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Letter Coatrack DIY

This coatrack is inspired by Heath Nash’s coatracks. They don’t make them anymore so I thought it would be fun to make a simple version ourselves so we could make it say what ever we wanted. We made one that said “hello hello” but you could customize it to spell a name or whatever you wanted. This would make a great gift and the supplies to make it are very inexpensive. It does take about a day of crafting but if you spread that out over a few days it would just take a few evenings. (See some other Gifts to Make right here.)

Materials Needed: Wire Cutters, Wire Pliars, Heavy Metal Wire (it should be difficult to bend) , Coated Telephone Wire, Tape, Fishing Wire.

Step 1: Decide what you are going to say and spell out the letters in one continuous piece of heavy wire. You’ll need to use the pliars to bend the wire into place. If you use dotted ‘i’s’ and punctuation its a little trickier.
Step 2: Wrap the letters tightly in colored telephone wire.
Step 3:  Decide how long your coat rack is going to be compared with your letters. And decide how many hooks it will have and how many loops for hanging. Then make the rack using one continuous piece of heavy wire (the wire gets doubled up as the coatrack structure  gets made.) Once the coatrack structure is in place wrap it in colored wire so that everything is held together.
Step 4: To attach the letters to the coatrack begin by wrapping the wire from the letters to the wire on one of the coat hooks. Next, take fishing wire and attach the letters as they fall across the coat hooks. Finally, attach the end of the word with the wire at the last coat hook. And you’re done!

Credits and our Talented Contributors:
All photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Styling by Caitlin Barker
Crafting by Irene Yu

  1. Rachel

    December 17, 2012

    This is very cool! I think I have found my next project.

  2. Kate

    December 17, 2012

    Amazing. The result looks totally worth the time it takes. This is going on the top of my New Year to-do list for sure. :)

  3. little kitchie

    December 17, 2012

    absolutely love this! going to try it when i have some time off this holiday season!

  4. Martha Ware

    December 17, 2012

    i have always been obsessed with your son’s coatrack from heath nash. i’m SO HAPPY you made this DIY and i can’t wait to try it! i have a question: what are the dimensions of yours? in some pictures it looks small, and in others it looks huge. thanks! i always love your work.

  5. Kait | Keeping Change

    December 17, 2012

    This is too clever! I love the words you chose too, I might need to try this…

  6. Laura Trevey

    December 17, 2012

    Now that is adorable!!!

  7. NicoleH

    December 17, 2012

    I have loved the Heath Nash coat racks for years! Thank you for this! Do you also mind telling me where you got the accordian wall lamp with the red cord? It would be perfect for my son’s room. thanks!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • December 17, 2012

      I bought the lamp in paris and added the red cord ourselves. We got the red cord from Paris too.

  8. Tania

    December 17, 2012

    Very cute – love this project.

  9. Michelle A

    December 17, 2012


  10. Edith

    December 18, 2012

    Génial cette idée, j’adore :)

  11. Miriam

    December 18, 2012

    What a nice idea :) Now I know what to do during christmas holidays!

  12. Hannah

    December 18, 2012

    Love the coat rack, but I must admit, I am OBSESSED with that pretzel pillow!!! I could just eat it up!! I can’t wait to make my own!

  13. Dominique of Gusto and Grace

    December 18, 2012

    I LOVE the little globe collection! I’ve been wanting to pick up a few for the emerald and white guestroom!

  14. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    December 18, 2012

    So sweet. And with such bold colours, it would cheer up even the dreariest of days! And how good would this look spelling out Welcome Home for the entrance?

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  15. Anna B

    December 18, 2012

    This is really cute and I also love the table with the little globe collection! Really nice blog : )

  16. Bellenza Bistro

    December 19, 2012

    Another cool project! Can see this same technique being used for wall decor for any holiday, occasion, or blank space for that matter. :-)

  17. Angela

    December 20, 2012

    WOW! Seems like a lot of work but the result is so worth it! Thank you so much for sharing this and happy holidays to everyone! :-)

  18. Rebecca

    December 23, 2012

    Heheh nash still makes them just email him and he will make one for you!

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