Time for a craft that will give your home a little love, specifically, if you live in a small space. I'm talking dorm rooms, tiny apartments and other living spaces where the square footage is lacking. Currently a renter, I'm always trying to find creative ways to maximize my small space. So one day Geneane and I were exploring craft ideas in our local hardware store when I got the "what if" face. You know, the one where your eyebrows raise up and you start a question with, "what if you made..." and fill in the blank with your DIY project. My idea was this: what if you created a towel or bathroom hanging rack with a few plastic tubes and rope? While I had the idea somewhat completed in my head, Geneane had a confused look, as if to say, "how is that going to work?"
I wanted to do a simple project that would function well in a small space, that didn't require much work. So for those of you in tiny apartment or a college dorm, here's one for you. Create a towel and accessory rack that you can hang on your bathroom wall with just a few items. Here's how:
For this DIY, you'll need
- Rope (enough for at least 13')
- (4) 2 ft plastic tubes (purchased from the plumbing section of my local hardware store)
- (1) Thin wooden dowel
As you purchase these items make sure you keep in mind that the rope needs to be thin enough to fit through one tube, twice. So choose the rope's thickness according to how wide your tubes are. My tubes were about an inch in diameter. Also, choose a sturdy rope. Basic craft twine, yarn or string will not hold up. The tubes should not have a lot of give. They should feel firm and sturdy.
First, if you'd like a different color than the original, spray paint your tubes. I decided to keep them black for this tutorial. Next, cut your rope. If your tubes are 2 feet, cut two pieces of rope at 13 feet long.
Next, tape the end of the dowel to the end of the rope. This will help the rope string easily through the tubes. Lay your tubes out in front of you like the photo above and begin stringing one rope through the tubes. You should end up with a loopy "S" curve when you're finished with the first rope. Remove the tape and dowel from the first rope and attach it to the end of the second rope. String the second rope through the tubes starting at the opposite end. For example, if you pushed the first rope through starting on the right side, string the second rope through starting on the left side.
Tie the ends of the rope together at the top and bottom, making sure that the ends are somewhat even in length. You may have to do a bit of adjusting so that it doesn't hang lopsided or uneven. Hang it on your wall with a hook or nail.
And that's it! it looks a lot better when you hang your personal items on it. As shown in the photo, this is sturdy enough to hang towels, washcloths, and other lightweight items. Yes, I do have a flat iron hanging on it, but it is definitely turned off and no longer hot. I found that the "s" hooks purchased from Ikea work perfectly on these rods. With those, you can hang a lot of small items. So try it out! It didn't take long at all to make and there's definitely no messy cleanup afterwards. Happy DIY!