DIY Hanger Art Display

It all started with this blank wall in our hallway….


I’ve stared at this wall for a long time.

It stared at me back.

Never speaking up. Never offering helpful suggestions for how it would like to be dressed.

Way to contribute, wall.  Seriously.

Anyways, a while back, Mac (my mother-in-law) gave me these prints….


They’re Scott Alberts prints, purchased in the Pike Place Market in Seattle.   I’ve wanted to do something with them for a while. I just didn’t know what. Then, while looking back at my Pinterest boards, I saw this pin.  And something clicked.

So, I thought I’d take the basic idea of using hangers and display my art that way. I had a bunch of wire hangers that my mom had given me (NOMOREWIREHANGERS!!!! Sorry. Any mention of wire hangers evokes a Mommy Dearest reference in my head.). And a bunch of wooden clothespins. I experimented with them a bit and decided I liked it…



I used thumbtacks to play around with placement…



And decided to move forward by painting and staining my little art hangers since they were kind of blending into the background. I spray painted the hangers a glossy black….


And stained the clothespins the same Early American by Varathane stain I used on my mid-century table. I simply used another wire hanger (NMWH!!!), clipped on a few clothespins at a time, then dipped them in the stain….


I allowed them to drip for a few moments, then thoroughly wiped off the excess stain with a lint-free cloth. I was careful to remove as much stain from the metal hinges as possible….


Then, I simply reassembled everything (I left the cardboard backing behind the prints to prevent the clothespins from puckering them), replaced my thumbtacks in the wall with small nails and rehung my prints.  And then I snapped pics…

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And Joey wondered why I was laying on the hallway floor with camera in tow…

It’s all in the name of love, my love…


Linked up at: Tatertots & Jello, I Heart Organizing

TDC Before and After

6 thoughts on “DIY Hanger Art Display

  1. hehe you crack me up. Such a great idea! I saw something similar the other week using the wooden hangers with clips (not sure if those have an official name) and loved it! Bare wall no more! Pinning 🙂

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