Next up, I’m decoupaging wooden hangers. Which is a LOT easier than doing a piece of furniture.
I bought some wooden hangers on the cheap at Ikea. They weren’t the most well-constructed; the seam in the center of the hanger was a little cattywampus, but I figured they’d do.
The paper element of this project is really simple. All you need to make a bear face is nine circles of various sizes. I used a hole punch in a few different sizes for the small pieces. (Martha Stewart’s screw hole punch is amazing, by the by. You can see it in the photo below. It comes with three different size punches that you can swap out, all stored in the handle. And since it’s a screw punch and not a squeeze punch, you can punch anywhere on the page, even right in the center.)
Once you’ve got the nine circles, you can assemble them like this:
Cute, huh? And then you decoupage them onto a hanger.
Now, I’m pretty sure I found an errata for this project in the Encyclopedia. The directions tell you to decoupage, “gluing down the head first, then layering the ears, mouth, eyes, and nose over the head.” Now, you’ll notice that the design (and I copied exactly what they had in the book) requires that the ears sit behind the head. So if you glue down the head first, then you can’t get the ears in behind. So really, it should be ears first, then head, then mouth, eyes, and nose.
I did three different ones, as suggested for the “three bears,” each one in a different color combo. And here’s how they turned out:
I love them. I think they are really sweet, and they are very easy to make. You’ll see I played around a bit with size and ear placement, which you can easily do before you decoupage so that they are all consistent.
About 1 hour
- wooden hangers, $1.99 for 5 (Ikea Hopa clothes hanger)
- Mod Podge satin, 4 oz, $6.80
- papers, $0.33 each (around 7 papers for three different bears)
Total cost = $11.10
WAS IT WORTH IT?
Yes! This would make a great baby gift, and you could do five just as easily as three since a five pack seems pretty standard. You could even use a motif that matches the baby’s nursery. It’s a great project.