Here’s a fun little craft project! I wanted to make my clothes hangers a little more exciting, but as most of my hangers are plastic rather than wooden, most of the advice on the internet didn’t really help. There are a lot of people doing decoupage and painting their hangers, but plastic hangers have neither the surface space or the right texture to do this. Then I found a set of instructions for crocheting covers for hangers (also wooden), and I was suddenly hit by an idea. How about braiding hangers? As you can see from the photo above, it works!
For instructions on how to braid, you can visit my post on braiding earphones, which has photographed steps. Doing it on a hanger is exactly the same.
I used aran weight cotton yarn to braid the hanger, in three colours. You’ll notice that one of the colours used is the mustard yellow I have. I have unravelled the mustard yellow jumper I was having problems with, and it is now a pile of balls waiting for a new project! The only advice I will give on choosing yarns to use is that you need to make sure they are colourfast (so you don’t stain your clothes), and try not to use anything fluffy as it will leave fluff inside your clothes.
I did the braiding very tight, and it took a couple of hours to do. It’s an idle task to do in front of the TV as it doesn’t require much concentration. I left the hook of the hanger clear so that it can move easily in my wardrobe, but you could continue around the hook if you wanted to.
I think it will be fun to have random splashes of colour in my wardrobe, especially as I’m making an effort to tidy it all up, so I will do a few more of these! I’m using yarn I already have, and hangers I already have, so it doesn’t cost anything to make my wardrobe fun!