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50 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

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What Crafts Can I Do With Wire Hangers?

Wire hangers are a great supply to use in a fun craft. The projects below would be great to use in a classroom because the hangers are cheap and the kids will enjoy working with them. I've collected a few ideas to help you get started, and I hope you can use what I found to help you plan your classroom or kid activity.

To make the wire hanger mouse above, go to House Mouse.

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1. Christmas Wreath

This beautiful Christmas wreath is made using a coat hanger and Christmas ornaments. Doesn't it glam up the door? Make this in class and hang it on the door!

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2. Mesh Ribbon Wreath

You don't need to purchase a wreath shape to make a ribbon wreath. Just shape a wire coat hanger and follow the directions at Chica and Jo to apply the mesh ribbon.

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3. Suncatcher

The kids will love making suncatchers like this for you to display in a window. Find the instructions at The Imagination Tree.

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4. Baseball Wreath

Hit the ball out of the park with this sporty baseball wreath!

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5. Vintage Wire Milk Basket

This is a really cool vintage wire milk basket. The wire hanger is used for the triangle shape of the handle. I know I've seen colored plastic-covered baskets in the dollar store that would work great for this project.

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6. Jingle Bell Wreath

Make a bell wreath to add some festive flair to your home or room!

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7. Diaper Wreath

Isn't this wreath too cute for words? I can hardly believe it's made with diapers. What new mother would not love this gift?

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8. Butterfly

Help the kids make these wire butterflies and let them flutter around afterward!

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9. Elegant Tissue Wreath

This elegant wreath only needs a change of ribbon color to be the perfect wreath for your home.

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10. Scarecrow

Put this sweet scarecrow together over at Kids & Glitter.

11. Mesh Wreath

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12. Snow Mobile

I really like the idea of making snowflakes for a mobile. It looks so light and unique—House Tweaking shares how to put one together!

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13. Fall Wreath

Collect fall leaves or buy them—either way, the results will yield a lovely fall wreath.

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14. Decorative Orbs

These decorative orbs are a lot easier to make than you can imagine. A surprisingly impressive project.

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15. Clothespin Bag

If you are like me, you enjoy hanging clothes outside when the weather is nice. This clothespin bag is made by upcycling a wire hanger and a t-shirt. It'll definitely keep your pins clean and handy.

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16. Felted Wool Trees

I have never attempted felting wool, but I may need to try it so I can do this project. The wool trees are so very pretty.

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17. Scarf Hanger

Turning a clothing hanger into a scarf/accessory holder is a great and useful idea. The tutorial uses a plastic coat hanger, but I'm sure a wire hanger would also work. Perhaps you could cover the wire with yarn or fabric first.

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18. Yarn Dog

This is a very old craft project I remember doing when I was first married. Quickly whip up this cute yarn dog at Wildcats Playground.

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19. Tin Can Luminaries

These tin can luminaries are a great idea for a patio or garden party. Feel free to change up the colors to use them for different seasons.

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20. Notebook Stand

If you don't want to buy a notebook stand, this is a great alternative. Something worth a try.

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21. Lavender Wreath

If you're blessed to have lavender growing in your garden, this will be a great wreath project for you to tackle!

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22. Bottle Candle Lamp

This bottle lamp looks like a great conversation starter. Make one of these for the bar area of your den and see how many comments you get on it.

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23. Felt Flowers

Little kids will be able to make a bouquet of felt flowers for Mom or Dad.

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24. Heart-Two-Heart

Although Awe of Small doesn't provide written instructions for this heart wreath, you can follow the clear photo instructions to put this together. Notice that there is a larger heart outside the flower-enhanced heart. You'll need a fun collection of ribbons to put this one together!

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25. Halloween Ghost

Here's another cute project to make with the kids to decorate your home or classroom. Craft Elf shares the instructions.

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26. Spider Wreath

Make this cool spider wreath for Halloween decorations or an insect study!

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27. Burlap Wreath

This is such a pretty burlap wreath, and I think it could be used for many seasons just by changing the embellishments.

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28. Sunburst Mirror

Make your own sunburst mirror using wire hangers!

29. Book Holder

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30. Angel or Fairy Wings

Little girls will love flitting around with these Krokotac. Use them for angel or fairy wings. Use colored tulle for the angel wings.

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31. Christmas Tree

When you have limited space or no space to set up a Christmas tree, this wall-mounted "tree" is a perfect solution.

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32. Little Bit of Love

This exquisite project by Craftberry Bush is so beautiful and meaningful that it will make a wonderful gift for anyone. You'll probably want one for yourself, too!

