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Herb/Utensil Hangers

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Herb/Utensil Hangers

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To make this easy Herb/Utensil Hangers You’ll need the following ingredients:

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STEP 2: Spray paint all piping pieces
Next, I laid out all of the piping pieces (the elbows, flanges and piping), and spray painted them with the Hammered Black spray. You’ll want to do thin coats so the paint doesn’t run.

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STEP 3: Assemble “rods”
After the spray painting was complete and dry, I took the caps off the ends of the piping pieces…

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…then I screwed in the 90-degree street elbow pieces into the flanges…

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…and finally the piping into the elbows. Then, I did the same for the opposite side.
This is how your “rods” should look. In order to mount these to the wall, you may find it easier to assemble them once the flanges are already screwed to the wall. It’s a matter of personal preference so you decide. 🙂

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STEP 4: Prep cans
Next, I made sure my cans were cleaned out thoroughly and I stripped off all of the paper (if applicable…I did use one coffee can that didn’t have a paper label on it). *Note: for this project, you really will want a can opener that removes the lid at the seal, not the “old school” kind that creates sharp edges.

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STEP 5: Measure and cut contact paper
After my cans were prepped, I wrapped contact paper around each one, just under the lip, to see how wide my pieces would need to be. Then, I cut the paper according to the size(s) I needed. After that, I peeled off the back piece and carefully applied the contact paper to the cans. The particular contact paper I purchased was very forgiving so I was able to pull it off and reapply it if I messed up on my alignment.

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STEP 6: Prep cans for hanging
Once all of my cans had contact paper on them, I drilled two holes just under the lip of the cans, making sure that they were even with each other. I decided to drill my holes on the side where the seam of the contact paper was so that that side was not showing once the cans were hanging on the rods.

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Then, I carefully sanded the inside of the can where the holes were drilled. You may want to use something other than sandpaper, such as a filer, but the sand paper and a little pressure from the side of my scissors was enough to lay any sharp metal pieces down.

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Finally, I fed through two pieces of twine–one for each hole. I thought about using S-hooks, but I wasn’t sure how they would be sturdy-wise once they were hanging on the rods so I stuck with something simple like twine.

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STEP 7: Mount rods
The very last thing I did for this project was mount the rods on the wall. I first used my stud finder to find at least one stud for each end of the rod. You can also use anchors if you wish.

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Then, I made my marks and secured the rods with screws. I had roughly 11″ of space between my top and bottom rods but that is going to vary depending on what you plan to have in your bottom cans (i.e.: if you have short things, maybe you’ll want a smaller space between the two rods, etc.).

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I love how these herb/utensil hangers came out! I was afraid the contact paper might be cheap-looking but they really look cute on my light grey walls. I’m also very pleased with how painless the industrial-inspired rods were to create…now I want to make them as my towel racks!

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