By Liz Fourez for I Heart Nap Time
Hi again, friends! Can you believe back to school is already right around the corner?? Where on Earth did this summer go? I’ve spent some time this week getting organized for our back to school routine, and one of the top things on my to-do list was finding a designated spot for the boys’ backpacks to go when they get home from school. Somehow they always seem to end up left on the floor, on the kitchen table, or lost somewhere in a messy bedroom, so I wanted a simple set of hangers that would hold their bags, coats, sports stuff, and anything else they need. This gorgeous, two-tone backpack hanger is what I came up with!
I find that when it comes to kids and organization, the simpler… the better. This little DIY hanger gives them the perfect place to drop off their bags and coats after school and is easy enough for little hands to handle. And the best part? It really is super simple to make!
- wood board (mine was a scrap piece of 1×8 board cut to 24″ long)
- stain (I used Minwax dark walnut)
- paint (I used Valspar Du Jour)
- painter’s tape
- 2 brushes
- coat hooks/hangers and screws
Stain your board and allow to dry for 1-2 hours. (Don’t worry about the back, it won’t be seen!) Add strips of painter’s tape across your board running in different directions to create geometric shapes in random sizes. No need to plan it out or be precise, just start adding tape randomly until you’re happy with the look! I love no-skill-required projects like this! ;)
Make sure the tape is sealed really well against the board and add your second coat of paint on top. I used two coats of white paint on mine. I painted the first coat on, waited about 10 minutes for it to dry slightly, then painted on the second coat.
As soon as you finish the last coat, carefully peel off the tape, exposing the lines of gorgeous wood grain running across the board. It’s better to peel the tape off while the paint is still wet so you have less chance of peeling the paint off along with it.
After the paint is finished drying, it’s time to add the hangers. You can use any sort of hook, hanger, or knob you like. Just space them out evenly on your board and screw them in place.
Our new backpack hanger has been hung in the boys’ playroom and already has backpacks set up anxiously awaiting the first day of school. I’m completely smitten with the contrast of bright white paint against the hard lines of dark wood grain peeking through, and the simple black hooks look clean and modern. It’s a great piece of functional art on the wall, and this momma is happy to have no more backpacks laying all over the floor!
So what do YOU think? What colors would you use and where would you hang this in your house?