Closet Clean-Out: Five Ways to Upcycle Wire Hangers

yarn-covered wire hangersOkay, do not be mad at me, but I have to post this project. I have to! My grandmother used to make these yarn-covered wire coat hangers, for goodness’ sake. And I’ll tell you what- if I ever happened to wander my way into a church bazaar, and I found these yarn-covered hangers for sale there (and I would), I’d buy them all up in a heartbeat.

The beauty of these yarn-wrapped hangers is partly in their cheeziness, sure, but also? They work!Β The yarn padsΒ the wire hangers just enough that you don’t get those bumps on your T-shirt shoulders, and I’m pretty sure that Mommy Dearest couldn’t have done nearly as much damage with these babies as with the unpadded version.

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6 thoughts on “Closet Clean-Out: Five Ways to Upcycle Wire Hangers”

  1. I do love the yarn covered hanger! My Aunt June taught me how to make them many years ago and we have an abundance of them… My daughter oohed and aahed over one two days ago when one made its way into the front hall closet and she is excited to make her very own special hanger… Seriously? I have to hunt down a couple of wire hangers on purpose now? UGH!

  2. LOL you can do yarn covered plastic hangers, too!

    I use wire hangers to make wings; just wrap the wire with scrap fabric and stretch pantyhose or tights over them. Then you can break out the fabric paint to decorate then if you like.

  3. I JUST made wire hanger butterfly wings! I’d seen some that were made with millinery wire, but they just didn’t look very sturdy, so I tried out wire hangers–not too hard to work with, and VERY sturdy.

    I get wire hangers now from one friend whose husband takes stuff to the dry cleaners. Are dry cleaners the only place left in the world that still hands out wire hangers? Possibly…

  4. These are such great ideas: I especially love the vine trellis. I am currently working on a few upcycling projects of my own. It’s amazing how many cool things you can make by upcycling and as I have found, they make really great conversation pieces when visitors come over as well.

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