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.
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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!
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.
The kids will love making suncatchers like this for you to display in a window. Find the instructions at The Imagination Tree.
4. Baseball Wreath
Hit the ball out of the park with this sporty baseball wreath!
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.
6. Jingle Bell Wreath
Make a bell wreath to add some festive flair to your home or room!
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?
Help the kids make these wire butterflies and let them flutter around afterward!
9. Elegant Tissue Wreath
This elegant wreath only needs a change of ribbon color to be the perfect wreath for your home.
Put this sweet scarecrow together over at Kids & Glitter.
11. Mesh Wreath
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!
13. Fall Wreath
Collect fall leaves or buy them—either way, the results will yield a lovely fall wreath.
14. Decorative Orbs
These decorative orbs are a lot easier to make than you can imagine. A surprisingly impressive project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20. Notebook Stand
If you don't want to buy a notebook stand, this is a great alternative. Something worth a try.
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!
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.
23. Felt Flowers
Little kids will be able to make a bouquet of felt flowers for Mom or Dad.
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!
25. Halloween Ghost
Here's another cute project to make with the kids to decorate your home or classroom. Craft Elf shares the instructions.
26. Spider Wreath
Make this cool spider wreath for Halloween decorations or an insect study!
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.
28. Sunburst Mirror
Make your own sunburst mirror using wire hangers!
29. Book Holder
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.
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.
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.
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.
35. Santa Ornament
I want to make this paper-mache Santa ornament this coming Christmas season. Would you make something like this?
36. Trick-or-Treat Wreath
Make this delightful trick-or-treat yarn wreath using Halloween favors as picks!
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.
38. Hanging Jar Lantern
These lanterns would be the perfect decoration for a patio party. I love them.
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.
40. Dream Catcher
Make this unique dream catcher using wire coat hangers and yarn. Change the colors of yarn to make this your own.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Sea glass
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.
46. Scroll Wire Wall Art
This seemingly intricate scroll-wire art would be perfect in any home.
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.
48. Wire Sculpture
Creating a sculpture using a wire coat hanger and pantyhose would be a great classroom project.
You never know when you might need some bookends. Learn how to prepare and bend them at Don’t Eat The Paste!
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:
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:
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! :)