10 Minute DIY to Try: Hanging DIY Wall Organizer

By Brittni • Updated on 09/05/2023

DIY organizers don’t get any easier than this one. And it looks so cool too (imo).

Organic modern bedroom with unique wall organizer and neutral decor.

Organize hangable items in minutes with this hanging DIY wall organizer that looks cool and only takes a few minutes to put together. 

This project is so easy (and useful) that I made not one but two! One for the bedroom and one for the bathroom.

Click through for the details!

Wood and leather hanging wall organizer for hats and bags

Jeff and I have been using this DIY hanging wall organizer for hats and bags in the bedroom.

And then in the bathroom, we use it for towel storage and other bathroom items that get used a lot…my dry brush, the hair dryer (which is in that polka dot bag), etc.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own…

Materials Needed

  • 36 inch long dowel rod (can be any dimension you’d like)
  • 1 inch wide leather straps (I used this leather from Amazon)
  • S hooks
  • scissors
  • leather hole punch (optional)
  • 2 nails and a hammer

How to Make a DIY Hanging Wall Organizer

If needed, cut your dowel rod down to the size you need, with a saw. I just used the length as is without cutting for mine though. 

1. Cut leather straps.

If using a decorative knot like mine, cut the leather straps into two pieces that are each 8-10 inches in length.

OR for a cleaner look,  cut the leather straps into two pieces that are each 4-5 inches in length and fold over around the dowel as a simpler option.

2. Wrap the leather around the dowel.

If you’re knotting the leather, wrap both pieces of leather around the dowel rod and knot tightly.

Leaving a generous amount of leather at the top for nailing into the wall.

If you’re doing a simple flap for the leather, skip this step.

3. Punch holes into the leather.

Next, you can opt to punch a hole in each piece of leather where your nail will go.

OR skip this step and hammer straight through the leather into the wall.

4. Attach leather to wall.

Hammer the leather into the wall, while the leather straps are attached to the dowel rod. Add S hooks and it’s ready to use.

Closeup of dowel rod and leather wall organizer, showing different ways to attach to the wall

You can also add gold hoops (mine are from Amazon) and corded loops to the finished piece if you run out of S hooks.

Or even just if you want a little more variety in the lengths of where things hang, etc.

What else can I make with wooden dowels like these?

  • I used a very similar method to this one for creating DIY wood curtain rods. I love how they turned out and they’re very budget-friendly.
  • This DIY wall pegs project is super useful for tiny entryways.
  • My DIY blanket ladder is another good one for using dowel rods.
  • And lastly, I use them all the time for hanging DIY artwork and other wall hangings

Wood and leather wall organizer rail in white bathroom, with bathroom accessories and towel hanging from hooks

Organic modern bedroom with white walls and unique rail wall organizer, with hanging hats and bags

Modern bathroom with marble floors and counters, featuring a minimal wood rail wall organizer for towels and bathroom accessories

Hanging hats and brown backpack on wood rail with leather straps

Hanging DIY Wall Organizer (10 Minute DIY to Try)

DIY organizers don't get any easier than this one. And it looks so cool too (imo). Organize hangable items in minutes with this hanging DIY wall organizer that looks cool and only takes a few minutes to put together.  This project is so easy (and useful) that I made not one but two! One for the bedroom and one for the bathroom.
Total Time1 hour 21 minutes
Keyword: diy, home decor, wood
Servings: 1 curtain rod
Author: Brittni

Equipment

  • 36 inch long dowel rod (can be any dimension you'd like)
  • 1 inch wide leather straps (I used leather from Amazon - linked in blog post)
  • S hooks
  • Scissors
  • leather hole punch (optional)
  • 2 nails and a hammer

Instructions

  • If needed, cut your dowel rod down to the size you need, with a saw. I just used the length as is without cutting for mine though.

Cut leather straps.

  • If using a decorative knot like mine, cut the leather straps into two pieces that are each 8-10 inches in length.
  • OR for a cleaner look,  cut the leather straps into two pieces that are each 4-5 inches in length and fold over around the dowel as a simpler option.

Wrap the leather around the dowel.

  • If you're knotting the leather, wrap both pieces of leather around the dowel rod and knot tightly.
  • Leaving a generous amount of leather at the top for nailing into the wall.
  • If you're doing a simple flap for the leather, skip this step.

Punch holes into the leather.

  • Next, you can opt to punch a hole in each piece of leather where your nail will go.
  • OR skip this step and hammer straight through the leather into the wall.

Attach leather to wall.

  • Hammer the leather into the wall, while the leather straps are attached to the dowel rod. Add S hooks and it's ready to use.
  • You can also add gold hoops (mine are from Amazon) and corded loops to the finished piece if you run out of S hooks.
  • Or even just if you want a little more variety in the lengths of where things hang, etc.
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What other ways could you use this DIY wall organizer? Any more ideas for ways to use it?

13 comments | Click here to reply

Where are those s hooks from? I’d I’d you bend them at all? I can’t find ones that are bigger on one side for the dowel and smaller on the hook side.

Jen

I think I’ll make this out of big bamboo for my friends beach house.
quick and easy 🙂 thanks for the great creation!

TK

Entryways in homes are the first impression people get of your home so making them cool, presentable, but also creating enough storage space requires some interesting, witty projects such as this one. I love the look of this one and the fact that you can totally DIY it.

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I could totally see this being used with kitchenware tools

Alyssa

I love this! This would be good for keys(depending no the hook size) and scarves too!

Ari

Thanks Rami! Appreciate that. 🙂

Brittni

Love the DIY and the design is awesome.

Rami

Thanks Page! Yes, you should absolutely give this one a try! It’s been such a handy organizational tool for us and so fast to out together. Which is why we’ve already made two. 🙂

Brittni

This looks so cute! I totally need to try making one!

Paige
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Paige Cassandra Flamm

Thanks Michelle. The leather and wood combo is definitely one of my faves right now. 🙂

Brittni

It looks both stylish and is super practical, I love the idea and the combination of leather and wood!
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Michelle
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