A DIY Wedding Hanger

Lately I have been drooling over all of the beautiful wedding hangers out there. I don’t know what has come over me, why do I care so much about a hanger? I have no idea, all I know is that I wanted one…bad. At $20-$40 each though, I didn’t want one that bad. I started to toy with the idea of crafting my own. It couldn’t be that hard, could it? Well, let me show you my first few attempts:

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Okay, I know that looks bad. Did I just scare you? I will tell you that it does take a few tries. I promise though, that once you get the hang of how the wire bends, it’s smooth sailing. I encourage everyone to not be scared of this project and give it a shot. You can make these beautiful hangers for less than $5. So here we go.

These are my supplies that I used. The hangers I got at Target, and the rest I bought at Michaels. That tool that you see there is actually a three in one. It includes needle nose pliers that also bends the wire as well as cuts the wire. The wire and jewels I bought in the jewelry department. Make sure you buy thick enough wire. If it is too thin it will be very easy to bend. Which might sound great, but it is not. It will be much too flimsy and won’t look good. The thicker wire will be slightly harder to bend but will look much nicer.

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The first thing you need to do is just start bending the wire. I don’t have any photos of that process. Come on, I’m not superwoman. It’s a little difficult to bend wire and take photos. Basically though you just have to wing it. Leave yourself some extra wire on each end and just start bending and twisting. I used a tube of chap stick to wrap the wire around for circular shapes. That helped quite a bit in keeping the circle smooth. The pliers helped in pinching the wire together and bending the shapes. You also want to make sure that each letter is relatively the same size. You really just need to go with it, and if you screw up then start again. You will get the hang of it.

Once your wire is bent, you need to drill a hole in the bottom of the hanger. Mr. Buck helped me with this and he did an awesome job. First he measured the bottom of the hanger and marked where he would make the drill hole. This way it would keep things even.

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We then compared bit sizes to the thickness of the wire. We wanted the bit size to be just slightly larger so that the wire would fit in nice and snug. We ended up going with the bit size 5/64.

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Drill away, baby!

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Next you need to line up your wire underneath the hanger to decide how much of the extra wire you need to trim off. You want it to be centered with the same amount of room on each end.

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Take out your trusty glue gun (mine still has moss stuck to it) and add a tiny bit of glue to the end of the wire. Don’t put too much or else it won’t fit well into the drill hole.Once the wire is in the hole, just let it sit for a minute to let it fully dry.

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I added a white bow to mine and a small Swarovski crystal. It isn’t perfect, but I don’t think it looks half bad! Especially for under $5.

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What do you think of my wedding hanger? Do you plan on making a special hanger for your gown?

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Mrs. Doe

Location:
Northern California
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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    PrincessPeeps 27 posts, Newbee @ 12:03 pm

    Good job! I used my Hotfix tool and encrusted my hanger in Hotfix crystals from Michael’s. It’s not encrusted really, but there are a LOT of crystals on it. For my bridesmaids, I made them each one with their initial in crystals on the front. I’m not sure what came over me either, but I knew I needed a special hanger for my pretty dress. I think it will look great in pictures too. I really like your last picture with the hanger against the wood.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 12:05 pm

    I think it looks great! Totally legit! Makes me wish I would’ve tried to DIY instead of paying for it. The white bow is the perfect touch!

    . . .Also, on a related note, if you need another one, I have a hanger that says May 14 2011 you can use if you need ;-) .

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    Lauren, Guest @ 12:16 pm

    I’m so impressed! I’m going to a craft night tonight and might just make this my project… we’ll see how it turns out!

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    thirdtimebride 483 posts, Helper bee @ 12:39 pm

    Armature wire (available in the fine arts sculpture section) is another option over jewelry wire, I’ve also found it tends to bend easier for larger, smoother shapes.

    Printing out a nice script font the size you want your name or date to be makes a good template for keeping your letters all the right size and uniform.

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 1:28 pm

    I love what you did! In my head I can do this, but your tutorial is super-inspiring and comforting. Now I can’t wait to see everything else your diy-ing!

