Wire clothes hangers accumulate in almost every home. But what can you do with them beyond the laundry room and closet? More than you've ever imagined!
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One of the simplest ways to reuse wire clothes hangers is to donate them to organizations that can put them to good use - thrift stores, crisis shelters, group homes or nursing homes are often in need of hangers. Many dry cleaners will accept hangers for reuse and some might offer you a discount for returning them!
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Check with your local recycling plant to see if they accept wire hangers. Then gather wire hangers from your neighborhood or church and take them in bulk for recycling. You can donate the money to a worthy cause.
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Make Them Padded Hangers
If you are handy with a knitting needle or crochet hook, you can turn your wire hangers into lovely padded and decorative ones. These are great to give as housewarming gifts or for bridal showers. Every new mother-to-be will appreciate some small ones for baby's closet.
FreePatterns.com has a great selection of patterns that are free with site registration.
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Make a Garden Hose Guide
Use a wire cutter to snip a hanger wire into six- or eight-inch lengths. Bend each length into an arch, then use them as "staples" for keeping a soaker hose in place in flower beds.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Create a Strainer Frame
Pull the body of the wire hanger into a roughly round shape and cover it with the leg of a pair of pantyhose or single stocking. Use it to strain paint or anything messy. You can just toss away the nylon hose and keep the frame to use another day.
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Remove Static Cling
One way to reduce static cling when you are wearing a garment, is to run a wire clothes hanger between the garment and your skin. Even running the hanger over the outside of the garment will help. The static electricity is transferred to the metal. And, no, you won't shock yourself!
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Make a Giant Bubble Wand
Bend the body of the clothes hanger into a circle and you have the perfect giant bubble wand. Mix one part dish washing detergent and one part water to make the bubble solution or use a commercial solution.
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Create a Wreath
A wire hanger is the perfect base for a holiday or special occasion wreath. Fresh greenery or silk flowers can easily be attached to the frame using floral wire. Just bend the hanger into a circle and leave the hook for hanging.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Grow Fairy Wings or a HaloKeep a couple of hangers around to make accessories for costumes. Hangers make great fairy or butterfly wings when covered with fabric or paper. You can also bend them into halos, horns or anything that needs a frame. Decorate with glitter, paint or anything you can imagine.
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Control Vines and Tender Plants
Hangers can form a trellis or become a support for lightweight vines and plants. Bend or cut the hangers into the shape you need. If you want a taller trellis, hangers can be taped together and hung from a fence post or nail.
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Make Temporary Safety Glasses
If you're in the middle of a home repair and can't find your safety glasses, About.com's Home Repair Expert has a step-by-step guide for making a pair.
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Be Even More Crafty
There are dozens of wire hanger craft projects for mobiles, Christmas decorations, dream catchers and more. About.com's Family Crafts is great resource for projects that everyone can help create.