Sep 3, 2013

Woodland Animal Hooks

We needed more hooks in Oliver’s room for things like towels, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. The fabulous deer hook next to the dresser is being used for Ollie’s cloth diaper bag. Of course I would love to buy more from the woodland animal series from Anthropologie (like the owl, bunny and fox), but the price is a bit outrageous for a single hook.

So instead I decided to buy an inexpensive pack of two hooks from Target (for $3) and make my own woodland animals. Inspired by Land of Nod’s deer silhouette hook, I wanted to make animal silhouettes, but instead of a dowel I wanted to use a hook.


I drew a bear and a squirrel, then transferred the drawings to non-acidic archival cardboard. I cut them out with scissors and marked where the hook screws were going to go.

Originally I was going to spray paint the whole thing a fun color, but I ended up loving the look of the natural raw cardboard mixed with the shiny white hook - especially when mounted on a white door. I found the whole look very charming. And the neutral brown cardboard fits so well with the softer color scheme in the room.

I hung the hooks on the inside of his closet door because it’s where we needed them the most. We tend to live with this door open most of the time anyways, so it was an ideal spot. Plus we can close the door and hide the hook clutter when company is coming over. To get the cardboard to lay flat, I used a few dabs of Elmer’s glue! I’m hoping long-term it won’t damage the paint on the door since it cleans up well with soap and water. And in the meantime it’s doing a great job of keeping the silhouettes in place.


  1. Where'd you get the archival cardboard? I've been looking all over for it!

    1. The archival cardboard was leftover from the days when Pearl Paint was still in business, but I like to use now for art supplies. They have a great selection of paper and boards online!