Saturday, February 18, 2012

Christopher Robin Coat Hanger

Welcome to the Decorate Your Home Blog Hop! 
If you came from Nicollette's blog at Beyond Scrappin', you are in the right place.

Today I am sharing this fun upcycled coat hanger for you. My youngest son has already called "dibs" on it!:)

I created this terrific coat hanger. I repainted it, changed out the hardware, and added a super-fun Christopher Robin quote using my Cricut, the Simply Sweet cartridge, and vinyl. 

This is what the coat hanger started as. I bought it from a garage sale for $1! It needed and insert for the middle and new hardware but for a $1 I couldn't leave without it!

First I cut a piece of wood for the insert. I used some 1/4" backer board. I just used a table saw and sanded the edges to fit. I then put a couple of thin layers of sky blue paint ($1 at Lowes). 

I pulled off the hardware and painted the frame with a few layers of $1 black spray paint. I used a semigloss finish. After the front was dry I flipped it over and painted the back too. 

When the insert was dry, I used a sponge and white acrylic paint to add clouds. I just think it really would fit with my Christopher Robin quote. :)

I put the insert in the frame and placed the new hardware on to get a good look at where the hooks would overhang the insert. This will help me when I am ready to place the words on the insert.

Using clear shelf paper, I created a transfer tape for my quote. I cut the quote on my Cricut, using the Simply Sweet cartridge. First I removed the negative space (all the extra vinyl around the letters and inside the letters). Then I placed the correct side of the vinyl letters face down onto the clear shelf paper. Using the grid paper from the shelf paper, I made sure the quote was straight.

Then I flipped the clear shelf paper over and applied it to the finished insert. I was very careful to line it up as straight as possible and burnished the letters down. Then I slowly pulled back the clear shelf paper. It really is pretty easy to apply the lettering this way and the clear shelf paper is so much cheaper that the vinyl transfer tape that Provo Craft sells for a project like this.

Here is one last look at my finished home decor project. 

Project breakdown:
coat hanger (from garage sale) : $1
wooden insert / scrap wood : on hand
Sky blue spray paint : about .50 cents
Black semigloss spray paint : about .50 cents
new hardware : $1.50 each or $4.50
vinyl : .50 cents
clear shelf paper : .10 cents
Total cost: $5.40

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jessica said...

OMG this is awesome Cheryl! Love the quote! What a great way to recycle!!

Karen said...

Very nice recycle projects. Looks good-no wonder your son called dibs on it. TFS

Karen C
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Judy said...

Cool!! I really love how you redid this and the quote is great!! TFS...
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Anonymous said...

Love this! I love garage sale finds most people don't realize how cheeply they could have fixed this coat hanger but there loss if your gain :-) I am following you.

Bobby said...

Gotta love a bargain you can turn into something special. Great job!

Cyndi S said...

Love your coat hanger. Love the quote that you used.
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Marcia said...

Love the idea! I am always looking to revamp different unused items to make them viable again.

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Awesome project, I love that is upcycled.

Katsews at gmail dotcom

Rhonda said...

I love it. What a great way to upcycle. I can't wait to see what you do next. New follower..

Rhonda (

Unknown said...

great project, i'm a new follower

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

You are talented! I am sure you felt much reward upon completing this coat hanger.

KristaInMN at gmail dot com

Connie Gail said...

I can see why your son has 'dibbs' on it ~ just love it! I was really impressed with the way you made the clouds ~ good idea! Hope you don't mind if I lift this idea from you. Thanks...:)

Scrappers' Ranch said...

Hey Cheryl

This is so adorable, I know why your son has claimed this as his!I love how you painted the clouds
I am already a follower of your blog
scrappersranch @ aol dot com

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is awesome! It turned out so well, and I just love when you can do it for such a bargain! Thanks for the fun idea and I love the quote choice!
lisascreativeniche at

Rosie said...

WOW what a great idea

Georgiana said...

You always amaze me with your projects. They are wonderful! I am so jealous! : )

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Shelley said...

This is awesome Cheryl! Great job! Love it!

Pink Lady's Paradise said...

I am so impressed that you had the vision to see what a great project that would turn out to be. You did a really great job. I love the quote too.

Thanks for the inspiration,
Cindy :)

vick6740 said...

This coat hanger looks very professional!! Love it!! Tfs!!

Theresa said...

I love this project. I am sooo going to try the shelf paper, I think that is an amazing idea and using the lines to make sure its straight, I am loving that idea. Thanks for sharing your tips, I am going to give them a try. I see why your son called dibs it looks amazing!!!

Patricia Hurlburt said...

So great! Love this! Thanks for sharing.

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mum of two said...

Love everything about it! What a find at a garage sale. I really like the quote. Amazing :)


Nicolette said...

Great project!! Thank you so much for being in the hop.
Happy Stampin,

Unknown said...

I LOVE this idea!! TFS!!!!

Anna said...

Wow this is just awesome!!!
Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Claire Spielman said...

Fabulous recycled frame & the quote is PERFECT! Perhaps you should start selling these???
TFS & please stop by....
Creative Wishes,
Claire S.

Babe O'Mara said...

Great project. Love the quote. Nice job.