I shared this a while back as part of the Dressing Up Dolly Series at Naptime Crafters, but I'm putting it up here on my blog too, for those of you who missed it.
A while back, my husband made this doll clothes closet for my little girl (read about it HERE):
It's basically just a box made of beadboard with hinged doors that open and a dowel for a clothes rod. The inside is lined with scrapbook paper.
Originally I had cut out cardboard hangers, but as time wore on, I knew I wanted to make something a little more sturdy and better looking. The Dressing Up Dolly series was just the motivation I needed to get to work. So I figured out a method to make doll-sized wire hangers and I'm going to share it with you today!
Here's what you need to get started:
1. A picture of a wire hanger (or you can draw it yourself if you are good at stuff like that)
2. A small scrap of wood
3. A few nails
4. A hammer
5. Needle nosed pliers
6. Wire. I bought mine at Joann's in the jewelry section. It was about $1.25 with a coupon and I was able to get eight 6 inch hangers from the 3 yd package. I chose 14 gauge, because that was the thickest size they made. And a bonus... it comes in lots of colors!
|Start by drawing the bottom triangle part of the hanger onto your board. Put a nail or two into each of the three points of the triangle.|
|Next, unroll your wire and start wrapping it around the nails, pulling tight to get the straightest lines you can. Leave a little overlap at the beginning.|
|Twist the triangle together at the top part, using the overlap you left. Use the needle nosed pliers to make sure the end isn't sticking out. We don't want any snagged doll clothes or poked fingers!|
|Use a marker or glue stick that is the size you want to shape the curved top part of the hanger. Cut off any extra wire using the cutters inside your needle nosed pliers.|
|That's it! Look what a cute little hanger you just made!|
|Now your little one can hang up all her doll clothes on real wire hangers!|
|These work great for skirts too if you add two miniature sized clothespins. And seriously, are these not the cutest thing ever?|