Miss Mink’s Partial DIY: Personalized Hangers

Having an image of a wedding gown on a special hanger seems to be a staple for wedding photography these days. Wedding blogs are full of beautiful pictures of wedding gowns hanging in quiet elegance, waiting for their owners to put them on. No matter how many of those images I see, I love them. A photographer I know likes the pictures so much that she brings a nice hanger to every wedding just in case the bride doesn’t have one for her dress shots.

I decided to step things up a notch and make hangers for my dress and my bridesmaids’ dresses. I dabbled in jewelry making a while back and thought I had the tools needed to bend some wire. After looking at different Etsy listings for inspiration, I realized that there is tremendous potential for these things turn out poorly. I decided that I might not be skilled enough to make this and have them be as beautiful as the ones I have seen in pictures.

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From United With Love blog / Photo by Elisa Bricker of Elisa B Photography

I decided to do a hybrid DIY project.

Lila Frances, the creator of the personalized wire hanger, has started selling wires separate from hangers. I figured I would order the wires from her shop and pop them into hangers myself. Complete hangers usually run $27, but the wires are only $17.

I happened to order during Lila Frances’ busy season, so I waited 13 weeks for my wires. I picked up one package of wooden hangers from Bed, Bath & Beyond ($6 with one of those ubiquitous 20% off coupons) and I was ready to complete the project.

Here’s what I did:

1. I had Mr. Mink use his muscles to clip the wires that were already attached to the hangers. One clip in the middle allowed me to twist each side out of the hole in the bottom of the hanger. I then taped the two sides together to use as a template for the personalized wire.

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Photo by Miss Mink

2. By laying the original hanger wire over the personalized one, I was able to mark where I would need to bend the straight sides to fit into the hanger.

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Photo by Miss Mink

3. Here’s where I was a little nervous. I used needle nosed pliers to bend each side of the personalized wire to the right shape.

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Photo by Miss Mink

4. Lastly, I had to clip the excess wire so the personalized wire would fit into the hanger exactly as the original had.

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Relief! I didn’t ruin the wire! / Photo by Miss Mink

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the hangers with my bridesmaids’ dresses. I was so excited with how they turned out!

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I liked the results, but I decided to paint the hangers after looking at that picture. I put a few coats of creamy, white paint from the “oops paint” rack at the hardware store onto each hanger, then added a clear poly coat.

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Painting the hangers / Photo by Miss Mink

I’ll let the final pictures wait until the hangers are actually in use on the big day.

I’m really glad I recognized my limitations and bought the wires. I have a feeling I would have been very frustrated if I tried to make these completely on my own.

Did you abandon any DIY projects? Did you do any hybrid-DIYs like this?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Mink

Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012

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    newfiebullet 1226 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:39 am

    I want pretty hangers too! One of those wedding details that, on my mind, are ridiculous but I still want. Those turned out great! I plan on painting hangers with names on them because I think wire bending is out of my reach.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:49 am

    What a great idea to buy the wires pre-done! I begged my dad to make one for me right before our wedding and he managed to make it look very nice, although it didn’t look as nice as the beautiful ones you had made.

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:54 am

    Love the white paint addition. I think they look great and can’t wait to see them!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:02 am

    @gmcurti: I know! Some may say the dress and hanger shots are trite, but I love them!!!

    @Mrs. Pony: My hat is off to anyone who can bend wire anywhere near as well as Lila Frances. She’s amazing!

    @Miss Eagle: Thanks!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:38 am

    I just love this, and you did great! I still think I will incorporate personalized hangers somehow…

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    penguin 3471 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:40 am

    SO gorgeous. The white paint takes them above and beyond!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:51 pm

    I wasn’t aware that you could just buy the wires! Good to know… :)

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 1:17 pm

    These look great Mink! I’m so impressed. pretty hangers are a must! – was it hard to shape the letters?

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:19 pm

    Cute!!!

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 1:19 pm

    oh wait! you bought the wires with the names on them? haha i completely missed that – hence the Hybrid DIY haha.

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:42 pm

    Nice job! I bought mine from an etsy store that offers a more modern script. I was fully aware that I would never be able to tackle this kind of DIY!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:29 pm

    @totheislnds: Yep! I got the names in wire from Lila France. :)

    @Miss Mole: I saw a few Etsy stores that did them really well…and a couple that definitely scared me away from trying to do them completely on my own!

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:22 pm

    Beautiful! Painting them white was such a good idea!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:28 pm

    Good call with the hybrid! They look great.. I just love the Lila Frances hangers :) )

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    CurlyRN 355 posts, Helper bee @ 7:21 pm

    I agree with miss hawk. I had no idea you could just get the wires….sorta the semi-homemade method of DIY! Brilliant

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:03 pm

    This way, it looks pretty, but I still had a hand in making them. yay!

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