Post # 1
Thanks to all the bees that have posted DIY hanger tutorials. I was so excited to make mine, but was surprised how difficult it was to shape the wire. I didn’t like my attempt but luckily, my fiance is awesome and he shaped my name out perfectly. Before adding the wire, I painted the wooden hanger (only $5 for five at Nordstrom Rack) but as I wasn’t certain which paint to use, I made two. If you plan to do this yourself I definitely recommend a pearl metallic paint over a matte base as it works much better if you’re using pre-varnished wooden hangers. To finish it off I added a pretty white satin bow. I’m so excited to use this on our wedding day!
Post # 6
He did such a great job! Name is PERFECT!
Post # 7
can we get a tutorial? this is perfect.
Post # 9
Thank you. 🙂
I checked out several tutorials but I think this blog was the one I found most helpful: http://shellchris.weebly.com/custom-hangers.html.
Start with a basic wooden hanger (make sure it has slats if needed for your dress style) and paint whichever color you like, or leave the natural wood color if you like.
Go to your local craft store (Joanne’s/Michael’s/etc) and pick up some 12 gauge craft wire. Mine was $1.99 in the jewelry section although I’ve read you can also find it in the floral dept for less.
Shape the wire to spell your name (or Bride, I Do, or whatever else you’d like). It helps to use pliers and/or something to help you make smooth angles (my fiance used a wooden dowel from our wedding wands). Some tutorials have suggested printing out your text in cursive and using that as a template although we skipped that step.
While shaping the wire, make sure to leave some slack on both the left and the right so you can center your name on the hanger, and also be careful to space/size your letters as too big and it won’t fit. I suggest starting off with a practice piece because once the wire has been shaped it’s very difficult to get it back to a clean line.
Once you’ve crafted the text to your liking, set aside and using a small drill bit, drill a hole on both sides of your hanger. Dust away any sawdust or residue then using a wood, craft or hot glue, add a dab and insert each end of the wire into the newly drilled hole. Then voila, you’re done. Top it off with a bow or accent of your choice, or keep it simple, whatever fits your vision.