Hooks are a simple way to store many household items. They keep your things within easy reach and cut down on clutter at the same time. Simply putting hooks up on the walls isn’t the only thing you can do with these handy little tools, however. Hooks plus some of your old household items create wonderful DIY projects that add a pop of personality to your decor and give you extra storage space.
Display String Lights
Hooks are a simple way to hang lanterns or string lights in any part of the house. Install a few hooks across a doorway or over your headboard and drape a strand of small lanterns over the hooks. Get creative by using hooks and string lights to make a design on your wall. A string of white lights with black wire pops well against a light wall. Go for geometric designs, or try making a more complex design by spelling a word or designing a tree.
Enhance an Accent Wall
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If you’ve got an accent wall displaying a design, incorporate hooks into that design. A wall stencil of a tree combined with some cleverly placed hooks creates the illusion that personal items are hanging directly from the tree. If you don’t have an accent wall or a great wall stencil design, this is your excuse to create one.
Store Toothbrushes with Wall Hooks
Tiny plastic stick-on wall hooks are perfect for organizing and make great toothbrush holders. Place one on the wall with the hook facing sideways. Then slide the slimmest part of your toothbrush under the bristles into the hook. You can create a neat row of toothbrushes that keeps them easy to find and off the bathroom sink. If you’re into extra organization, label each hook for your family members.
Prop up an Old Ladder
This won’t work with metal ladders, but if you’ve got a wooden one lying around that you don’t use anymore, repurpose it as a hanging station. Paint the ladder one or two colors that match or accent your decor. Then attach a few hooks to the ladder’s top few steps. Prop the ladder up in the bedroom, and hang your favorite necklaces and belts from the hooks. The bottom steps make great places to hang scarves or to store your heels.
Repurposed Wooden Skis
An old set of wooden skis makes a very unique coat rack. Remove the bindings from the skis, then simply attach hooks at even intervals along the length of the ski. Hang the ski up vertically on the wall, and you have a sporty coat rack. Put up both skis together with the hooks of the bottom ski falling between those of the top for a double row and more hanging capacity.
The best thing about hooks is how creative you can get. They’re a wonderful way to turn something old into a new, handy storage component that doubles as a great new interior accent piece.