire coat hangers. Unwind the coat hangers, and then use pliers to twist them into the shape of a rose. It may take a little while to get the roses exactly right, but it will be worth it when you see how great they look on your walls!
3) Floral Wreath
A wire hanger makes the perfect base for a beautiful floral wreath that will look great hanging up in your house. To make this wreath, first shape the hanger into a circle. Then, wrap decorative leaves around the wreath. Glue on your favorite fake flowers, and then let the wreath dry. Then, hang it up wherever you’d like in your house.
4) Fairy Wings
If you’re looking for an easy DIY costume, try using a wire hanger to make fairy wings. To make these wings, all you’ll need is two wire hangers, pliers, masking tape, a hot glue gun, a pair of pink tights to form the wings themselves, and glitter for decorating. To learn how to make these lovely wings, check out this easy tutorial.
5) Flip Flop Organizer
Having trouble keeping your flip flop collection organized? Use wire hangers to create a flip flop organizer! Use pliers to cut the hangers, and then roll up the edges. Then, if you’d like, you can glue ribbon to the hangers to make them look cute. Hang the flip flops from each side of the hanger, and then hang up your shoes in your closet. With this flip flop organizer, you’ll never have to worry about losing your shoes again.
6) Key Ring
With a pair of pliers, you can easily transform a wire hanger into a simple key ring. Cut the wire hanger using pliers, and then curl the straight portion of the wire around a socket. Keep curling until the key ring is the right size for you. This little ring will always keep your keys safe.
7) Sunburst Mirror
If you have a ton of wire coat hangers in your closet, use them to create this stunning DIY sunburst mirror. This mirror features 18 wire coat hangers that are spray-painted gold. To learn how to make this mirror, check out this helpful tutorial. Your friends won’t believe that this beautiful mirror is made from old wire hangers!
8) Wire Hanger Mobile
Using a wire hanger, you can easily make a mobile that will look perfect hanging up in a nursery. You can attach any decorations you’d like to this mobile, from handmade flowers to little stuffed animals. To learn how to make this mobile, check out this tutorial.
9) Card Display
If you received a beautiful card and want to display it on your fridge, try making this wire hanger card display. Cut out the straight portion of the hanger, and then curl the edges using pliers. Place two small, round magnets on your fridge, and then attach the wire to the magnets. Then, simply hang up your card.
10) Bubble Blower
Kids will love playing with this fun wire bubble blower! To make it, simply shape the wire hanger into a circle, and then dip it in bubble solution. This craft is easy to make and tons of fun!
11) Artwork Display
Looking for an easy way to display your favorite pieces of artwork? Create a lovely display using wire hangers and metal clips! This art display is completely customizable, and it’s a great way to create a unique look on your wall.
If you’re looking for a fun craft to do with your kids, try making this wire hanger suncatcher. To make these suncatchers, first shape the wire hangers into hearts. Then, have your kids glue on bright colored strips of tissue paper until all the gaps are filled. Hang the suncatchers on your window, and watch as beautiful colors filter into your room.
13) Razor Organizer
Using a wire hanger and a rubber band, you can easily create a great organizer for your disposable razors. Cut out a section of the wire hanger, and then bend the wire into a U-shape using pliers. Then, attach the rubber band, and secure it using a lark’s foot knot. Place the razors on top of the rubber band, and store them wherever you’d like.
14) Cookbook Stand
It’s always annoying when you’re trying to follow a recipe and your cookbook won’t stay open. To keep your cookbook secure, make a simple cookbook stand using an old skirt hanger. The clips on this hanger are nice and sturdy, and they’ll make it easy for you to read the instructions for your recipe.
15) Wire Christmas Tree
Wire hangers make a great base for festive decorations. Using a few hangers, you can make a Christmas tree! Use wire hangers for the tree’s structure, and then decorate the tree with any material you’d like, from garland to ornaments. Head here to get the full tutorial for this jolly decoration.
16) Paper Towel Holder
If you need a new paper towel holder for your kitchen, try making one out of a wire hanger. Cut the bottom bar of the hanger, and slide your paper towels on. Then, hang the paper towel holder up in your kitchen using the coat hanger’s hook.
17) Upcycled Entryway Holder
Using a white coat hanger, you can create a fun and funky entryway holder! Hang the coat hanger upside down on your entryway wall. Then, attach any decorations you’d like to the hook portion of the hanger. You can use this hanger to hold your keys, scarves, or any other item you usually grab right before leaving the house.
18) Hanging Mason Jar Lantern
These hanging Mason jar lantern decorations would look great hanging up at a wedding or an outdoor party! To make these adorable hanging Mason jar lanterns, all you’ll need is a wire coat hanger, a Mason jar, spray paint, glue, and a few cute ribbons. Head here for the full tutorial on all to make these lovely decorations.
19) Kitchen Towel Holder
Using one black wire hanger and a pair of pliers, you can make a simple and beautiful kitchen towel holder. To make the holder, first cut the wire hanger, and then shape it into a circle. Wrap the end of the wire around the hanger’s hook until you feel that it’s secure. Then, cut off the extra wire and tighten up the wire using needle-nose pliers. Then, drape your favorite towel onto the holder and hang it up in your kitchen!
