I started making these fun coat hangers a long time ago…like…pre-husband and pre-child. It was back in a day when the most important things I needed to hang up were my purse and the coat that my dog Jimmy wears in the winter time (yes – have a miniature horse sized coat that I put on my Black Lab/Doberman mix in the winter. He is, after all, my first child). I’ve had several people ask me for personalized versions of these hooks and there is little more that I love than making things for other people.
Here’s how to make your own, should you feel inspired to do so (and I hope you do!)!
Start with a wooden craft plank. This one cost me $3.99 at Michael’s. You can also use scrap wood, like from old cabinets. Using craft paint (I suggest Folk Art brand as it covers well), paint the base the color of your choice. This wood typically drinks up a bit of paint, so don’t be afraid to lay it on thick over a few layers. This will make the rest of the paint take more evenly. Allow it to dry.
Drawing your own designs free hand is a creative fun way to color your board, but for this project, I decided to paint a clip art cow. This is where it get easy (as if it wasn’t already). Go online and find an image you want on your craft. The key is to keep it pretty simple (or the K.I.S.S. theory, as my mom says -Keep It Simple, Stupid! Sorry…not calling any of you stupid.). The more intricate and the more colors required, the longer this craft will take you. You can see by my choice of artwork that I am not very ambitious today.
Once you have your artwork printed out, flip it over and scratch heavily with a pencil over the entire area you want traced onto the board. Lay it on heavily so it transfers easily. No need to be exact or precise…just scribble. Brings out the Kindergartener in ya!
Once you have used up plenty of pencil lead and your wrist is tired, turn the paper back over and place it on the board where you want it to be. Secure the paper in place with tape.
*TIPS HERE*: Make sure to measure (don’t just eyeball it) as it’s a bummer when you get done and realize your image is too far to one side. Also, don’t forget to account for where your hook will be screwed in (I’ve moved my cow up on my board so the hook will sit underneath it).*
Now, simply trace the design. Use your pencil to draw over the entire drawing. Press firmly to insure the lead (or graphite, I should say) on the back of the page transfers to the wood. Don’t be tempted to peek! You risk moving the paper, causing the artwork to look misshapen after you’ve traced it.
Once the craft paint is dry, hit your board with a coat or two (depending on how much wear and tear your craft will need to bear) of clear spray paint.
Lastly, it’s hardware time! At your local Target or hardware store, you should be able to find a variety of hooks as well as picture hangers for the backside of the board. Size small picture hangers suffice for this craft…unless you’re planning on hanging bowling balls from it. Most important thing here: measure, measure, MEASURE.
Then, attach the picture hanger and hook. Attach the picture hanger first, followed by the hook (much easier this way). Depending on the hook you selected, you may need to purchase shorter screws, however most smaller hooks come with short enough screws that will not stick out the back. And there you have it…a fun addition to your mud room, nursery or bathroom.