Introduction: The Uke Sling - Ukulele Hanger, for Indoor or Outdoor Use.

I developed this after frustratingly snapping another shoelace and after all these years of having no good use for the long bit of shoelace left over (tight huh). At last I’ve found a useful, recycling, eco-friendly way of re-using those old shoelaces as a handy budget ukulele hanger… I called it the Uke Sling from UK Ukee!

The Uke Sling is very versatile! You can use it to hang your ukulele on the wall, hang your ukulele on a coat hook while travelling with your ukulele, hang your ukulele from a finger or just sling it over your shoulder when out and about at ukulele festivals and gigs.

You will not need any tools to make your very own ukulele hanger, unless you want to be really smart and use scissors to tidy up the ends :-)

Here are the 6 easy steps to make your very own Uke Sling (Step 7 details tips, adjustments and customisation of your homemade ukulele hanger)...

Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Materials… an Old Shoelace (and Scissors If You’re Fussy).

Step 2: Tie a Tight Knot As Close to Each End of the Shoelace As Possible.

Step 3: Tie a Slip-knot at Each End of the Shoelace As Close to the Other Knots As You Can, So the Slip-knots Slide Freely Along the Loop.

Step 4: Slide the Slip-knots Over the Lower (closest to the Body) Tuning Pegs of Your Ukulele.

Step 5: Gently Tighten the Slip-knots Against the Tuning Pegs.

Step 6: Pull the Loop of the Shoelace Up, Away From the Body of the Ukulele and Tie a Knot Close to the Headstock of the Ukulele.

Eh voila! You have your very own ukulele hanger! The Uke Sling from UK Ukee.

See the next step for tips, adjustments and customisation.

Step 7: Additional Tips, Adjustments & Customisation

Tip - If the Uke Sling gets in your way while playing, just tuck it under itself (see image).

Adjustment - If you find the loop on your Uke Sling is too long, simply add a knot or two in the loop, thus shortening the hanging length.

Tip - You can of course use a nice new shoelace for this and it would be recommended, to ensure a long-lasting strong ukulele hanger is produced.

Tip - I managed to get two Uke Slings out of one new 45″ (114cm) shoelace.

Adjustment - I’ve found that the rounded nylon shoelaces are good for making your own ukulele hanger, these can be bought very cheaply on the high street or the internet and come in a multitude of colours and patterns giving you the freedom to customise your ukulele hanger to suit your own personal ukulele experience.

If you have any questions about making your own ukulele hanger, just ask, I’ll be happy to help. Please send me images of any you make as I would be very interested to see them and may even post about them on my blog @ http://ukukee.wordpress.com

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DanYHKim made it!(author)2014-04-04

Such nice photography. Really sharp and easy to see. I do not play or own a Ukulele, but really like the use of an otherwise-discarded item to make a new and useful tool.

I would be a little apprehensive about the stress on the screws that hold the tuning mechanism, although I imagine they must be able to stand up to quite a bit of stress since they hold the strings in tension. Have you noticed a change in tuning after the instrument has been hanging for a while?

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UK+Ukee made it!(author)2014-04-04

Hi DanYHKim Thanks for the feedback. I have had no issues with using this on my acoustic soprano and concert size ukuleles, all with geared tuners.

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