20) DIY Cat Tent
If you’ve been wanting to get a new toy for your cat, try making them this DIY cat tent. To make this tent, you’ll need masking tape, two wire hangers to use as the tent frame, a piece of cardboard for the tent’s base, and an old-t-shirt to create the tent itself. If you’re interested in making this cute tent for your fur baby, check out the full tutorial here.
21) Drawstring Fixer
If you need to fix the drawstring on your bag, a wire hanger can help with that. First, unwind the coat hanger so it’s one long wire. Then, make a small loop at the end of the wire. Feed the loop through the opening of the bag until the drawstring comes out the loop on the other end of the bag. Then, release the wire and adjust the drawstring.
22) Jewelry Organizer
A spray-painted wire hanger can make a great organizer for all of your favorite pieces of jewelry. To make this organizer, you’ll need a clothes hanger, 12-gauge wire, and pliers. You’ll also need something small and round to help shape the organizer—nail polish works well for this. For the full tutorial for this easy organizer, head here.
23) Craft Ribbon Holder
If you love crafting with ribbons, this craft ribbon holder is perfect for you. To make this holder, simply cut the bottom of the wire hanger and then put on your ribbons. Once you’re done, tape the hanger back together with masking tape or Scotch tape. This holder is easy to make, and it will look great hanging up in your home.
24) Pot Lid Holder
With a couple of twists, you can turn your old wire hangers into pot lid holders that will look great hanging up in your kitchen. If you’d like, you can also spray-paint the wire hangers to match the color scheme in your kitchen. To learn how to make this pot lid holder, check out this quick and easy tutorial.
25) Sunglasses Organizer
If you love buying new sunglasses but don’t have anywhere to put them, try making this sunglass organizer. Spray-paint your wire hanger any color you’d like, and then hang it up in your room. Then, simply hang the sunglasses on the bottom bar of the hanger. This hanger looks great, and it won’t cost you a penny.
26) Wire Hanger Bat
If you’re looking for a spooky project to do around Halloween, try making these wire hanger bats. To make these fun bats, you’ll just need some wire hangers, a pair of black tights to make the bats’ bodies, some googly eyes, and string to hang the bats. Check out the full instructions for this fun project here.
27) Plate Display
Want to display one of your favorite plates? Create an easy plate display using one wire hanger and some pliers. Twist the hanger into a square shape, and then adjust it so it fits the dimensions of your unique plate.
28) Plant Stakes
If the plants in your garden are starting to droop over, use two wire hangers to support them. The hangers will help your plants stand upright, and they’ll stop the plants from falling over any farther. To learn how to make this easy plant supporter, check out this video.
29) Pool Skimmer
A wire hanger can be used to remove leaves, bugs, and other debris from your pool or bird bath. To make this easy skimmer, bend your wire hanger until it’s a circular shape. Then, stretch pantyhose over the circular part of the wire hanger. If you’d like, you can attach a broom handle to the hanger using electrical tape to make the skimmer longer.
30) Unclogging A Drain
With a wire hanger, unclogging a drain is easy as can be. Unwind the hanger so it becomes one long metal wire, but keep the hook. Then, feed the wire down the drain, and pull out the hair, soap scum, or food that’s causing the clog. Once you’ve finished, pour boiling water down the drain.
31) Book Holder
An upcycled wire hanger makes a great book or magazine holder! You can use this holder to display your favorite books on your walls. Or, you can use it to prop up a cookbook while you’re making dinner. You can even paint the wire hanger to add more personality to your book holder. To learn how to make this easy and useful magazine and book holder, check out this tutorial.
32) Scarf Organizer
When wintertime rolls around, you may find yourself with tons of scarves and nowhere to put them. To keep your scarf collection organized, make a scarf organizer out of a wire hanger. To make this easy organizer, simply attach shower rings to the base of the wire hanger. Thread your scarves through the shower rings, and then hang up the organizer in your closet. With this organizer, you’ll never worry to worry about losing track of your favorite scarves again!
33) Tablet Stand
If you’re watching TV on your tablet or trying to read on it, putting the tablet on a stand can be very helpful. But instead of going out and buying a stand, try making one with a wire hanger. This video will show you how to make a great, sturdy stand for your tablet or iPad.
34) Marshmallow Roaster
The next time you go camping, be sure to bring some untwisted wire hangers with you. Wire hangers make great marshmallow roasters—when they’re untwisted, they’re long enough that you won’t have to worry about accidentally burning yourself. Check out the full tutorial for making these cute marshmallow roasters here.
35) DIY Topiary
Add a unique flair to your houseplants by making this DIY topiary! To make the topiary, first straighten out the hanger’s hook—this is the part you’ll place in the dirt. Then, shape the coat hanger’s body into a circle. Twist ivy around the coat hanger until it’s completely covered, and then place the topiary in a pot.
36) Snowflake Ornament
With just some white buttons, a few hangers, some burlap string, and glue, you can create a snowflake ornament! To make the ornament, first cut out six long and six shorter pieces from your wire hangers. Hot glue the twelve pieces to a white button, alternating between short and long pieces. Then, hot glue the rest of your white buttons to the wire pieces until they’re completely covered. Then, attach a string to the top of the ornament, and hang it up wherever you’d like!
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