With four kids in the house, we end up with a lot of backpacks sitting on the floor after they all get home from school. My kids are messy just like all the other kids in the world, but what I have discovered is that when each kid has a specific spot for an item, they are extremely good at putting it away and this backpack rack accomplished the task beautifully.
The goal of the rack was not only to get the entry from our garage more organized, but to also look great and be a little inspiring. Along with the four hooks for the backpacks, I also incorporated a sign at the top. Except for the sign, the entire build was made out of walnut, which finished up perfectly with a few coats of wipe on poly.
The sign itself was created using a custom stencil made on my vinyl cutter. This was definitely the trickiest part of the project and took a few tries to get right. The entire sign is 4 feet long and since the max length my vinyl cutter can handle is 2 feet, I had to make two separate stencils and get them lined up perfectly before applying paint. It was definitely a complex process, but with a few tricks up my sleeve it was a lot easier than I expected it to be.
Overall this project turned out great and looks exactly like the picture I had in my head when I started building it. Check out the video below if you would like to follow along with the entire process.