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simple + sweet diy painted wood hangers

My adorable cousin and her husband had the sweetest baby last weekend. This is their first and we could not be more excited for this new addition to our family.

I know all families are different, so when you hear ‘cousin’ it might not be that big of a deal. But my sisters and I grew up feeling like our cousins were our extra siblings. We are a tight family who loves being together – holidays, birthdays, our annual Jones family vacation (where, ironically, out of the 24 people there, only two still have the last name of Jones!). What I’m trying to say is that sure, she’s my cousin, but Jen feels more like a little sister to me. And her new sweet baby? He’s practically my nephew :)

The baby was born last Sunday – on what would have been our late grandfather’s birthday. How special is that?! Of course we were praying for a healthy baby boy, but we were extra excited because they had not shared his name with us yet. Believe me, we tried and tried to get it out of them. I knew I wanted to make these painted wooden hangers for the baby and tried to find out his initials long before he was born … but to no avail. They were tight-lipped.

So on Sunday, January 14th when that baby was born, we were thrilled to learn his name:

Blake James.

And I finally got to paint him a set of wooden hangers.

I did this project years and years ago before I was a blogger. I figured it would be fun to share the simple diy in case you are looking for a unique, personal and inexpensive gift to give a new baby in your life.

Here’s what you’ll need:

wood baby hangers | pencil | craft paint | paintbrush

I get our wood hangers from IKEA. These petite hangers are $2.99 for five. You could also order them online (like these from Amazon).

STEP ONE: draw your designs

For baby Blake, I knew I wanted to do one with his initial, one with his full name and a few with simple outdoorsy icons. I found a font with simple adventure icons and used it as inspiration for my paintings.

The hangers are flat and very easy to draw on (and erase, if you want to re-do like I did a million times).

STEP TWO: paint the designs

Using a fine round brush and craft paint, I followed my outlines and added a coat of paint. Let it dry for a few minutes as you move on to the next hanger, then come back and go over with a second (and third, if necessary) coat of paint.

I gave my drawings a little bit of shading and a few extra details, just for fun.

The hangers only took an hour or so and turned out so cute.

To seal the paint, feel free to lightly spray with a spray clear acrylic (like this).

I needed to see how cute the hanger would look holding baby clothes so I dug through a bin with some of the boys’ baby clothes, found a sweet white sweater outfit (with yellow stains that appear with age – ugh) and gave one a try.

It’s a simple + sweet diy that makes for a unique keepsake for a special baby.

Congratulations, Jen and Brett and welcome to the world, baby Blake. xoxo.

13 Responses to simple + sweet diy painted wood hangers

  1. Elizabeth Mayberry January 23, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    I love these!! I am so going to have to do something like this!

  2. Molly January 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

    Can’t wait to do this! What font style would you recommend for a girls gift?

    • emily January 22, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

      I think all lowercase is always cute and cursive or slightly more calligraphy-like would be pretty. I need to create a set for girls!

  3. Jen January 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m teary-eyed reading this! That is so sweet of you and I absolutely love them! Blake is so lucky to be born into this incredible family and have so many older “cousins” to watch out for him.

    Love you!

    • emily January 22, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

      Ah … now I just need to bring them by so I can say hi and hold that sweet baby …

  4. Margrethe January 22, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

    Wow! I will do this for the next baby that comes along! It’s a baby boom here, so yay for inexpensive, but very personal gifts!

  5. Melanie January 22, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

    Love this idea…. it would work well with adult size hangers for a bride. Thanks so much for posting this!

  6. Laura Silverman January 22, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    One of the things I so admire about you is that you not only have a million great ideas, you actually make them happen! I’ve been thinking about a similar project ever since my kids were little. Let’s just say they are no longer little. You are truly an inspiration! I’ll make some of these for the next generation…

  7. Kimberly January 22, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    Such a cute idea, and Blake shares my son’s birthday! Yay!

  8. Kellie Reynolds January 22, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Soooo cute! I love this idea!

  9. Stacy January 22, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    A simply perfect idea I’ll be stealing! ;) Thanks!

  10. Rachael January 22, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    oh my goodness! I LOVE this! I make lots of baby clothes for friends, and this would make such a sweet gift to go with them! Thanks for the great idea!

    • emily January 22, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      That would be a perfect gift combo!

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