Ruler Coat Rack DIY

For those new to my blog ,I thought you would enjoy this post I did a while back.
If you want to play will need a few rulers {depending on the size you want}.

Hooks. I decided I wanted three for mine. You can find these at your local hardware stores. I bought mine at The Royal Standard.

Wood glue.

One piece of wood. I am using a very old piece of cypress that I had on hand. The size of wood you choose will depend on how many rulers and hooks you will need.

Lay your rulers out on your wood and get an idea of the lengths you want.

I chose to make mine mix-matched for a more vintage look. You can even try some upside down. I even painted one piece yellow for an even more vintage appearance.

After you have cut your rulers to size and laid them out you will then glue them down . You may need to apply some pressure to help with drying. I used some old books.

Then add your hooks!

This has been such a fun project to make!

You cant mess it up a bit..vintage..remember!

It's ok if you have some gaps too..vintage!

I can think of so many projects to do with these sweet rulers.

You can make your board as big or as small as you like. I think it would even be cute to make a small one with only one hook.

I will be selling this one you see in my Etsy!

Now this picture shows what it can look like if you stain your rulers.

This was my first one that I made and after staining it became very dark.

Some of the rulers that I used were very old and dry. That meant it soaked the stain up like a sponge. Just test a small piece before spending hours on your project.

This one came out perfectly vintage! I didn't stain all of this one. I like the look of some aged and some new. Have fun!


  1. I love these! I've seen them elsewhere too and have been very tempted to make one. Just love the 'junk' aspect to it. I used all my ruler stash on my stairway so I'm starting up another pile. Thanks for the additional reminder to just do it! :)

    I also love the signs that you create. It's always a treat to visit and see what you're up to. :)


  2. AnonymousMay 23, 2010

    What a cute idea! I love the way yours turned out. Hope you're having a good weekend...

  3. Love it, so much character! Thanks for reposting it!

  4. adorable! and that wall of yours is always such a good sport at modeling your latest creations! lol

  5. Really lovely! Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. This is such a clever project and I love the vintage feel and look.


  7. I really love this! I think I need one for my house!

  8. Ugh... I just passed up a bundle of old yardsticks because I couldn't think of something to do with them.... now if it calls my name I'm buying them!

    I love this idea!!


  9. I Love This, never seen another one.

  10. OOOhh!!! I love these!! Great job! I like the darker stained one and the last one the very best, but they are all wonderful!

  11. Well, I *am* new to your wonderful blog, so Id like to thank you for reposting this terrific tutorial!

    I'm just wondering what's taken me so stinkin' long to discover your amazing blog? I love pretty much everything I've seen here this evening, I will surely be back!


  12. Susie, WOW! Another awesome project, I love it! Thank you for always sharing your DIYs so generously. You inspire me everytime I visit. Wishing you a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

  13. AnonymousMay 23, 2010

    Hi Susie! OH, I remember this little rack and it's precious! Now you didn't tell us where your most dainty little hands found all of these olden rulers! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  14. Loving that- had not seen it- but like the old rulers-very vintage looking.

  15. I loved this post the first time you posted it and that's why I mentioned the rulers to you the other day, because of this post! :)

  16. This project is so cute!

  17. I love this idea!! It's so vintage and chic at the same time! I think I might just borrow the project idea soon! :)

  18. Fabulous project. Thanks for sharing with us how you did it. It gives your space a little rustic charm.

    p.s. love the hooks!

  19. Love this project. I need to collect some vintage yardsticks and get cracking.


  20. Love it!! So cute! How did I miss this project before?

  21. Your blog is always such a wonderful source of inspiration. I just love that ruler rack!

  22. In love with this!!! Do you mind if I link to you?

  23. looking for yard sticks now.....thanks for inspiring.

  24. Too cute! You have the knack of cuteness, girl!

  25. I just found your site... you have amazing things going on here.
    Thanks for sharing all your talent.
    Happy Day

  26. darling the seafood sign too!

  27. Awe! I love it. It is so darling indeed. Thanks for sharing! And that seafood sign as well. Rustic! :)

  28. What a cute idea! I love the way yours turned out.
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  29. How bout them dawgs!!!

    Did you go to Tech? When?

    I graduated in 1998.

    I love your blog. So fun to keep up with all the beautiful ideas.

  30. That's a terrific craft work! Loved your creative idea of using rulers. I've done some cool craft project and posted on Visit my blog and feel free to promote your fabulous idea!

  31. Love it and want to make it! How did you mount it to the wall? Screw right through the front of your coat rack? Or brackets on the back of some sort? I don't want my coat rack to be wobbly, so I want to make sure I mount it right. Thanks!

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