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Vintage Decoupage Hanger with Foamiran Flowers by Tracey Collett

Upcycling a wooden coat hanger couldn’t be easier but with this version’s techniques it gives it a whole new look and uses some great crafting techniques that you’ll be able to use on many other projects in the future.

Time it takes to make: 2-4 hours due to drying time

Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

You will need:

  • Wooden Coat hanger
  • Mod Podge - Mod Podge Gloss 8oz
  • Paint brushes and plastic tub
  • Patterned Paper - FabScraps Bella Rosa Complete Craft Collection
  • Foamiran Flower kit - FabScraps Bella Rosa Complete Craft Collection
  • Flower shape dies or Punches
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink Pads (Any colours you choose) - Distress Mini Ink Pad
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator-Stamp Handle W/10 Felts
  • Spritzer Bottle & water
  • Tim Holtz Heat Tool
  • Large gems or pearls for centre of the flowers
  • Stix 2 Glue Gun, Glue Sticks and Finger Protectors Kit

Instructions:

  1. To create the decoupage on the hanger we are using sheets of paper from the Bella Rosa paper pad, a wooden coat hanger and Mod Podge Gloss. I chose a design from the pad and tore it into small pieces and long strips. The small pieces are for the main part of the hanger and the strips are for the bar.

    Mod Podge acts as a glue and a sealant varnish too so it’s a great all round adhesive. Pour some of the Mod Podge into a bowl or plastic container and then apply some Mod Podge to the hanger using a brush and then start picking up a small piece of torn paper and dab it in to the bowl of Mod Podge and then apply to the hanger, (if the paper is not wet enough then you can brush some Mod Podge over it on the hanger). Pick another small piece and repeat the process to cover the whole hanger, remember to slightly overlap pieces to cover any gaps on the wood. You may have to do this in stages and allow it to dry as it is quite fiddly and can get very messy but good fun though. When it’s dry it should look like this.

    Now simply wrap the strips of paper around the bar using the same process. Allow this to completely dry to ensure all the edges are sealed before we stick any embellishments to it. I would recommend 24 hours although it should be touch dry within a couple of hours if you can’t wait!

  2. Whilst the hanger is drying this is the perfect time to try this other technique, Foamiran flowers. Foamiran is a very thin sheet of foam which can be die cut or punched to create flower shapes. I have punched various sizes of flower shapes out and several of each as each flower ideally needs 2-3 layers. The foam in my kit is white so it is great for colouring your own flowers for your project, and can be easily coloured using many methods like inks, paints, alcohol markers etc. For my project today I have used Tim Holtz distress inks which I have applied using a wooden ink applicator and foam pads. Give each of the flowers a good even coverage on the front and back, you can layer colours if you wish also.

  3. Once you have coloured your flower petals and are happy with your colours we need to heat the petals. You can do this with either a heat gun or a low heat iron (with the steam off), gently heat the flowers, they will bend and curl up and become very thin like paper, you can mould them as you go with the wooden tool in the kit and a foam matt.

  4. Once you have heated the flower petals and you have moulded them so you are happy with the look, you need to glue them in place using the glue gun. Once dry place a hole through the centre of the flower and use the stamens from the set or use gems, pearls or beads to create pretty centres for the flowers.

  5. Now you need to die cut or punch some leaves, I have cut these from card stock but you could also cut them from the foam and heat them up. I have coloured the leaves with distressed ink and then spritzed the leaves with water to give them some texture.

  6. Now it’s time to assemble your flower embellishments and any other of pieces you would like to use on the hanger. I have picked a wooden sentiment ‘Such a delight’, pearls and gems all from the Fabscraps kit. Glue the leaves to the flowers and then position them on the hanger in an arrangement you are happy with and glue in place. Allow the embellishments to dry in place and then you are finished. This is a great way to hang off cuts of fabrics or fat quarters in your craft room for a pretty storage idea which is easy accessable.