Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mitten tree

Necessity is the mother of invention. 

With temperatures plunging below zero (and that's Fahrenheit) the hunt was on for gloves and mittens and shovels that weren't broken. Two of our coat closet's walls are not insulated so leaving things in there wet can be a little dicey. 

And then there is pupcake and all his winter gear. 

On the hunt for winter apparel in our black hole closet, I found a ton of mismatch mittens and several dozen wire dry cleaners hangers. And a lightbulb went on in my brain. 

With four of us plus pupcake, 5 wire coat hangers had middle bit clipped out with wire cutters. Using needle nose pliers the (now sharpt) ends were twisted over themselves so mittens aren't snagged or people stabbed. I nailed the hangers on upside down (staples would have been a better choice), and this worked with their natural sloped shape. For air circulation and spatial consideration the branches are bent slightly towards the center of the tree. By utilizing the curved hanger hook on the top branch, the tree has a integrated hanger, and leaving the hanger hook on the bottom branch makes a hook for the dog coat. Hung over a heat register, voil√†. Dry, warm mittens, pup booties and coat. I will probably go back and spray paint this later. But it'll have to wait until the summer, when I can do it outside. 

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