I might have taken the most difficult route with this one… but, I’m still happy with the results of this project.
I always end up hanging “stuff” on my walls – and this organizer makes it look downright classy! You can check out the Pin here.
What you need:
- A section of wood (I used a scrap section of 2×8, about 8 inches long)
- Fabric (wide enough to wrap around the board)
- Mug hooks
- D-ring hangers
- Lightweight staple gun & staples
- Drill (with a bit about one size smaller than the mug hooks: I used a 1/8th)
Intimidated by hardware stores? I actually got everything (except the wood) at Walmart. However, the staff at Lowes and Menards have been AWESOME helpers when I’ve been totally confused. Don’t be afraid to ask a question!
Ignore the can of spray glue in the picture…. I’ll explain later.
What to do:
First, mark the places where you want your hooks. I also did pilot holes for my D-rings, since they were screw-installed also. Try to use a ruler or straight-edge to ensure everything lines up. I put my mug hooks at intervals along the bottom, narrow side, and my D-rings on the back.
If you have nail-in hardware, do NOT drill pilot holes. Skip ahead, fasten the material to the board, and THEN mark where you’d like everything to go.
Center your drill bit over the mark and drill the pilot holes. These holes will make installing your hooks and other hardware MUCH easier. Try to make the hole only as long as the hardware you’ll use. The slower you drill, the easier it is to control how deep the pilot hole will be.
A word of advice: keep a scrap piece of wood (or something else tough, like an old phone book, you won’t mind ruining) under the wood where you are drilling. This is especially true if you haven’t had much practice judging how far you’ve gone. It’s better to stop early, than too late. If you go all the way through your wood piece, it’s easy to ruin a table or your flooring.
Now, stretch your fabric over the board and staple one edge on the back side. Try to space the staples evenly.
Poke holes through the fabric, over the pilot holes, as you fasten the material to the board. Easiest way to do it? Use the screws or hardware you’re installing, or a hole punch could also do the job.
Insert and tighten the hardware in the pilot holes. Depending on your hardware, a screwdriver or vicegrip might be handy.
Finish stapling the fabric all the way around the board, especially on the ends. Then spread some clear glue around the edges of the fabric to prevent unraveling. Let it dry.
Tah-dah! You’re done!
First of all, spray glue was a baaaaaaaaaaaaad idea for this. Spray glue can be a wonderful thing, but not when you’re trying to work with a project like this.
The glue I used on the back never really dried. So it stayed sticky and tacky for more than three days. THREE DAYS. Oye. Not worth the “ease” of just spraying it onto the project. Especially when you can’t actually hang the project up to show what it looks like.
For the project itself, once it dried, it looked awesome hanging on the wall. Next time, I might try to find an interesting piece of wood, staining it, and using that for a wall hanger.