Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Coat Rack

Do you ever have a brilliant crafting idea only to find when it comes to the execution, it doesn't turn out as awesome as you thought it might have?

That's exactly what happened with my idea for a coat rack.

The original plan was to include my paper ephemera collection on the backing board and use a set of spoons I found while 'thrifting' as the hooks.

Turns out that the ephemera really looked quite awful. So awful in fact, that I couldn't even bring myself to take a picture for you! The spoons, however, were an awesome idea!

Anyway, as per usual, I focused on other projects constantly thinking about the coat rack and trying to find something that would be more suitable on the backing board. I couldn't seem to stop thinking about using stuff from my travels, so when Matty mentioned that I could use my coin collection, I thought it was a swell idea!

First I made the backing board for the coat rack from a piece of pine that I spray painted black:

I then washed and dried my coin collection before stacking the coins in order from smallest to largest, to make it easier to locate the right sized coin:

Meanwhile we flattened out the spoons by putting them on a piece of steel and banging them with a rubber mallet. We then drilled holes in them to attach them to the board at even intervals:

Once the spoons were attached, I had fun arranging my coins onto the backing board (this actually took a lot longer than I expected it would):

I then carefully glued them in place:

To fix it to the wall, Matty removed the spoons on each end and bolted the board directly into the wall studs. Once the spoon handles were bent, the coat rack was complete!

There are so many interesting coins on there, from countries all around the world!

Just perfect for a mummy-sized coat, a daddy-sized coat and a Little Snicker-sized coat:

Guess I better find another project for the ephemera!


  1. Wow, this is such a great project, I really love it! Thanks for such a clear tutorial, I wondered about the exact method of attaching the spoons. What a great use for your misc. coins!

  2. Love this! Simple, graphic, and a very high Cool Factor...

  3. Inspiring! I have coins from all over the world, even ones from the fifties when I was a kid. This is a great idea. I wonder what else you could make with boards and coins. Ann

  4. Thanks for all of the comments. It is indeed very cool and I am sure there are millions of projects that could be done that are just as simple and effective!

  5. This is beautiful. Perhaps it took a while, but the result is wonderful. Congratulations on a great project.

  6. What a great idea for a coin collection! I want to award you a prize or something for this lol


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