craft project : coat hanger heart

August 31, 2012  in diy craft projects, homemade

coat hanger heart by Sania Pell

coat hanger heart by Sania Pell

Homemade ornaments like this fabric-wrapped coat hanger heart are simple to make and add little touches of personality to a space. I made this whilst on holiday to hang from a nail on an otherwise plain wall in the children’s bedroom in our Croatian holiday home. This is a variation of the technique used in Goldfish Bowl Mobile project from my latest book The Homemade Home for Children and the fabric-wrapped coat hanger project from my first book The Homemade Home, both books have full instructions if you would like to try it at home.

To make: Firmly bend the wire of the coat hanger into a heart shape with your hands. Select thin strips of fabric or pieces of ribbon and secure one end with double-sided tape. Twist the ribbon around the wire, when you have run out start again with another piece using double-sided tape to secure again. Continue until the wire is completely covered.

coat hanger heart art by Sania Pell

I bought the straw hat in the photo from a market stall in the local village, I couldn’t resist changing the ribbon to a grey and white spotty one! The heart-shaped leaf was actually picked straight from a climbing vine growing up a tree by our terrace, such a perfect shape.

A simple, little decoration that helps bring personality and fun to my children’s bedroom.


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  1. Julie says:

    I’m making one now. Thanks so much for the pretty inspiration!

  2. Kate says:

    Hi Sania, I just had to drop you a line to say that I have just received the new Cox & Cox catalogue and it is absolutely stunning! I am one of their regular customers and always enjoy flicking through their catalogue but this time it was like looking through a gorgeous book with the added bonus that everything was available to buy! Simply stunning, you must be so proud. You have really inspired me to update some little corners of my home with bits and pieces from C&C but also with the handmade touches that you bring to everything that you do. Anyway must go, breakfast with my little one awaits. Congratulations on another wonderful project Sania!

  3. samantha says:

    Love the coat hanger heart, what a great idea. Do you mind me asking where your little table lamp is from, it looks similar to something I spotted recently at my local DIY store.

  4. Sania Pell says:

    @Kate Thank you so much, so glad you liked it!. It has been getting very good feedback. I will be posting about my styling work for Cox & Cox soon!

    @Samantha I bought it in a B&Q sale early last year. I mention about the table lamp in a post about our house last summer, have a look here:

    Thank you. x

  5. elisa says:

    oh, i like it so much. i’ll show my girls and see if they’d like to help. x

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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