In thee shop: Upcycled Denim Patchwork Reversible Bucket Hats

These patchwork reversible bucket hats are all handmade unique with upcycled blue and black denim. They are my latest pieces, available in the shop, ready to ship.

You can find this one with the checkered detail: Here

This one has frayed details throughout, you can find it: Here

This is a patchwork that also features frayed pieces. You can find it: Here

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Upcycled Broken Clothes Hangers Wall Hooks Rack


Whoever thought of velvet hangers, thank you. They are genius. No slippage whatsoever. However they tend to break easily because they can't handle a lot of weight. I've learned not to use them for thick winter coats.


Maybe the hangers should be all metal covered in velvet as opposed to plastic. They have metal hooks, why not keep it going all around? Anyway when they break the metal hook remains in perfect condition. I couldn't dispose of them. I kept them all awaiting some project to come to mind to utilize them. The project that eventually came to be: A Wall Hooks Rack. Voilà!

Perfect for necklaces!
Perfect for hats!
All you need to make this, besides the metal hooks you saved from broken hangers is a wooden plaque like this:

  • spray paint
  • a drill
  • super glue

Take your wooden plaque and spray paint it whatever color you want. You could decoupage with paper or fabric too and really make it something special. Depending on how many hooks you want to give your wall rack, you drill the holes to where the hook fits but doesn't go all the way through so it's not unsightly in the back. Also that keeps the back laying nicely flat against the wall. Apply super glue to the hook and insert it into the hole you made for it. Let the glue set and you're done.

I used command strips for the back to attach it to the wall.

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CLEVER WAYS TO UPCYCLE HANGERS

Hangers can come in all different materials like wood and plastic but the original hanger was made of wire. Todays wire coat hanger was inspired by a clothes hook patented in 1869 by O A North of New Britain Connecticut (click to learn more).

Here's a riddle for you: What uses the same amount of steel each year as 60,000 cars?

You may be surprised to learn the answer: 3.5 billion dry-cleaner wire hangers, which nearly all consumers toss in the trash. (Hanging On: The Impact Of Your Wire Hangers by Leah Ingram)

Stop throwing them away! Here's a list to help you do that...

Create a Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Use Hangers to Hang Other Things Besides Clothing:

Books/Magazines

Paper Towels in the Kitchen

DIY Add Shower Curtain Rings to Hold Scarves

Reshape to Hold Toilet Paper (Invented by Studio Stallinga)

Reshape to Hold your Flip Flops

Turn Upside Down for Instant Towel Hooks

Hold Up Art (Idea via an '08 edition of O at Home Magazine)

Hold Up Recipes While Cooking

Wire Topiary

Plant Markers

Campfire Roasting Sticks

DIY Neon Nonslip Hangers

Add Little Hooks and Organize Jewelry

Laundry Room Wall Art (As done by designer Matthew Mead)

Construct Unique Lighting Fixtures:

"Hangeliers" by Organelle Design

Wire Hangers Lamps by 101 Design Studio

Make Chairs?
Coat hanger chair by Style My Life

Coat Check Chair by Joey Zeledón

Hanger Chair by Vanessa Marie Robinson

Ever wondered how hangers first came to be? Read all about that here:
The Clothes Hanger - From Wire To Plastic by the "Origins of Everyday Things" blog.