Thursday, February 20, 2014

Super Simple Doll Hanger Tutorial

With my ever growing collection of doll dresses, I needed to find a way to keep them organize without spending loads of money.   After perusing pinterest for some ideas, then shopping at my local dollar tree I found this inexpensive way to hang up my doll clothes, with spending only $2 and using my hot glue gun.  If you want to make some of your own; here’s a super simple tutorial for you!  (Sorry about the bad quality of pictures, it was on a snow day and the lighting wasn't the greatest...)

Plastic Drinking Straws (you can use the bendy ones, you’ll be cutting them down anyway)
Chennile stems/pipe cleaners
Hot Glue and Hot Glue Sticks
NOTE:  I was able to make 45 hangers, and only spent $2!

1) Hold a straw to a dress you want to make for a hanger, and cut the straw to fit the dress for hanging.
2) Take a pipe cleaner and bend it about 1/3” inch on each end.
3) Put a little glue in the hole of the straw (be careful because the glue is hot, and be quick so the straw doesn’t melt) and insert each bent end of the pipe cleaner in each end of the straw.
4) This is what it will look like after you are done glueing.
5) Pinch the middle of the piple cleaner together, to make a loop in the center and to start to make the hanger shape.  I just eyeballed it, but I would say you want there to be 2 ½ to 3 inches on each side of the hanger.
6) Twist the loop part together several times.  I kept hold where the two sides intersected in the middle, to help keep the rest of the hanger straight while I did this step.
7) Bend the twisted part into a hook/hanger shape.  And VIOLA!  You have a hanger!

For smaller doll clothes, like barbie or blythe dolls, you can follow the same steps as before, or you can change it slightly like this:
1) Cut the straw to the size of the dress you want to hang up, just like before.  (I just used the smaller pieces I had cut off from the bigger hangers from earlier).
2) Push a piper cleaner through the straw, and center the straw on the pipe cleaner.
3) Bend each end of the pipe cleaner up, so they make an “X”.
4) Twist one end of the pipe cleaner around the other to start to make the hanger shape.
5) Curve the other end into the hanger hook, being careful not to poke yourself with the pokey ends of the pipe cleaner.  It would be a good idea to use a pair of pliers to bend in sharp edges so you don’t get pricked or your doll clothes don’t get snagged.