33. Fruit Mobile

A fruit mobile would be a nice project to put together while discussing the value of fruit in our diets.

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34. Cat Tent

Wire hangers and an old t-shirt are all you really need to make this useful cat tent. Your cat will love you for this new place to hide.

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35. Santa Ornament

I want to make this paper-mache Santa ornament this coming Christmas season. Would you make something like this?

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36. Trick-or-Treat Wreath

Make this delightful trick-or-treat yarn wreath using Halloween favors as picks!

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37. Slipper and Mitten Dryer

This doodad will come in handy when you trek into the house with wet shoes or mittens and need to dry off.

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38. Hanging Jar Lantern

These lanterns would be the perfect decoration for a patio party. I love them.

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39. Porch Light Decoration

This is definitely one Christmas decoration I'll be making this year. This is such a simple idea that I'm surprised we haven't seen it before.

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40. Dream Catcher

Make this unique dream catcher using wire coat hangers and yarn. Change the colors of yarn to make this your own.

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41. Wrapping Paper Wreath

This wreath is made of wrapping paper, and I think the end result is lovely! It's a strategic way to put those paper scraps to use.

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42. Shoe Hangers

Keep your sandals off the floor and easily available with these shoe hangers. It could even make the process of putting an outfit together easier in the mornings.

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43. Ribbon Wreath

I realize you may not really need any directions for making this ribbon wreath, but I thought even the picture could inspire you to create a nice spring wreath.

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44. Snowflake Ornament

You'll want to make a bunch of these snowflakes when you see how easy they are to put together. Here are a few ideas for what you can use instead of buttons:

  • Flat-backed gems
  • Coins
  • Sea glass
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45. BOO

Start saving the wire hangers now so you'll have enough to make Halloween words with the kids. Find the instructions for making this project at Not Just Decorating.

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46. Scroll Wire Wall Art

This seemingly intricate scroll-wire art would be perfect in any home.

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47. Huge Bubbles Wand

When you want to make huge bubbles, you need a huge bubble wand. The directions for this project are no longer available, but the picture pretty well explains how the wand was made.

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48. Wire Sculpture

Creating a sculpture using a wire coat hanger and pantyhose would be a great classroom project.

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49. Bookends

You never know when you might need some bookends. Learn how to prepare and bend them at Don’t Eat The Paste!

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50. Plate Hanger

Have you ever purchased a really inexpensive plate just because you liked its colors and then found out how expensive a plate hanger can be? Here's a solution.

Questions & Answers

Question: Dp you have simple directions to cover a hangar with yarn to keep clothes from sliding off shoulders?

Answer: Check out this site: BRIT+CO https://www.brit.co/diy-neon-nonslip-hangers/ Hope this is what you are looking for.

© 2011 Loraine Brummer

Hang Around Awhile - and leave a comment

anonymous on March 13, 2013:

These are some amazing ideas! I gotta try some.

norma-holt on January 07, 2013:

Beautiful ideas here. Just threw out all my wire coat hangers as they tend to tarnish. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

motobidia on December 10, 2012:

Wow - so many artistic uses of coat hangers! My wife teases me that I can fix anything with a coat hanger, and now I can actually impress her with making something, perhaps less practical, but much nicer out of one of those.

ConnieGreen LM on November 17, 2012:

some great ideas here - thanks!

Pugcentric on October 28, 2012:

great repurposing projects!

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on July 27, 2012:

These are such cute ideas! I'm going to have to try some of these with my daughter when she's a little older.

anonymous on July 22, 2012:

Wow! I love the slipper and mitten dryer idea!!! The spider with the long legs would be great for Halloween decorations, I might need to try this! *Blessed!*

antoniow on July 13, 2012:

Awesome lens about wire coat hanger crafts! Great job!!

dream1983 on July 12, 2012:

Great article, nice job!

anonymous on June 29, 2012:

It takes a creative and artistic mind to use diaper as a wreath. Good job.

sandi_x on June 25, 2012:

Cool ideas

glutenallergy on April 25, 2012:

This is the type of lens that amazes me, as I would have never thought there could be so many crafty ideas for a common wire hanger. Thanks for sharing :)

anonymous on April 20, 2012:

Wow, these are some very Cool Ideas!!!

anonymous on April 10, 2012:

coolio:)

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on March 05, 2012:

The daddy long legs is freaky; love it!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on February 14, 2012:

Well, these hanger crafts are adorable, especially daddy long legs. Too cute!

WriterJanis2 on February 06, 2012:

How very creative! I never knew so many crafts could be made from hangers. Blessed!

Brandi from Maryland on February 06, 2012:

These are so cute! I love the Hick Chick! :)