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Cute Coat Rack with Mod Podge & Wrapping Paper

I used a pretty piece of wrapping paper leftover from my birthday to decorate this cute coat rack – with a little bit of Mod Podge and spray paint too!

I used a pretty piece of wrapping paper leftover from my birthday to decorate this DIY coat rack - with a little bit of Mod Podge and spray paint too!

For Christmas I got some pretty cute clothes from my boyfriend. He did a great job of picking things out for me. So he might have been a little sad when I focused more on the cute wrapping paper that the goodies came in as opposed to the gifts themselves (which I loved, sweet cheeks!).

But I just couldn’t help it. You can see the wrapping paper on my coat rack above, and I think you probably understand why I love it so much. I think you’ll also love that I made this for only $5. Read on to see how I did it.

Decorate a Coat Rack

Gather These Supplies

  • Coat rack – wood or metal will do
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Mod Podge Brayer
  • Spray paint – in the color of your choice
  • Spray or paint-on primer
  • Wrapping paper or some other paper to cover the “back of the rack”
  • Painter’s tape
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Spray bottle (I bet you are wondering about this)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
Motel coat rack

So here is the surface I started with. I don’t own a motel nor do I want my apartment to be considered one, so . . . this coat rack needed a revamp. I got it from Hobby Lobby for less than $5. If you have an HL nearby, it’s GREAT for these kind of deals!

Remove the hardware from your rack and use the painter’s tape to tape off the ends of the hooks. Spray paint the entire thing and let dry. Note that I painted the front that says “motel” white since my paper is thin.

Trimming wrapping paper with a ruler and a craft knife

Measure the front of your coat rack and cut the wrapping paper accordingly. Make sure that it fits and trim if necessary.

Misting wrapping paper with water

This is where the spray bottle comes in. This type of paper will wrinkle BADLY (since it is so thin) if you don’t wet it first. So use the spray bottle to mist the paper until it’s just wet. Don’t soak it or it will tear easily.

Adding a medium layer of Mod Podge to the back of the coat rack with a paintbrush

Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the front of your coat rack, and place the paper down carefully.

Roll the wrapping paper out on the coat rack

Run the brayer back and forth to smooth out the paper, being really careful. If you are too rough or go over the paper too many times, you can tear it if it’s thin like mine. Leave your DIY coat rack to dry for 15 – 20 minutes (or until completely dry since the paper was wet).

Add a final coat of Mod Podge to the top of the wrapping paper

Now you can give the coat rack a final coat of Mod Podge (or three) and let dry. Re-assemble being careful not to chip the paint on your rack.

Cute coat rack made with Mod Podge and wrapping paper

Hang your new cute coat rack and put a few lightweight coats on it to make sure that it’s stable. Then go to town hanging all sorts of junk off of the hooks like I did.

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Wednesday 17th of April 2013

Love this! I love the pattern and colors you chose.


Friday 12th of April 2013

What an awesome way to revamp a coat rack!! Love this!

Little Bit

Thursday 11th of April 2013

love it! i'm pinning. Little Bit from


Wednesday 10th of April 2013

Gorgeous, I think this is one of your best projects, just love it! thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!


Wednesday 10th of April 2013

This is so cute. I really love this wrapping paper and would love to know where you found it!


Wednesday 10th of April 2013

Hi Kady! My boyfriend got it at a random store here in Atlanta - so I don't know that it could be found again :/