Belt Organizer from a Vintage Wooden Hanger

Belt Organizer from a Vintage Wooden Hanger

Alright, I have to confess- this project is SOOOO simple that it probably doesn’t warrant a full blog post. But I put one together anyway- I hope you don’t mind! Who knows, maybe it’ll come in handy for you anyway. I decided that I wanted to make a belt organizer or belt hanger. And to do so, I would upcycle a vintage wooden hanger!


Some of you may already know this, but I used to make upcycled leather cuffs and sell them in my now-closed Etsy shop.

leather cuffs from old belts

That meant that I always had an inordinate number of belts in my craft room and it would get a little out of control! I decided I needed to do something about it- and here we are with this blog post.

Years ago, I bought a dedicated belt hanger for Mr. Seasongoods. And after studying it, I realized how simple it would be to make my own knock-off version.

belt hanger from the store

It’s not exactly a complicated design and I knew right away what I would use.

I’ve yet to repurpose a vintage wooden hanger, but it dawned on me that this would be the perfect way to upcycle one of those pants hangers.

You know the kind I’m talking about, right? The kind with short wooden slats that clamp close (and clothes). And just like that, I had a project plan to put into motion!

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Upcycling a Vintage Wooden Hanger

Luckily for me, Carla Sue Vintage (previously known as Kate DiNatale Vintage) let me reach into her closet and snag a couple of vintage hangers for this project.

vintage wooden hangers

And now, my friends- the super complicated (I kid, I kid) tutorial! 

First, I bought some robe hooks- some in black, and some in antiqued brass.

coat hooks to hold belts

On my particular hangers, four hooks per side was perfect for a belt organizer. But different vintage wooden hangers may hold more (or less) hooks.

making a belt organizer

Now I just needed to attach the hooks. Easy peasy, right?

Making a Belt Organizer

Using masking tape, I taped each hook to the pants hanger so I could mark the spots for the screws. Or so I thought

upcycling a vintage wooden hanger

Once we started screwing in the hardware, however, the tender old wood of my pants hangers started to crack! Even trying to drill pilot holes didn’t help; the wood still cracked.

making a belt organizer

So, I decided to simply glue the hooks to the pants hangers.

As an experiment, I used my favorite epoxy on one and a super strong glue on the other. The latter ended up being far easier to apply, FYI

Finally, I let them dry overnight, and boom! A pair of belt organizers or belt hangers for my craft room and closet.

belt hangers

Belt Organizer from a Vintage Wooden Hanger

And there you go- it works perfectly as a belt hanger or belt organizer! I’ll probably be hanging these belt hangers on a wall so that my belts are all visible.

belt organizer

But if you plan on hanging them in a closet, you could definitely add another row of hooks to the other side.

Wouldn’t these be perfect as gifts for men? Simple to make and old pants hangers are easy to find at thrift stores.

Valentine’s Day gifts for him, Best Man gifts, Father’s Day gifts. So many possibilities with this project idea for a belt organizer.

belt organizer from a vintage wooden hanger

See, I told you it was ridiculously simple. But I’m also ridiculously happy to have them made! Closet organization or closet solutions are always a good idea, especially when they’re this easy to make.

And don’t forget, my first book, “Crafting with Flannel”, has an entire chapter to organization and storage projects! Even more upcycling projects, all with flannel.

drawstring pouch from the sleeve of a flannel shirt

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a belt hanger, then you’ll love this ring holder that I made from a cigar box!

ring holder box

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. These would make great necklace hangers too!

  2. chris aka monkey says

    sarah you always think of the coolest things xx

  3. Just what I need. Great idea.

  4. Great attractive idea! sometimes the simple stuff is the best.Come share it Sunday at Family Joy Blog linkup. Thanks!

  5. Love this, thank you for sharing!

  6. Now this project will reduce my aggravation in storing my belts. And it is a very stylish solution as well.

  7. SO clever, like all of your ideas Sarah! I really need one of these as well, my belts are all over the place and I don’t like that. This is easy, pretty and so functional= perfect!!

  8. This is awesome! It may seem like a simple project, but it has potential to be an organizer for so many things.

  9. Such a great idea! I have lots of these hangers because I use them to hang kids’ art work, but now a couple will be made into scarf holders. Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasure of the NW’s DIY party!

  11. Thanks for sharing a daily need DIY! I’ll ask my husband for help with thislater. Stay healthy and beautiful, Sarah XOXO

  12. What a great idea! Great way to keep belts neat and organized. Be cute for organizing necklaces and bracelets as well.

  13. What a great idea! Easy and functional. Thanks!

  14. This is cool idea and I am going to make one.

  15. So clever! Thank you for sharing!

  16. nikkifrankhamilton says

    I really like your cuffs, they are really cool and fun! And you have discovered a great way to organize your belts, brilliant! I don’t have many belts, but I do have scarves, this would be a great way to hang them all so I can see them in the closet and be able to choose one by looking at them all. Great idea!

  17. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared.

  18. Oh Sarah… you continue to slay me with your genius junk takes. A pant hanger becomes a belt hanger… but of course it would! Too beautiful to be hidden in a closet I say!

    Featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 348. Thanks for linking up!

  19. What a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  20. This is such a great idea. I have one of these hangers and some hooks leftover from another project, I can hardly wait to make my own. Thanks for this awesome idea.

  21. “Easy but WONDERFULLY functional!” Thank you very much!

  22. Isabel Louet-Lerma says

    j’adore ce cintre en bois avec ses crochets, c’est une très bonne idée que je garde pour mon rangement de ceintures, Merci

  23. Great idea! Are belts what you make your bracelet cuffs out of? Anyway, those are adorable!

  24. I always want to make one, but also afraid that the organizer is not strong enough to lift up these heavy belts. But your post lightens me up!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  25. For your idea of belt hanger is really creative. It looks different. Not only used as belt hanger but also hat, accessories, etc. Thanks Sarah.

  26. Dee McClain says

    I made one, except I used Command hooks. So far they are holding.


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