DIY: Conversation Hangers

I love opening my coat closet and being greeted by these cheery little hangers.  They are a simple project that can have a big impact and would be an especially thoughtful housewarming gift.

Wanna make your own?


Stuff you'll need:

Wooden hangers.

Alphabet stencil. (The letters need to be small enough to fit in the width of your hanger.)


Stencil paint.

Stencil brush.



1.  Create phrases for your hangers.  What could a hanger say to brighten your day as you hang up your coat?  Here's a few things I came up with:

Just a couple other ideas:

- Take Off Your Coat And Stay Awhile

- Hang Around, Will Ya?

- No Place Like Home

- Home Sweet Home

- His & Hers hangers - one for each of you!

- Personalize a hanger with someone's name.

- A beautiful keepsake hanger for a bridal gown personalized with monogrammed initials and the couple's wedding date.

2.  Now that you've got your phrases, trace them onto the hangers in pencil to be sure the layout is how you like it.

3.  Stencil time!  Line up the stencil along your penciled in outline and dab on the paint.  You only need a little bit of paint on the brush at a time and it is easiest to use a dabbing motion rather than brushstrokes to paint on the letters.  Be careful not to smudge the paint before it dries.

4.  Once the paint is dry, move the hangers outside and give them a good coat of the sealant.  The spray sealant has an awful smell so I left the hangers outside for a while to allow the fumes to dissipate before bringing them inside.

So there you have it, your own conversation hangers, and what girl wouldn't want to have a conversation with her closet?

Of course, if you'd like your neighbors to give you odd looks, you could hang them in a tree.  (Works every time.)

If you do this project, please share!  What clever things are your hangers saying?


  1. We absolutely love our hangers :)!

  2. Awwww, shucks, thanks! They were a lot of fun to make. :)

  3. We love our hangers, too! :)

    1. Awwws...good to hear :)

      These hangers make me smile even if I'm reaching for my coat because it's freezing outside.

  4. Oh my gosh these are so fun! What a great it girl!

    xo erica

    1. Glad you like these. Hope you give the project a try. I've been giving these hangers as gifts and they've been a big hit! Everyone seems to love them :)

  5. I love this idea! It's super adorable, and I love your shirt..I totally have the same one, it's too great!

    1. Hi Rachel! Same shirt, huh?!! You have such good taste ;)

      This project is a lot of fun if you get the chance to try it. I know from you blog how creative you are so I bet you could come up with some pretty cool sayings to put on the hangers.

      Thanks for dropping by :)

  6. Aww...I LOVE this project. It also makes a great gift, don't you think? XOXO

  7. can you also use normal paint like you would use on paper? and for instanse look up creative letters cut them out and paint over them or won't that work as well?

    1. Hi Yasmine! You could always try out a different kind of paint on a hanger to see if it will work. The stencil paint is nice because it has a thick consistency and doesn't smudge too easily. A permanent marker could work as well, but wouldn't be very forgiving if you made a mistake.

      Also, you could definitely create your own stencil based on fancy fonts if you wanted too. That is a great idea! And just throwing this out there... you could try using Mod Podge to paste letters onto a hanger.

      With any of these methods, you'll probably want to finish with a coat of sealant to protect the letters. Let me know how these turn out for you! I'd love to see them when they are finished. :)