There is just something magical about opening up the door to the tack room, and seeing every item in its place. And even though I would like to say that is how it is every time I walk into mine, it isn’t. I always start out organized, but then things happen, I get busy, too many projects to do, and before I know it, my tack room looks more like a teenager’s bedroom.
I am not the most organized person. I have no problem admitting that. I really do try to keep things neat and tidy, but life has a tendency to happen, and the tack room (and feed room) becomes messy and cluttered. After about a week or so of not being able to find a pair of boots, or gloves, or a brush I take some extra time to put things back the way they should be put away every day.
One way I have figured out to at least make one thing organized is to make a wall hanger to put my horses’ leg boots on. It keeps the boots organized, and within my reach when I need them, and also makes it a lot easier to ‘hang them up’ when I am done using them. I was tired of searching for boots, and having them lying around. So I just went through my garage, and craft room and found things that I could make.
One day I decided I was going to make these, and personalize them for my horses’. This way I know where Ethan’s boots go, and I know where Frisby’s boots go, and I am one step closer to keeping my tack room organized!
If you would like to make your own horse boot hanger all you really need to do is look around and see what you have. I do a lot of crafts, and wood projects, so everything that I used to create these hangers were things that I had lying around. But if you don’t, I have added some links for where you can get these things. And just so you know, I do not have any affiliate links here (I’m not that cool….yet), these are just things that I have, and they work great, which is why I am linking to them.
What You Will Need:
- 1” x 6” x 12” piece of wood
- 1” wide self-stick hook and loop Velcro
- 1″ Upholstery tacks
- Letters for the name (I used my cricut machine to make the letters)
- Mod Podge
- Screws for hanging
What You Will Do:
Sand the wood and paint it in our choice of color and allow to dry. Once it is dry, take a fine grit sandpaper, I used 120 grit, and sand the painted wood to give it a distressed look. You can do this by sanding some of the corners, and the wood grain, so the natural wood color shows through.
Now separate the Velcro and attach the sticky side down to the length of the wood. Now the self-sticky Velcro is great, but it will not stay stuck to the wood when you are repeatedly pulling boots off. This is where the upholstery thumbtacks come in. I attached a tack on each end of the Velcro to the sides of the wood, and then I also put one tack right in the center of each strip of Velcro. This helps keep the Velcro secure to the board. I did use a hammer to get the tacks into the wood.
Once the Velcro is attached, then you can put the letters for the name on. You can put them on however you like, but I chose to keep them in the center.
I used a cricut machine to cut the letters out of bright card stock, and the letters are 1 ¾” tall. I positioned them first, and then covered the wood above the Velcro with Mod Podge. Then I set the letters, and recoated the top section again with another coat of Mod Podge to seal it.
Once the sealer has dried, all that’s left to do is hang up your boot hanger, and put it to use!