DIY An Amazing Animal Coat Rack

DIY An Amazing Animal Coat Rack

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 9, 2010

A little while back we featured this fun idea for turning old toys into photo holders, so naturally when we came across this Pack Rack coat rack, we instantly thought about a diy version as well. Sure you could probably use a more traditional hook or pull, but why when you can use that pointy zebra you've stepped on 900 times at 3 a.m.?

You can find this rack for $50 at The Future Perfect and although that's a perfectly respectable price to pay for a handmade artisan good, that doesn't mean we don't promote creating things for yourself for an even smaller price tag.

Try taking old toys or ones the dogs might have chewed off the back legs of and put them to use in this wall mounted rack. You'll also need a small hack saw, a few wood screws, E6000 Epoxy, a length of board, and a drill. Other handy items might include masking tape, a vice grip and a cold beverage (because every good diy project needs one).

Cut your animal in half and using the drill hollow out a space large enough for the head of the screw to fit inside (we suggest using the vice to hold things still). Use the masking tape to mark on your drill bit the depth at which each one should be hollowed out to and then fill the hole with epoxy. Add the screw and allow to dry for at least 24 hours. Pre-drill the holes on your board where you'd like the hooks placed and screw each animal in as they're dry. That's all there is to it!

We think this would be a great way to put toys that your kids might be growing out of, vintage toys from your youth or thrift store finds to good use. It would make a fun Christmas present if you're the type to plan ahead (what, we can talk about Christmas once back to school season hits in stores right?), or just for the hallway in your own home!

If you're not into DIY, please make sure to pick one up from The Future Perfect.

(Images: The Future Perfect, JD Copeland, mj, Animal World)

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