January 4, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Wintery months in Nebraska can be a real drag. Literally. We drag the outdoors in, sludging with us mud, snow, and salt. And unfortunately, not all of us are blessed to have a mud room or even an entryway closet. This year,  after your kiddos get done shoveling the driveway, give them a place to hang their sweaty hats, wet coats, and snowy gloves. Use it as a towel rack in the bathroom, or in the bedroom to hang those clothes that are always on the floor. This coat rack can add some vertical interest to an otherwise empty corner and bring some functionality to your space. And best of all, because the poles collapse, it can be easily stowed away during the summer months when your house doesn’t resemble a public pool.

What You’ll Need:

  • Three 5-foot wooden dowels
  • Hot glue gun
  • Jute string
  • Three s-hooks


  1. Gather your dowels together in a bunch and space out the bottoms into an even triangle.
  2. Lean the dowels together and cross them about a quarter of the way down.
  3. Tie the jute string around one of the dowels and dab a bit of hot glue between the knot and the dowel to keep it in place.
  4. Weave the jute in and around all three dowels, securing them together. This may be done easier if you have a friend holding them in place while you wrap.
  5. Tie off the jute when you are finished, again securing it with a dab of hot glue.
  6. Give the jute a cleaner and more dramatic look by wrapping a single string up each dowel, securing it with some hot glue.
  7. Hang the s-hooks on the jute bindings.



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