My goal was to make a scarf organizer with the following qualities:
- easy to sort through (to find the right scarf)
- easy to put scarves away
- minimized funky wrinkling
- doesn't take too much space
- could handle a lot of scarves (I've got 15 after the last purge)
- modular (so I can always have the right number of hooks)
- relatively inexpensive (mine cost $9)
This was my solution inspired primarily by the diy globe cluster lights that have been making the rounds.
You could buy one of the many types of scarf hangers, but the ones I've tried are often too much work (to put away, to find the scarf you want) or take too much room, or are too expensive. Boxing is also an option (either all in one box, or each folded in its own box), but I've got space to hang objects, less to shelve them.
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Step 1: Implements of Destruction (i.e. Tools)
- Two sets of Pliers
- Two Hands
Step 2: Ingredients
For the scarf holders:
10" of Chain for each scarf (I went with a lightweight metal chain that wasn't soldered together, as you need to pull apart rings to make the lengths you like)
Shower curtain rings (as many rings as you want for scarves--they typically come in packs of twelve)
Carabiner (make sure the chain will fit through your carabiner. Get more if you're going to do more than about twelve, as the bundle gets a little tight after that)
Cost breakdown for my twelve:
$5 for 10' of $0.51 chain
$2 for 12 clear shower curtain rings
$2 for the carabiner
Step 3: Putting It All Together
Putting it all together:
Take the chain and measure where you'd like a ring to be (I ranged my rings from about 8" to 12" so no two were at the same height--and thus the bulk of the shower curtain rings were spread out).
Take the pliers and hold either end of the ring you'd like to remove and pull apart.
Place one end through the carabiner, add a shower curtain ring to the other.
Rinse and repeat, until you have as many scarf holders as you like.
Then thread the scarves through!
Step 4: Hanging
I simply took a wire hanger and bent the hanger bit so the carabiner hung straight vertically.
You could also place it on a hook in a closet (or wall)
or a ceiling (or wall) mounted chain that attaches to the top of your scarf bundle. You could add a fixture that allows your bundle to rotate all the way around for extra special fun--I forget the term for this.
Any way about it, please keep in mind the entire setup can be a little heavy, so make sure you sufficiently anchor whatever you mount it on.
Step 5: Final Thoughts
Please let me know what you thought of this, if it was of any use to you, and if you'd do anything differently.
The shower curtain hooks sometimes come apart, but it hasn't been problematic for me. One could glue the connections together to make the hold slightly firmer.
I will also clip the wire hanger at some point in the future to look nicer, but it's functional right now (and in my closet, if I moved it to hang somewhere I would make a nicer hanger).