John and I have been married for almost three years, and there is something about weddings that I love, love, love! Some of the best gifts that I received when John and I got married were personalized (hello, monogram!). If you're going to go off registry, a monogram is the way to go!
One of my favorite personalized wedding gifts was from one of my bridesmaids, Elizabeth, who made me a hanger with my (at that time) soon-to-be name (Mrs. Pray).
Have you seen these hangers for your wedding dress before? They are super cool, and even better, she DIYed mine! Now, whenever one of my gal pals is getting married, I can't help but gift them one too!
They are easy, inexpensive, and personalized - can't get much better!
What you need:
- Wooden Hanger
- Drill (or a car to drive to Home Depot so they can drill a hole for you)
- 12 or 14 gauge wire (thicker the better)
- Wire cutters
1. The first step is to form the bride's new name in wire (i.e. Mrs. Chairez). Before you start bending the wire, figure out how you are going to form the letters. I always do a few sketches to start so I know what I am doing once I start making the letters.
When you are forming the letters, make sure that the name will still fit within the width of the hanger (if you have a long last name, you will need to make your letters more narrow).
Just a tip, but don't bother guestimating how much wire you will need and precut the length. Form all the letters you need with the extra wire in a roll.
2. Once your wire is formed with the bride's new name, drill a blind hole in the side of the hanger. This is a great step to make your hubby feel involved in your DIY. :)
If you don't have a drill, you can go to the Home Depot or Lowe's tool rental department, and they will likely be willing to drill the holes for you.
Side note... it is best to pick a hanger that has dress straps so the dress will hang better.
3. After the bride's name is formed in wire and the holes in the hanger are drilled, lay the wire between the hanger so you know where you need to cut the wire.
Keep in mind, measure twice and cut once...
4. Put a little bit of glue in the drilled hanger holes and insert the hanger.
Once the wire is secure and the glue is dry, you will be able to reposition the letters a bit and bend them back into shape if they got a little out of whack.
I made this hanger for my super sweet bloggy friend, Kari. Her wedding colors are navy and taupe, but, for the life of me (and everyone who works at JoAnn Fabrics), I could not figure out what taupe was, so I just tied a white ribbon around her hanger.
Side note, make sure the bride is taking the groom's last name... that could be awkward!