Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Repurpose: Arty wooden hangers


One of the most popular posts on this blog is a round up of ideas for repurposing wood hangers. Vintage and otherwise. One of my favorites has always been the use of vintage skirt hangers to hang art. And I finally got around to trying it in my new apartment.


I was able to buy a lot of 12 hangers on eBay for $20. I love all the different shades and wood grains! Some are vintage. Some aren't. 


What sparked the idea to use hangers? The desire to display a few completely random things, some of which happened to be fabric. In the center, above, is a piece of vintage, Jacobian crewel-work I found on eBay. It's supposed to be a pillow cover but is unmade. I loved everything about it and intended to turn it into a pillow cover. Then the colors didn't work in the living room. 


Similarly, in the spirit of experimentation, I had two small works of art (that I own) printed onto fabric (I used Spoonflower). Both are from Paintings in the Post - my cousin Heidi's daily painting collection. I ordered fabric samples and had low expectations about how they'd look. Honestly, I was blown away. The colors were just as vibrant as the original work. And now I had two more beautiful things I didn't want to waste.





So I ordered the hangers. And it didn't take long to figure out that, as is often the case, random things hang together rather well. The poster is from Lisa Congdon's hand lettering collection (one of may Anais Nin Quotes that I love).



I wish I could get better images but my new place has beige walls. I would so much rather have WHITE walls, but no. Beige. And try as I might, I can't remove the dull cast of the walls in *every* picture I take. Grumble.