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    Great Gatsby 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:31 pm

    It’s the weirdest obsession, isn’t it?! I’ve also found myself scouring websites for “good deals” on personalized wedding dress hangers.
    Yours look GREAT and you’ve inspired me to go the DIY route! I’d like to make some for bridesmaids, too – are you going to make some for your bridesmaids? How long did the entire process take?

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:44 pm

    Good for you, Miss Doe! I ended up buying mine from etsy. I figure that it will eventually end up holding tank tops in my closet or something like that. ;)

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    phoenixandstars 565 posts, Busy bee @ 1:54 pm

    You know, I didn’t even think to make it myself! I ended up buying a matching set for Mr. F and I. I plan to send or drop off Mr. F’s to the tux shop before he picks up his tux so they can use that and he will be surprised. Your’s looks great, good job and what a great idea to just make it yourself!!!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:37 pm

    Great tutorial! I begged my dad to make me a hanger….like a week before our wedding. We couldn’t find a decent tutorial, so this would have been helpful :)

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 4:09 pm

    Great job, Doe!!

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:40 pm

    Beautiful, Doe! I love that you did this yourself and saved a good chunk of money. Etsy can be a great source of inspiration. ;)

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:52 pm

    Way to DIY!! My SIL gifted me a hanger at my shower and I’m so in love with it!

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    mrsrangrang 723 posts, Busy bee @ 8:01 pm

    i just came across a tool called a wire jig, this is supposed to help in manipuating wire.. i am thinking i might make my own jig and see how it comes up from that.. hope this helps someone!!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:50 pm

    Very cute. I lack the power tool necessary for this DIY, so I might just buy them haha.

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    jaquita 74 posts, Worker bee @ 9:36 pm

    Wow that looks amazing! I really want to try doing this now!

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    coyote 1563 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:53 am

    Wow it looks great!! I was going to be lazy and just buy one, but maybe I will try to DIY it… Hmm….

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    Fixin2BMrs.Awesome 361 posts, Helper bee @ 1:40 pm

    Practicing your “bending skills” is HUGE! lol Our local Dollar Tree had multiple types of wire that were perfect to practice with. As thirdtimebride said using a printout is super helpful too! The crazy little wire creations are so much fun and make (by far) the greatest gifts. I made a rather large one for a friend’s newborn out of colored wire and a satin ribbon for hanging. Her 4 year old brother has decided he needs one too… lol

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    couawilou 7598 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 2:30 pm

    It looks great, I did all mine as well and I’m so glad I did them myself, ended up saving a lot of money that way.

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    7mom 565 posts, Busy bee @ 12:31 pm

    I’m going to try to make the name hangars as well. I appreciate the post, good job.

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    ooohdiamonds 16 posts, Newbee @ 10:44 pm

    such a great idea! you did a fantastic job!

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    Laura, Guest @ 5:21 pm

    You inspired me! I just finished my first one for one of my bridesmaids. It turned out pretty well and it’s not TOO difficult. These will look great in photos and will be a nice keepsake after the wedding! My fiance even asked me to make him one :) Thanks for the tutorial!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:41 pm

    @victoria: Wow, rude much?! Her hanger looks GREAT! This is an easy DIY project that any bride can tackle. She did amazing on it.

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    Amanda, Guest @ 4:19 pm

    I hope you don’t mind…I just pinned your DIY!!! :p GREAT STUFF!

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    TDotDeltaDiva 14 posts, Newbee @ 5:16 am

    I bought my materials and it was an “epic fail”. The wire (14 gauge) was too difficult to maneuver :(

    I almost bought one on Etsy just now but after seeing this…I think I’ll give it one more try.

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    Janine, Guest @ 4:04 pm

    does anyone have a craft on what to do with your Mrs. hanger AFTER the wedding? Putting it in a giant picture frame didn’t do it justice. I want to show it off!

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    DIYbride, Guest @ 12:36 pm

    make sure to use 22mm wire! It will look much better and take the other commenter’s advice and print out the name in the font you want to use for a guideline.

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    Joanna, Guest @ 10:51 am

    Where did you buy that three in one needle nose plier/wire cutter?

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