From Lowly Wire Hangers, to an Interchangeable Season Coat Hook Shelf!

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I had recently (finally?) updated all my wire hangers to some pretty ones. Took me long enough!

While piling them up, a brain storm hit. Those hangers resembled hooks...

Real hooks are expensive, but these would be free... Hmmm... maybe I'll make something for fall!

But preferring my efforts to last all seasons, a shelf idea that could morph through all the seasons became the answer.

So grabbing a stencil, and some cut wood blocks... ... this was the result.

What would you have your shelf read?

First off, I needed some hooks. Wire hangers were snipped after the join, to create coat hooks.

Cheap and easy!

Building the shelf

4 square blocks were cut from a square fence post.

Two fence planks were placed like a shelf, as shown.

Then the wire hangers were spaced in between the blocks.

But those blocks are a little plain... let's give them a reason for being there, other than as just shelf supports!

How to letter the blocks

Desiring a FALL project, this APPLE FARM stencil would work perfectly! But in more ways than one...

Find the APPLE FARM stencil HERE

FALL became my primary message.

BUT... I wanted the shelf to last all year around.

So I flipped the two L L blocks to their backside, and also stencilled R and M to spell FARM, so I could change it out once Fall was a done deal.

The wire hangers were installed by adding brackets on top of them.

It's rustic, but it works. :)

The finished interchangeable message shelf!

Happy FALL, from my wire hangers to yours!

Hang up your coat, and come on in for some apple cider!

But don't let the FALL message fool you. This very fun project comes with a few all season surprises too...

And here's a glimpse of what FARM looks like, decked out for Christmas! Bring on the egg nog...

But there's one more version to see...

Want to see the 'everyday' FARM version, and grab that reclaimed wood deer head tutorial too?

Click HERE to see it ALL!

And find many market styled sign stencils from Old Sign Stencils HERE

Suggested materials:

  • Apple Farm stencil   (
  • Fusion Mineral Paint - coal black   (website)
  • Stencil brush   (craft store)
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Donna at Funky Junk Interiors
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  • Giorgia Giorgia on Nov 21, 2016
    super cool

  • Deb Deb on Oct 20, 2020

    How much weight can the wire hanger ‘hooks’ carry? Sometimes, as it gets cold, my coats and jackets get very heavy; for example I have a heavy leather Harley jacket.