Friday, April 22, 2011

{Make this!}
Simple .but adorable. doll-clothing hangers
A perfect Easter basket stuffer!

I have finally come to the conclusion {I got REAL with myself!} that I do indeed work best under pressure. Which is probably why quick, easy and cheap {but CUTE} projects just really, really appeal to me. {and why I procrastinate like no other....} Oh, you too? I don't think we are that un-common. And do you, perchance, have an American Girl doll lover in YOUR house? {or really, a doll lover of any kind?}

{I have TWO! - it gets.... a bit.... PRICEY!}

If the answer is yes, then this may be just the last minute craft you've been looking for... I made these today and I am planning on sticking them in my girls' Easter baskets. {we are not doing much - if any - candy this year - ahh! the HORROR!}But if I know my girls, they are going to squeal with delight when they see these!

doll hangers -  finished 

Doll-clothing Hangers!

Ready to make your own? Gather these supplies:
doll hangers - cup hooks

7/8" cup hooks {I purchased this pack of 100 from Walmart for less than $5} Depending on what your hangers are going to hang on {size of closet or armoire rod} you may need to get a bigger size hook.
doll hangers - craft sticks

Jumbo craft sticks {the ones that are about the size of tongue depressors. These are also from Walmart.}

doll hangers - paint

Paint {and paint brushes}, scissors and any type of fast drying, permanent glue {I used a hot glue gun because I DO LOVE TO USE HOT GLUE!}

doll hangers 04

Each hanger takes one cup hook and three craft sticks. First, mark the middle of ONE of the sticks with a thick marker swipe.
doll hangers 03

Now, using sharp scissors, make two cuts on eitther side of your line, in effect cutting out a small piece of the stick {making a notch}
doll hangers 02

Now, put glue all over both of those pieces---

doll hangers 01

... and glue to the top of one of the still intact sticks.

doll hangers - glue cup hook

Now, fill the area where you cut the craft stick away with glue and stick a cup hook in there.

doll hangers -  glue ready

Cover that layer with a whole lotta glue....

doll hangers -  glue top craft stick

And cover with the third stick. Wait for the glue to try and you are ready to paint, as you wish.

doll hangers - finished 02

I have one daughter who LOVES pink {Kenny} and one daughter who LOVES yellow {Piper}. These are all set and ready to gift. YAY for EASY PROJECTS!


  1. Aw man! I wish I had girls... No, I wish I had a girl who liked dollies.
    So stinking cute!

  2. Thank you so much, I have been looking for an easy doll hanger for ages. I can't wait to get the supplies for this & try it.

  3. Thanks for sharing! I must try this ... I'm so frustrated with the "store-bought" hangers as the clothes don't say on well!

  4. These are fabulous! I made a bunch and my DD and I will paint them this afternoon. They hold the clothes better than the craft store hangers I bought because they are just a bit longer! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I recently made these for my nieces. I added some 1 inch clothes pins so the girls could hang their shorts and pants. Works great and the girls LOVED them. Thanks for a fantastic (and easy) idea.

  6. I loved your idea! But my girls are 16" Alexander Fairchild - so I modified the hanger idea. I used firm wire for the hook, and tiny bulldog clips for pants. I also made them in 3 layers, and instead of paint, glued on some heavy paper. May cover with fabric. May not. How can I post a picture here? I took a photo of the combination jacket/pants hanger and would like to show it to you.

  7. Fantastic craft. I may cover with ribbon. No painting.

  8. Love it!! Can't wait to try it!

  9. As an FYI, make sure the hook fits on the bar before you make them. The 7/8" hooks I bought do not fit on the 7/16" bar I have. Luckily, I tested before I made. Back to the store for the 1.5" hooks.

    1. Same here only i didnt check to the store to get smaller bar :)

  10. I made some crochet small dresses for a baby shower. Could not find the right hanger. Made the hangers (super easy). They were a huge hit. Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Omg I'm doing this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I LOVE these! Will be making some this weekend. I have two girls with AM Dolls as well, and the thought of buying hangers makes me cringe. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love this, thanks for sharing.

  14. thank you so much I was dreading having to twist wire.

  15. I've been making these all week. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I even made a small modification to add a trouser hanger. I would,love to send you a photo but can't find a contact button on your page.

  16. Beautiful, could also seruna excellent idea to do in Baby Hangers. Of course a slightly larger hook needed

  17. Hi Jen,
    It's super adorable task you gifted to your huge fans and visitors i do believe. I am not a regular reader of you blog. But love to travel often to enjoy your lovely works. I ended the sweet craft just now. You really made to gorgeous looking doll hanger very simple but attention grabbing way. The pics look so attractive and eye-catching. Love your handy work really. Thanks for the whole process and ingredients.
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