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Wire coat hangers are cheap and easy to find. Sure they work well for hanging your dry cleaning but that's just the beginning. Here are 21 ways to upcycle the humble wire hanger.


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Step 1: Razor Organizer

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This keeps your new disposable razors lined up in an organized row. Cut a section of wire and bend it over a socket. Tie a lark’s foot with a rubber band at the curved end. Load the razors and secure them with the rubber band.

Step 2: Belt Keeper

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Keep the loose end of your belt from dangling. Form a piece of wire into a rectangle. Make it so that there is a little friction when the top belt is threaded through. Paint it your favorite color to match.

Step 3: Adjustable Guy Line

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This set up was used in the old days to adjust the tension on ropes anchoring tents. A figure 8 is made by shaping the loops with a pair of pliers over the shaft of a screw driver. The ring is made using the same method. Once on the cord you crimp the ring tight with pliers. 

Step 4: Plate Display

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Form a piece of wire as shown to prop up a plate. You’ll have to play with the angles for your specific plate.

Step 5: Key Ring

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Make a custom key ring with a socket bit. Choose your size socket and wrap the wire around as shown. The wire tends to spring back with larger loops so you may end up using a smaller socket to get the right size.

Step 6: Drain Cleaner

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This is for all you intsructees with long hair clogging your drains. Form a hook. Unscrew / unhook the drain plug. Fish out the hair.

Step 7: Calendar Hanger

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We like to hang a calendar at our house but we don’t like seeing it all the time. The problem with hanging it a cabinet is that the main panel of the cabinet door is too thin to screw into.

Place two small screws on the styles of the door. Next, thread cord through the spiral of the calendar. Form small hooks and lark’s foot them to the cord. Finally, hang them on the hooks.
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SharNandoT21 days ago
The large sowing needle out of the hanger can also be made into a bait rigging needle
KyleP1122 days ago


illy11 month ago

Awesome ideas!

ajc35796 months ago

I use coat hangers for lots of things but you shed a whole new light on the idea. Great instructable, thanks!

apburner7 months ago

Coat hanger yagi antenna for satellite communication


Pogo10 months ago

Good idea!

My father once made a wood drill spade by flattening one end and filing it into shape. He used this bit to run telephone wires into the walls. Using coat hanger wire, he could make drill bit the length he needed.

Poacher011 year ago

Superb 'Ible - Thanks.

I believe the Wire Coat Hanger is the Greatest Invention [after the wheel I guess] and beats sliced bread hands down.

Used the Kilt Pin [safety pin idea] to hold 'Tally discs' for tool boards.

Anyone in the UK would remember the Ford Escort Ariel [bent hanger stuck in the hole] and the portable TV Ariel.

I have been looking at the FishBone for a while to see if I could make one - seeing as how it's yours I'll buy one instead - it's well worth it.

Now that's a good idea. I can't buy upholstery needles down town, it would cause too many people to worry.

One suggestion I would make on the upholstery needle, is when hammering the end for the eyelet, once you make the eyelet, putting a hard wire temporarily through the eyelet, and re-hammering the sides back, so the whole needle will go through, without tearing the fabric.

That's a good one. Thank You. : - }

Dam good ideas - as usual. Thanks again.


How about a toilet roll holder? ;)

No idea why I thought of that.... :P

Done that too! re-bent, and with a wooden dowel with holes drilled in the ends for the hanger. Used to have a couple my Grandfather made for this, a roll in the kitchen, for either small spills, catching/cleaning up a good sneeze!

Gelfling61 year ago

One more, I took a 5/16"-Dia steel weld rod, (can be 3-feet long) added a shaft collar to one end, and drilled a 5/64" hole through the side of the shaft collar, but as close as possible to the center, chucked the rod into a variable speed drill, and used it to wind the straightened, long piece of coat hangers, and straightened pieces of the hook (only scrapping the twist) to make my first suit of chain maille. (then putting the cut rings into a cast-iron pot, adding a little paraffin wax & lighter fluid, to burn off the paint as well as lower the tensile strength.) took me over 20 years to finish. (ept running out of Coat Hangers!)

manuka1 year ago

Although I prefer more flexible tape based versions for portable work (see=>http://www.instructables.com/id/433-MHz-tape-measure-antenna-suits-UHF-transmitte/ ), coat hanger wire suits simple "COTANGA" UHF radio antenna !

