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Handsome Padded Hangers | Great Teacher Gift Ideas

Handsome Padded Hangers

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Here's an attractive and practical gift you can wrap up in a jiffy: a collection of colorful padded hangers made simply from cloth ribbon and recycled plastic shopping bags.


  • Plastic hangers
  • 12 or so plastic shopping bags per hanger
  • Tape
  • 4 1/2 yards of ribbon (1 1/2 inches wide) per hanger


Handsome Hangers - Step 1

1. To pad each hanger, wrap plastic bags evenly around it, using short strips of tape to attach them at both ends. Cover the whole hanger except for the hook.

Handsome Hangers - Step 2

2. Next, wrap ribbon around the plastic bag padding, starting at the base of the hook and leaving a 1-foot tail extending above it (you'll need this to tie a bow later). Overlap the ribbon enough to hide the plastic.

3. When you get back to where you started, cut the ribbon so that you have another 1-foot tail, then tie the two ends into a tight bow.