September 26, 2013
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Wire Hat Hook DIY

Got a hat laying around the house? Good. Does it have a home where it can hang itself (in the best possible sense)? It doesn’t?? Well, you’ve come to the right place…

There are some really cute wire signs popping up online (like this one) and I’ve been mulling over a way to incorporate one into our house. Since I was in need of a place to hang a few choice chapeaux, it occurred to me that these wire works of art could not only fun, but functional as well.

Supplies: You’ll need small nails, a hammer, a scrap piece of wood to nail into, floral wire, needle nose pliers, and black spray paint.

First I printed my phrase (in a simple block font) the exact size I wanted the final version to be. I nailed small nails into each point in the letters where the wire would need to turn or switch directions.

I also drew a small grid to follow for the bottom portion of my hat hanger, outlining where the hook of my hanger would be placed.

Starting at the bottom left of my diagram, I began to wind my wire through my nail outline, using the nails as turning points for the wire (floral wire is really easy to bend, so you should be able to do this part with just your hands). Make sure to leave 6-7 inches of wire at the beginning (or end) of your bottom opening to fashion your hat hook when your phrase is complete.You’ll notice that on certain letters you have to double-back down the same path to get to the bottom again (like on the “Y” and “T”), but don’t worry if you have double wire on some letters. 

Once your letters are roughly in place and you get back to the beginning of your diagram, remove the nails from the wooden board to free your wire phrase and use the needle nose pliers to make any adjustments necessary.

Make a long “U” shape with you 6-7 inches of extra wire and bend the U up at a right angle to serve as your hat hook. Use the pliers to make two small loops on each end of your wire (these will hook on to the opposite wire sides to complete the hook).

Give the wire phrase hanger a quick coat of spray paint, and you’re finished! Use a few small nails to attach your wire phrase to the wall and grab your hat to hang.This is one of the final projects that will go in our bedroom before I can officially call it “done” (that is, done for now of course). The great thing about this project is that you can customize the phrases to be whatever you want! I thought about doing “his” and “hers,” but it seemed funnier to make it look like whoever the hats belonged to was pretty selfish with their hat hanging real estate.

Don’t you think these wire phrase hooks would be cute for hanging lots of other things too?

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