Do you have a closetful of empty plastic pants hangers? You know, those ones that came home with those new pairs of pants, but you don’t use because they don’t slide easily on your closet rod?
Well, we did, so my husband sawed them apart and now we have really great bag clips.
Here’s how to do it. It’s easy!
Here is what the hangers look like before we cut them apart.
Just use a hacksaw and cut them right where the clip part attaches to the long piece of the hanger.
If you have the stiffer plastic, you may be able to simply bend it back and forth over and over until it snaps, but these hangers were a more flexible plastic and had to be cut.
We used a hacksaw to do the cutting. Here are some action shots 😉
And here’s what they look like when cut off. Kind of rough along the edge.
Once you’ve cut the clip parts off of the straight part of the hanger, use a utility knife or metal file to smooth the rough edge of the cut side.
He just trimmed off a small bit at a time. Since we were both in scouting, I just want to point out that yes, he should be cutting AWAY from his hand, but he is quite the handyman and felt comfortable doing it this way.
Being the good Girl Scout I am, I cut away from my hand 😉
Anyway, once you have the cut edge smoothed out, it’s ready to be used as a clip, and I find these much stronger and able to hold a thicker bag shut better than the all-plastic ones we have.
So, there’s your recycling tip for the day 🙂
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