It’s currently day 3 of being snowed in and I finally got around to doing the laundry I had been avoiding for weeks. It was a total of about
6 loads, and I stuff my loads pretty full so… I’ve been wearing some creative outfits. Anyhoo! Everything about laundry is terrible, but maybe the most terrible is putting everything away afterwards. Especially if you’re like me and almost everything you own is scoop neck. ESPECIALLY if you’re REALLY like me and you obsessively cut the necks out of all of your shirts. It’s more comfortable! In my personal opinion, you should cut the necks out of all of your clothes.
“BUT KAILA, I have a hard enough time as it is getting my clothes to stay on my slippery plastic hangers…!!”
I hear you, readers. And that’s why I gave up about two minutes into putting away my laundry. I flailed around for longer than acceptable, lamenting on how I couldn’t afford to go buy new no slip hangers, not to mention the fact that my car is currently under two feet of snow. It suddenly occurred to me that there could be a way to modify my current hangers… and that that way must certainly already exist on Pinterest. AND I WAS RIGHT. But most of the pins were just photos without commentary. So here I am to fill that void.
DIY No Slip Hangers
– Plastic hangers
– Hot glue gun
– Old t-shirt (that still has a neck)
Now most of the pins I saw involved only a glue gun. But I also saw some interesting ones involving pipe cleaners and rubber bands. Rubber bands are gross so forget that. I have pipe cleaners… in my classroom so I modified that idea and used cloth instead.
DIY No Slip Hangers With Cloth:
Step 1) Cut the neck of the t-shirt out. If you’ve never done this before, try being just a little more punk rock. Or, cut just below the seam, where the ribbed neck meets the smooth part of the fabric.
Step 2) Cut the bottom of the neck piece, so that you have a folded piece of the ribbed fabric LIKE SO:
Step 3) Cut into strips. As you can see in the photo, I tried this in four different sizes. If you have a lot of fabric to work with, I suggest doing the longest strip (about 4 inches), that way, all your different necklines will touch the fabric on the hanger.
Step 4) Put a strip of hot gun on top of the hanger, about four inches in from the side. Press the fabric onto the glue. Repeat on the other side.
Step 5) Glue the over-hang of the fabric together (this step is just for cosmetic purposez)
DIY No Slip Hangers With Just Hot Glue
Step 1) Grip the plastic hanger by the hook.
Step 2) “Paint” the hot glue down the length of the top of the hanger. Pinterest had two different styles of hot glue: dots and zig-zag. I ended up preferring the zig-zag because the dots made a lot of stringy hot glue mess, and once you got the hang of the zigging, it was actually quite quick and easy.
Trying Them Out
Another thing missing from Pinterest was any mention of how well these DIY hangers worked. So I picked out six of my slipperiest t-shirts and tried them out.
They passed the first test: they didn’t fall off the hangers when I lifted them from from the bed.
Then, like any good scientist, I recreated the conditions of the normal wear and tear of my hangers by putting them up and rigorously pushing everything around. They worked! I was so impressed that I made about one billion more. Hope Michael doesn’t mind that eventually all of our hangers are going to end up covered in hot glue goop.
Next time: Kaila wastes more and more time on weird DIY crafts in order to save a measly few bucks because her life has no meaning