Introduction: Outlet Peg (coat Hanger)

About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace ( in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ot…

One of the kids had a great idea for a peg to hang his clothes. He wanted to make it out of an old plug. So we browsed around in my workshop and came up with this easy project.

Step 1: You Will Need

You will need:

  • Double European outlet
  • 2 plugs
  • 2 big nails
  • some heat shrink tube

  • screwdriver
  • lighter

Step 2: Prepare the Plugs

To prepare the old, used plugs, you will need to open them and remove any wires that are still inside.
We also cleaned them up a little bit.

Step 3: Prepare the Nails

The nail is going to be the actual peg. You could use a straight nail, but we thought a nice bend would make it so much nicer. We used a vice to bend the nails.
Next we shoved some heat shrink tubing over the nails. (The white tubing makes it look like electrical wire)
When you heat up the tubing, it will shrink tight over the nail. We used a lighter to heat up the tubing, but a hair dryer works even better.

Step 4: Make the Plug-pegs

When we combine the plugs with the nails, we will have the pegs.

Put the nail in the strain release of the plug. Make sure that the nail can't and won't be able to reach one of the legs from the plug. We don't want anyone to be electrocuted when someone accidentally puts one of the plug-pegs in a real, live, outlet!
Tighten the strain release.
Close the plug.

Step 5: Finishing Up

Screw he outlet on the wall the usual way by taking of the outer cover. Than screwing the inner parts on the wall and putting back the outer cover.
Now plug in the plugs and you are finished.
If you have heavy things to hang on the pegs or the outlet doesn't hold the plugs in tight, you can glue the plugs in place.

We really liked our result. We hope you do to.

(designed by a 12 year old)