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Decoupaged Baby Hangers

Introduction

Artfully adorned with acrylic paint and pretty pictures, these diminutive, decoupaged hangers make ideal gifts for baby showers or first birthdays. Alice Linkiewicz's company Vintage Cottage Interiors, manufactures and sells these hangers. Although Alice embellishes her hangers with vintage decals from the 1940s, you can use store-bought decals, downloadable clip-art, or photocopied cutouts of virtually any image you choose.

Materials

  • Baby hanger
  • Scotch or masking tape
  • Sandpaper and primer (if using an unfinished hanger)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Varnish
  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage
  • Decals, clip-art, or photocopied cutouts of images
  • Water-based varnish sealant
  • Ribbon bow

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cover the hanger's wire hook with scotch or masking tape, which will protect the hook while painting. If using an unfinished hanger, lightly sand and prime it, to allow the paint to be applied evenly.

  2. Step 2

    Using a paintbrush and acrylic paint, paint the hanger as desired. Let the first coat dry completely, then repeat with a second coat. Once dry, treat the hanger with a light coat of varnish; the decoupage glue will go on easier.

  3. Step 3

    Coat back of the image with a bit of decoupage glue, then center the image on the hanger. Smooth out any bubbles with the palm of your hand, then apply another coat of decoupage glue on top (this will seal the image onto the hanger and preserve it). Embellish the image as desired, repeating the process. Let dry.

  4. Step 4

    When dry, lightly coat the entire hanger with water-based varnish sealant, which will protect the hanger from wear. Let dry. Add a decorative bow to hanger.