Yo-Yo Picture Hanger - Make it for Mom!

August 10th, 2016 in projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Makes a great gift for Ma and Pa (hint hint.)
Makes a great gift for Ma and Pa (hint hint.)

Makes a great gift for Ma and Pa (hint hint.)

When I found these yo-yos, it took me right back to my childhood. After giving them a spin the traditional way, I realized I am no better at the subtle art of yo-yo-ing (is that a word?) today than I was in the days of yore. Good thing I know how to repurpose!

Junk Market Style Difficulty Meter

Five old yo-yos
Vintage squeegee
Five 1 1/2 in. wood screws
Wood cleaner
Wood glue
Two picture hangers

Tool List:
Screw gun
Tape measure
Rag to apply wood cleaner


Step 1: Clean squeegee with wood cleaner (we use Skidmore's.)

Wood cleanser will bring a warm glow to the squeegee.

Step 2: Cut string from yo-yos.

Step 3: Measure for yo-yo placement starting with the center yo-yo. Space evenly.

Step 4: Glue yo-yos into place and let dry.

Step 5: Flip squeegee over and attach yo-yos with wood screws.

Make sure the screws aren't so long that they poke out the front of the yo-yo. That's bad karma.

Step 6: Measure and place one picture hanger to each top end.

Unless you like the tilted look, keep the hangers on the same level (measure twice, cut once and all that jazz.)

The finished yo-yo hanger (sans pictures.)

Up close 'n fabulous.

Tip: Hang pictures of your choice. I used pre-cut picture greeting cards, envelopes with a cellophane front, black mat board, star grommets, and narrow leather cord. Oh, and of course, vintage letters from auto emblems to identify the peeps in the pics!

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Comments (6)

bruwi writes: Wow, that's really creative, I think I 'll give it a shot Posted: 1:44 pm on August 11th
shabbychick writes: Hey, why not "Junk Olympics" - need to figure out some events...synchronized power tools..."dumpster" diving...rhythmic furniture distressing...vintage bicycling...(wish I still had my old "stingray" bike - LOL) - so many more possibilities! I think hula hoops would be good in the opening ceremonies!! :)

Again, the coffee...


Posted: 11:20 am on August 27th
suewhitney writes: Kathy,

We'll have to have a contest!Junking and hula-hooping at the same time kind of like rhythmic gymnastics. I'll submit it to the olympic committee, we're tight. Ha! Posted: 5:16 pm on August 25th
shabbychick writes: Sue - what a fun project! I love it! Much better than trying to figure out how to master "yo-yo-ing" (yep, looks like a word to me!!) - I couldn't ever do it either - always afraid I was going to hit myself... Now, the hula hoop - I used to be the neighborhood champ! ha ha

Kathy Posted: 12:10 pm on August 25th
suewhitney writes: Thank you so much! I am having so much fun with projects right now. And to answer your question, there's always room for more love in our junking hearts!

Thanks again,
S. Posted: 4:42 pm on August 23rd
Chovey writes: Oh my...this is just almost as darned cute as that glove lamp!! I love, love this, too!!! Can one love too many junk projects though? lol
cynthia Posted: 3:27 pm on August 23rd
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