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To hold your cookbook open and slightly upward to read it easier, you'll need a wire coat hanger. Bend the two arms of the hanger toward each other until they form at least at a 90 degree angle from each other (I like mine wider than that, depends on the book). Now bend the top hook to about a 90 degree angle from the body of the hanger and flip the whole thing over, to rest on the tips of its two arms and it's hook, like a tripod.
You can slide your open book between the top and bottom sides of the legs (just behind the base of the original hanger that is now an angle). Just slide the book in there. You can bend your holder outward if it is a larger book or bend the hook if you want a different reading angle. Make it comfortable to your eyes!
Note: Because wire hangers are so hard to find nowadays, be sure to keep the holder after you make yours!
Source: My grandma taught me this when I was a little girl.
By Lisa from Prineville, OR
A great use for wire hangers is to bend each end up toward the top so that you can insert belt loops of jeans and hang them.
When my son was younger I loved the small kid-sized hangers to hang up his clothes. When he grew out of the small hangers and into the larger hangers, I didn't know what to do with them. I gave away a bunch of them before I realized they were perfect to hang my pants on, right next to my shirts in my closet!
Now they are used for many more items than just my pants, I use them for everybody's pants. No more wrinkles! They are also perfect for small items like ties and other items that don't hang on larger hangers well because they slip to one side or the other.
By Andrea from Bremerton, WA
Re-use old coathangers by twisting to desired shape to hold climbing plants, like roses, in place on lattice or wire structures. Once the cane is trained, you can remove and use elsewhere. Much less painful than tying back! Also handy to hook onto high canes to pull down and position.
By Susan M. from Tasmania Australia
I like to reuse dry cleaners hangers by saving them up all year (I throw them out in the garage in a trash bag). Then when we go on vacation for a week at a hotel I'll bring them with me and I'm able to hang up all our clothes to keep them wrinkle free and give us more room in the drawers.
I also invariably give some to our friends who come on vacation with us for their room, so it's good that I have saved so many. We take lots of weekend trips throughout the year, and it's nice to have a dozen extra hangers with us since most hotels only give you about 6, and I tend to hang up all our clothes instead of keep them in drawers.
By Jazzy from Ellicott City, MD
I had a couple of them in my house, and I was going to throw them out. Then I thought "wait, you recycle other things, think up something for these wire hangers!" So I walked through the house and it hit me, how about using them for hanging up your wreaths, or electric cords in storage? I also use them for hanging my plastic grocery bags, you know the big one. Just hang it up on a nail or hook, and bend the outer part in toward the middle, and there you have it. Simple!
A pal came through for some items I was giving away. One item he was overly joyed with was a stack of wire coat hangers. I inquired if his closets needed some. He said "no, they make really nice, inexpensive welding rods."
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I have lots (over 90) wire clothes hangars. What can I do with them? I don't want to make crafts with them, Goodwill won't take them and the school Sculpture class doesn't want them. I hate to throw them away. Any suggestions as to whom could use them? My son will be getting 5 more each week when his uniforms are cleaned.
Cheryl from Peculiar, MO
If I were you, I'd check out some of the local thrift shops. Many times people donate bags of clothing, but no hangers for the owner to hang the clothing. Fall is here and Christmas is coming. Hangers are ideal for making wreaths. There are many crafty ideas for these hangers.
Donate them to Nursing & Retirement homes. Most residents are in need of hangers. I have a relative that works in the laundry department and is always in need of hangers for the residents clothes...
Some dry cleaners will take them.
as a landscaper I am always looking for these (wire hangers) to cut my own landscape cloth staples or to use to pin down drip irrigation lines. Use them as supports for flimsy flower stalks both in the garden or in cut flower arrangements. email@example.com
I know this post re WIRE HANGERS was some time back but to anyone who sees this they make great Christmas door garlands. Bend the hanger into a circle and use this as a base wire. Keep the hook as is, but ensure it is also covered with(for example) 2-inch wide green crepe paper to wind tightly all round the wire (leftover decorations from last year?) and then decorate with recycled fake greenery, or cheaper still, use holly and cones from the garden.
2nd TIP: keep one or two in the closet for when that darn vacuum cleaner tube gets blocked and the instructions say "bend a length of fine wire...." (remember when that happens and you think, where do I get a length of fine wire!
The company my husband gets his uniforms from takes them back. Every week when he drops off his dirty uniforms, they have a box for the hangers too.
Take them back to the cleaners. Mine is happy to recycle them.
Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do with a ton of wire and plastic hangers (all in good shape). I was planning on donating them, but Goodwill doesn't take them
Those of us who wear sweaters, especially the thinner ones which show fold marks, like to hang these garments. Instead of buying expensive hangers for this purpose, I use wire hangers and dollar store yarns; one basic of any colour and the second a prettier colour and texture. Use single crochet to cover the hanger with the basic and hot glue the end to the wire hook. Cover the first layer with the prettier yarn, again with single crochet.
I find the two layers of yarn ensure no shoulder marks in my hung sweaters. These also make great gifts when dressed up a bit with a fabric ribbon bow (again from the dollar store): sets of three are quick and easy to make.