Introduction: Cover Up a Bare Picture Hook With Sugru


My favorite handmade broom hangs from a heavy-duty picture hook in the doorway of the kitchen. It's a practical storage solution, but is also extremely ugly. I wanted to make it look better and thought perhaps sugru might be a good material. it turned out it was.

Step 1: Materials


Besides the bare hook, all that is needed is sugru and in this case, two tiny black beads.

I used three colors of sugru: blue, green and orange. Of course, you can choose the color, amounts and embellishments to suit your particular needs.

Step 2: Mixing Sugru Colors


Inspired by this video, I decided to mix a custom teal color. One full packet of green and about 1/3 packet of blue combined into something that fit into the house colors a little better.

Step 3: Shaping the Hook Cover


I was surprised by the stickiness of sugru, but this quality also made it easy to press a small blob over the hook and onto the wall.

Step 4: Adding Details


A smaller blob of orange sugru was formed into a beak. And though I could have used black for the eyes, I thought the beads would be easier and more lifelike than what I could sculpt myself. 

Step 5: A Bird's Head Hook Cover


The whole project took maybe 10 minutes. It's a simple change that makes the room feel a lot warmer than the bare hook did. Not a classic sugru hack--but since I use the broom every day, I think of it as a welcome visual "repair."

Comments

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projectsugru (author)2011-03-22

Hi Sylrig, here at sugru we're putting together a little booklet / manual that will be shipped with all our orders. We'd love to feature this as one of the hack examples in there - would that be ok with you? If so would you be able to email me a high res version of the first photo on here? Hope you're up for it - it's a beautiful use of sugru!

Jane.

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sylrig (author)projectsugru2011-03-22

Sure! I'll get the photo to you as soon as I can find it. Thank you so much for including this little bird in with all the wonderful sugru projects I've been seeing.

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sugrujane (author)2010-11-26

Hi Sylrig! Hey we featured this gorgeous hack on our sugru monthly newsletter this November - did you see it? If not if you email me at jane@sugru.com I can fwd it to you, and also you get a little prize for being featured, but I need your address to send it, so please do email me! Jane.

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ChrysN (author)2010-10-09

Cute bird head, I really like the teal, I should try mixing colours.

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sylrig (author)ChrysN2010-10-10

Thanks! I love your sugru stamps.

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FrozenIce (author)2010-10-10

Question: what eggsactly is sugru is it like clay or something????

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sylrig (author)FrozenIce2010-10-10

It's a kind of malleable, air-curing silicone. Feels like a sticky clay, but then solidifies into a semi-hard permanence. Here's the website: http://sugru.com/

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altontoth (author)2010-10-08

Well done! Did you have something else to do with the remaining sugru, or did you find a way to seal it up for later use?

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sylrig (author)altontoth2010-10-09

Thank you! I used some of the leftover sugru to make soft-jaw pliers, as per this instructable.

A small remainder, unfortunately, had to go unused. Next time I will try to line up several projects before opening a new packet.