Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY: Wedding Hanger

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
- Glue



How to:
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!


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36 comments :

  1. BTW- you should open your own Etsy Shop!

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  2. I don't know what happened to my first comment-- But you are so talented! This is an awesome gift idea for a wedding shower.

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  3. I seriously think you have the potential to open so many etsy shops with your DIY stuff!! This one is fantastic and one of my favorite gifts as well!!

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  4. Love this!! Seriously? When are you going to open an Etsy shop? You can do it!!!

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  5. Girl.... are you serious?! LOVE this!! I had a hanger with my new last name on it as a gift from my MOH. Love that you made your own!! And it looks awesome!! I agree with the others, Etsy is calling your name!

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  6. I'm pinning this !!! Such a perfect tutorial! I didn't know you could DIY! Love this!!! :)

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  7. Dang girl...you are a craft wizard! This is AWESOME! Xx.

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  8. Gosh girl you are A-MAZING!!! Thank you for sharing! That would be a great gift for a bride-to-be! Have a beautiful day dear!

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  9. OMG, love this! I honestly don't think mine would turn out like that though haha

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  10. These are the sweetest, and good job! Love it :)

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  11. That is such a cute idea!! I love it :)

    ashleynicoleholmes.blogspot.com

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  12. Wow! Awesome! I've ordered these from vendors on Etsy and given them as gifts, but I never thought about doing it myself. I'd love to see your sketches and how you form the letters. Super cute idea!

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  13. personalized gifts are so much more meaningful!! love this hanger

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  14. I agree. When are you going to open up an Etsy shop?

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  15. Love this! Such a cute idea! There is nothing like a sweet, personalized gift like this! :)

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  16. Gah! So pretty, but I think I would have such a hard time with my last name!! (McManaway). I think you need an Etsy shop too :)

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  17. so pretty! Iove it, maybe i should be crafty and try this for my cousin whos getting married in June!

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  18. I love this DIY! I always wondered how they made those!

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  19. I never knew how to do this and wondered and what I would have guessed it was... You are awesome!!!

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  20. Oh. My. Goodness!!! Your DIY post are always my favorite! I am bookmarking this now because you best believe I'll be making this for my wedding!

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  21. I love this but there is nooooo way I could pull it off. I can see the tantrum in my minds eye! hahaha

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  22. You are soooooo crafty - it looks great!!!

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  23. ha ' Side note, make sure the bride is taking the groom's last name... that could be awkward!' that made me laugh.

    I don't think I could make the wire look so pretty! But, I loooove it.

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  24. LOVE this!!! So adorable. Of course I think this would be a Pinterest fail for me if I were to do it. I could never make the wire look that good!

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  25. I love these! And DIY is even better! Although I have absolutely no faith that mine would look nearly as good as yours... :-)

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  26. Love this! I didn't have a personalized hanger but now I wish I had. I love the pictures with them and the dress! I may have to try this for my recently engaged friend!

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  27. Whoa! Your "DIY" version looks better than some of the wedding hangers for sale on Etsy! Impressive! I don't trust my wire-bending skills...but I may contact you the next time one of my friend's gets engaged! You better decide how much you're going to charge for your skills! :)

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  28. Ahhh I have been wanting to buy one of these for my wedding day, and now hopefully we can just make one!

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  29. Ok, you are scary because today I saw this on etsy and loved it! But I'm not crafty at all. Your version looks fabulous!

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  30. As the recipient of the beauty, I can tell you that this has become one of the big things I'm excited about incorporating on my day. Lisa, you never cease to amaze me in your creativity. I'm LOVING this! Thank you again!

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  31. Thank you! This is a great blog!! SO much cheaper to make them than to purchase!! I think these will make great bridesmaid gifts.

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  32. Super cute project!!! Pinned! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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