Make your own pretty wire garden art

Here’s a really neat spring project you can make using recycled wire hangers. I know, you should return them to the dry cleaner.. but why when you can make pretty flowers and dragonflies to decor your garden instead? Plus, you get the added benefit of making a pretty piece of art using a bit of recycled materials, Yay You! You can make any shape you’d like, just keep in mind that bending the hanger wire is an acquired skill that takes a little patience and practice.

Making wire garden art

Recycled wire garden art

pretty wire garden art pieces

Supplies you’ll need:

Make sure the supplies you use can withstand the elements as you’ll be placing these outside.

  • Wire clothing hangers
  • Metal jewelry wire in a variety of colors
  • Glass gems
  • Wire cutters for the jewelry wire
    – Tip: to cut the hanger wire, bend back and forth until it snaps. I did not cut any hangers in these examples.

Steps for making wire garden art

How to make wire garden art:

  1. Remove any paper and straighten out your clothing wire. Don’t worry about the very end where the wire twists from manufacturing, you can incorporate this into your art design.
  2. Carefully bend wire into desired shape. A trick to quick bending is use the flattest surface of your thumb to guide the bend you’re working on. Make sure to leave a port of the wire straight as the “stick” of the garden art piece.
  3. Using jewelry wire, wrap and secure joining sections of hanger.
  4. Use jewelry wire to wrap and secure gems in desired locations and embellish with wire accents.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol April 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

This is a FANTASTIC project. Everyone has a ton of hangers and they never know what to do with them. These will be so much fun to use in the garden. I can see them on an old wooden fence or hanging from trees for a child’s party. Really love this idea!



Suzann Sladcik Wilson April 14, 2011 at 6:40 am

These are awesome! You have some of the most creative ideas. Another way these could be used is for some really fun bubble wands! Thank you for sharing the project.

Wishing You Creativity,
Suzann Sladcik Wilson


Tiffany Windsor April 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this garden wire art! So clever!


Jenny Rohrs April 14, 2011 at 9:14 am

I spy with my little eye the SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES logo! Thanks for sharing such a great craft, too! ; )


Anna M. April 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Love it. Now I need to find me some wire hangers.


Barbara Sanders June 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I LOVE these cute garden critters! I’ve always wanted to do something with the wire hangers and now my imagination is on overload. I have hangers and a lot of time and I’m going to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing.


BrendaLea July 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I love these. Gotta try my hand at making some!


Christene October 20, 2011 at 1:11 am

Fabulous! We want more ideas please 😀


admin October 22, 2011 at 8:01 am

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JudyL January 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

These are so cute! They would be great Mother’s Day gifts, can’t wait to get started! Thanks!


Clara April 9, 2013 at 6:41 am

Loved the project with one exception. My fingers were not strong enough to use hangers so I used some wire, alittle thinner than hanger wire, my husband had in garage. Worked much better for me. Thanks for idea!!!


Jen Goode April 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

Fantastic idea Clara, thank you so much for sharing!


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