– easy and simple –
Have you recently moved or gotten a parcel in the mail? Did you order new clothes and have no free hanger available?
The solution is so simple and can help you reduce waste! Cardboard is a fantastic material, it’s recyclable, compostable, strong, and solid. It’s widely used as packaging material and in the furniture industry and has been praised as a renewable material.
So, what are some ways we can upcycle this material after it comes into our daily lives?
Time to get creative with your old packaging. You can reuse it in simple ways such as using it to send your own parcel or using it to store odds and ends around your home. Or you can get really creative and get crafty and make some DIY decorations or even experiment with making some shelves or even a chair! But for now, let’s stick with something a bit simpler, a clothes hanger.
We always seem to need more hangers than we have lying around, so why not try making one instead? Just follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Find a good piece of cardboard
There are many different types of cardboard, each differing depending on how they’re layered and glued together, which makes it such an awesome material to use! Try to find a piece that is all the same thickness and which has no creases in it that will create weak spots later on.
Step 2: Draw a pattern on the cardboard
Use another coat hanger to trace the shape, leaving a little extra room around the edges to make it more sturdy.
Step 3: Cut out the shape
Take care when using sharp scissors!
It’s good to use a carpet knife on a solid base, so that you protect your floor. You can also use scissors if you are finding it difficult to follow the shape. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect, after all it’s going to be clothes-laden and in your closest, away from the public eye!
Step 4: Decorate your hanger *optional*
To make your hanger extra unique, you can whip out those paints and paintbrushes that have been lying in your cupboard and get to decorating! Have a bunch of old magazines lying around? Flip through it and cut out any pictures or words that catch your eye and make a collage using glue!
Step 5: Your hanger is ready to be put to work!
Wow! Perfect, even if it looks like a piece of art, it will fulfil its job and be a useful ad to your wardrobe.
If you’re worried about the hanger not being strong enough, try gluing a couple layers together (we suggest 2-4) with some hot glue. Be proud of yourself for extending the life of the cardboard that before had just been lying around – you’ve avoided going out and buying cheap plastic hangers that will eventually become trash! Yay!