First, I want to thank you all for your support in the Our porch is back in the lead again, but it’s close and every vote definitely counts. Thank you all, especially those of you that are from now until June 12! I really appreciate it.
Today, I thought I’d explain how to make the hanging divider that we created for our front porch.
- 2’x4′ piece of hardboard
- two wooden dowel rods
- table saw (or circular saw, or jig saw)
- cabinet knob template
- paint brush
You can do something symmetrical or random, so it’s helpful to plan out a pattern (you can use graph paper) before beginning. We started by cutting our hardboard into long strips (3″ wide), and then cutting the strips into shorter pieces (ours were 6″ and 10″ long).
Once we had our pieces cut, we made marks for our hooks using a cabinet knob template. After drilling for the holes, we painted the front and back of each piece.
We assembled the strips with s-hooks and hung the whole thing from a dowel rod and some chain. We also added another dowel rod along the bottom for more stability. We’re actually planning to reinforce the connections with wire to help the divider weather strong winds. If the hooks were easier to bend, we would have bent the ends to hold it all together a bit better. If you’re using the divider indoors though, the extra step wouldn’t be necessary.
There you have it! And you can easily customize the project by making it more random, switching up the colors, using different shapes, and so on. You can even add in other materials — there are great metal parts in the plumbing section of any home improvement store. I hope that inspires some of you to try your hand at your own hanging divider!