Make This Functional Kitchen Apron Hanger
If you can never remember in which drawer you stored your aprons or
pot holders, or the nail you pounded in the wall to hold your apron keeps
pulling out, then build this functional as well as decorative kitchen apron
This woodcaft apron hanger is an easy and fun project to make, and takes
little time to complete. And when it's done, you can spend a few minutes
admiring your crafting skills, then put the apron hanger to work.
The Apron Hanger Parts List
Above you see the simple collection of parts needed to make this woodcraft
apron hanger. You will need:
A 1 inch thick, 1 foot square pine plank.
Two picture wall hangers.
Four 1 inch long wooden mug pegs.
Two 2 inch long wooden mug pegs, or
Two small coat hooks.
For tools and construction accessories, you'll need:
A hand drill or electric drill.
A sabre saw or scroll saw.
You can purchase the wood plank from your local do it yourself
store where they have shelving materials. If you wish, you can use a piece of
1/2 inch or thicker plywood instead of the pine plank. You need the 1/2 inch or
better thickness so you can attach the picture hangers, long mug pegs or coat
hooks, and short mug pegs. I choose the pine plank because it made finishing the edges easier.
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Make A Pattern On The Wood Plank
Sketch your desired pattern on the wood plank. As you can see in the
illustration above, I drew a silhouette of a woman's head and shoulders. This
silhouette has medium length hair, curling up just above the shoulders. It
might be hard to imagine by the drawing, but when painted the design will
Note that the lines of the drawing were enhanced for this illustration.
The actual lines drawn on the wood base were light enough to be covered
by the painting stage of construction.
If it works better for you, try first drawing your design on paper where
you can easily make adjustments and corrections. Then cut out the paper
silhouette, place on the board, and trace round it.
If you happen to have an opaque projector, you can project an image onto the
board and trace that.
Cut Out Your Pattern With Sabre Saw Or Scroll Saw
Once you are satisfied with your sketch and have transferred it to your
wooden base, you can cut it out with a sabre saw or scroll saw. Above you see
my cutout of the apron hanger silhouette.
Sketch In Your Pattern's Face And Features
After cutting out my pattern, I sketched in a simple face on my woodcraft
apron hanger cutout. You can see the lines of the eyes, nose, and mouth. The
hair line is simple curves across the top of the face. Now you can probably see
how the points at the base of the head are part of the hairstyle.
I also sketched in simple neck line, shoulder apron straps, and the top of an
apron. The next step is to grab the paint brushes and bring the silhouette to
life.Again, if you have an opaque projector, you could project your image onto
your cutout and trace the essential elements of your design.
Paint The Pattern On Your Apron Hanger Cutout
On the upper most image above, you can see the face and lips painted, and the
nose and eyes outlined. Now the apron hanger craft has taken clear shape.
You can see how the face and hair come together. You can also see the dress and
neck line, and the apron straps and apron. Simply decide on your colors for the
hair, dress, and apron, and finish painting your project.
As mentioned previously, the drawing lines on the illustrations have been
enhanced for clarity. The actual drawings on the wood base were done light
enough that they wouldn't show after painting.
The bottom most illustration is a picture of the completed woodcraft project.
Notice the long yellow mug pegs mounted on each shoulder, and the 4 short blue
cup pegs mounted across the top of the painted apron. These pegs were glued
solidly into pre-drilled holes that allowed a tight fit of the mug pegs. You
can hang aprons, pot holders, or whatever you wish on the multiple pegs.
The two picture hangers are mounted on the back side of the apron hanger,
one at each shoulder. With two picture hangers, the apron hanger will always
stay straight with whatever items are hanging on it.
Some Alternate Apron Hanger Designs
Above you see a couple of alternate woodcraft apron hanger designs. The top one
uses a pair of coat hooks on the shoulders instead of the long mug
pegs. You may find these type hangers to be more suitable for your needs.
Again, having at least a 1/2 inch thick base for your design will give enough
wood for the coat hook screws to seat firmly.
The bottom apron hanger displays a short hairstyle with gray hair. The
rightmost illustration is at the completion of the painting stage, but does not
yet have the pegs on the front or the picture hangers on the back.
Now Put Your Apron Hanger Craft To Work
The image at left demonstrates that this handy woodcraft apron hanger isn't
just for decoration. It's a useful kitchen utility. Here's mine neatly holding
a couple of my aprons. I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out of your apron
hanger craft project as well.