Project #71: Custom Wall Hook
In our household, we require lots of wall hooks. we've got backpacks, lunch bags, winter coats, hats, scarves, purses, and sweaters --- all this would otherwise end up on the floor if we didn't have wall hooks galore! I thought about marrying the idea of both wall art and wall hooks and created these custom wall hooks for our home:
Materials you’ll need::
1) a roll of 22 gauge wire
2) roll of 16 to 18 gauge wire (thick wire)
3) elmers glue
4) scrap paper
5) wire cutters and benders
6) acrylic paint
Step 1: shape the 18 gauge (thick wire) into desired form, keeping in mind to have long lower appendages. these will then be bent to form a U shape hook.
Step 2: use thinner wire to run throughout the shape. this reinforces the basic form.
Step 3:twist wire around a washer and integrate this into the wire form. This will be where you can drive a nail through when attaching to your wall. placing this near the TOP of the shape works well.
Step 4: apply some masking tape on top of some of the wire. this gives the papier mache something to stick on to later.
Step 5:make papier mache paste from 1/2 part elmers glue and 1/2 part water. dip pieces of paper in the paste and cover front and back of wire form.
Step 6:apply 4-5 layers making sure to allow the paper to dry in between layers. the wall hook will become rock hard!
Step 7:using acrylic medium, paint to your hearts desire.
Step 8:remember the washer? well hammer a nail through the washer when attaching your wall hook on your wall.