Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher


Do you have an itch for a back scratcher?  Before you go searching for a family member to scratch or rub against a doorframe like a bear why not make one?  And the best part is that you can make it from something your probably already have hanging right in your closet.   Who doesn’t have some of those wire coat hangers from the cleaners?  You can recycle them into cute back scratchers with simply duct tape and ribbon.  Use two wire coat hangers to make a cute, very green and useful back scratcher. 

I hang mine from the claw end right in my laundry room, but you can easily add a loop to hang from the handle.

Materials:

Two wire coat hangers
Wire cutters
Needle nosed pliers
Duct tape (I used black but you can use any one of dozens of prints available in craft stores)
¼” satin ribbon in a color of your choice
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Instructions:

1.     Twist apart two wire coat hangers.  Cut off the hook end to the part where it doesn’t curl. 

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher



2.     Bend each of the wire hangers to a long rectangular shape.  Place both hangers together.  Attach the two ends together at the separate ends with some duct tape.   Attach the other two ends together over the first ones going through the loops. (See photo)

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher


Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher


3.     You now have the wires together with two finger like loops at each end.  Pull apart the loops on one end. (This will be your scratcher and the other side will be the handle end)

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher


4.     Wrap the handle side with duct tape three quarters of the way down.

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher


5.     Use a bit of hot glue to attach the end of some satin ribbon to the handle and begin wrapping tightly down the handle.

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher



6.     When you reach the area with no duct tape continue to wrap the ribbon tightly all around the fingers of the scratcher.  Down one loop and continue over to the next one.

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher


7.     When you have covered both sides of the fingers, wrap a few times around the base of the handle and attach with some hot glue.

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher



8.     Using the needle nosed pliers, bend the fingers down to make a sort of claw. 

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher

Recycled wire hanger back scratcher