These colorful hanger creations were very popular in the 1970s. I used to make yarn covered hangers with my grandmother when I was a kid since she continued making them throughout her life. I still enjoy making them as an adult since they are easy, make great gifts, offer a creative way to utilize those ugly old wire hangers, and help keep things from falling to the bottom of your closet without damaging your clothes!
DIY Yarn Hanger Tutorial
Supplies: Two wire hangers, two balls of yarn – colors of your choice, tape, scissors
Time: approximately 1 hour
Step 1: Tape two wire hangers together at these five key locations
Step 2: Tape the ends of two yarn balls in different colors to the end of the hanger neck, leaving 2-3 inches outside of the tape for extra security
Note: You will hold the hanger between your legs and throughout the remaining steps you will want to keep one ball of yarn on each side of your hanger. IE: one on left; one on right. I used aqua yarn on left and coral on right.
Step 3: Make a knot by slipping the first ball under the wire and slipping it back through the loop and pulling tight. I started with aqua on the left so I pulled those knots to the left. Repeat the knot 5-10 times with the first color.
Step 4: Using the second ball, on your right, make the same knots pulling tight to the right. Count the knots and do as many as you did of the first color on the left.
Step 5: Continue making knots from side to side and you will start to see your two colored pattern forming!
Step 6: Continue knotting all around the hanger, here is what it will look like half-way through
Step 7: When you reach the neck and have completely covered the metal, cut both balls of yarn from the hanger leaving 4-5 inches connected to the hanger (you are almost done)!
Step 8: To complete the hanger, tie the two strands into a bow!
These are fun to do and once you make your first hanger you will be quicker on the next!
Here are 5 tips for you while you continue making yarn hangers:
- Consider using multi colored yarn, it adds a really cool affect to the finished product
- Make them while you are watching your favorite TV show, listening to music or in the car on a road-trip
- This is a great activity for anyone; both children and the elderly would benefit as it exercises your hand joints while counting in your head
- Add yarn pompoms instead of a bow as the finishing touch
- If you share a closet with someone, color coordinate your hangers so you can easily identify what belongs to who