Bend a metal coat hanger in half ... Hook becomes a handle. Place on stove element and put bread, bagel or sliced bun on. Use handle to remove from heat, turn toast nd VOILA!
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Ironwave1 year ago

Hey, Your calender is out of date!
Nice 'ible. :-)

jmaxwell51 year ago
Love wire coat hangers ... Thanks
ata1anta1 year ago
We bought a house with a closet we call "Joan Crawford's Nightmare" because it is FULL of wire hangers. Since I am loathe to chuck 'em, this gives me a few new ideas. Thanks!
My Old Man had one on His lunch pale at the Anaconda Copper Co. He filled His pail well up with shingle nails, while They were on the bench at the Change House waiting for the time clock, a "Buddy" unclipped the top and lowered the toggles and slid the clip back. Before the buzzer sounded Dad's Forman sat by Him. At the sound of the buzzer They all left Him on the floor scooping up nails, and trying to get clocked out before He missed the bus to town. Fun.!
askjerry1 year ago
You freaking amaze me.

danwsmith72 years ago
Awesome Instructable!! I definately will be making some of these, I especially like the wrench clothes pin.
poofrabbit3 years ago
You can make a pretty rockin' hotdog/marshmallow cooker as well I'm working on an instructable for one now. I know you get complements all the time, but I want to give you another. I find true joy checking our your instructables and we have accomplished some of your projects at camp and I plan to attempt another with the kids this summer, I will be better about taking pictures and show you. I really appreciate that you take the time to make quality instructables that end with a quality product, you rock!
Mrballeng (author)  poofrabbit3 years ago
Cool!!! Thanks for that. I'm making a parachute man kit specifically as a project for kids. Maybe that could be something you could use this summer.
I think it could! I can't wait to see it!
St Jimmy4 years ago
Thank you for not posting pictures
Yes, we are quite grateful
canucksgirl3 years ago
Thought I'd share with you my coat hanger ible.

It's no where near as elaborate or as awesome as your projects, but it uses only a coat hanger.
Mrballeng (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
Looks good to me. Thanks.
WColeman3 years ago
Note that this only works for certain types of locks. works best with the push-to-lock, push-to-unlock style of lock.
Like the needle idea.
doo da do3 years ago
Made a Drain cleaner before I seen yours and they work good.
they also work great for unlocking a car if you locked your keys inside
Shurweenoya3 years ago
Dude! That's awesome!
I love your instructables!
I love making jewelry - mostly beading, and I'm always wanting cool pendants and such. I've been getting a bunch of cool ideas looking at your stuff!

I was wondering if you could write up a list of the tools you use with a small description on how to use them; with maybe a small list of "Ugly ducklings" that usually spark inspiration for you?

Kryptonite4 years ago
I've done this very thing for a ghillie suit, but out of sparkler wire.
Guy's weekend out, as you can imagine.
gecko_girl34 years ago
Similar type "pins" are also used in knitting as stitch holders. :)
l8nite4 years ago
some great ideas here, Ive used hangers to support brake calipers, power sterring pumps etc when working on a car, unclog a house vacumn hose, hang bird feeders or plants, small pieces bent in a u can be pressed in the ground to direct extension cords for holiday displays and bent into s shapes can hang lights from the gutters or trees
Nice ideas, I used to work next to a Dry Cleaners and so I've got a box of 'em too. Cut and bent them up to fit into the grids I've got next to my computer to hold cables, headphones, among other bits and pieces... and I've still got a bunch left. Maybe I'll try one or two of these ideas too.
I like the safety pin.

another use that I use hangers for every day at work is by having a hook on it like in step five and thats what I use to fish out fuel line/fuel filters out of power equipment (chainsaws, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers)
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