Y’all, I jumped on the personalized coat hanger wagon. What a copycat, I know…not only did I jump on the bandwagon for myself, but each of my bridesladies (and my flower girl!) now have one. A little crazy? Maybe, but I hate the thought of missing the shot of my dress hung up next to all of my bridesladies’ dresses, and type-A me thinks everyone has to have matching coat hangers!
The only problem I encountered was that when you head over to Esty, you’re looking at spending $25 for a coat hanger. A coat hanger…what? No thank you.
Beautiful Hanger by OriginalBridalHanger (Etsy)
Twenty-five dollars x five people = too much money for hangers.
Naturally, I was off to Michaels for some wire, to TJ Maxx for some good-looking wooden coat hangers, and to my FFIL’s tool shed to find some pliers and a drill. Luckily, I was successful on all counts.
I got to work shaping the wire after doing a little studying of hangers on Google, and honestly once you get the hang of how the wire bends it’s easy-squeezy. Cruise had no faith in me whatsoever, but I’m happy to report he was wrong. (He’s a hater. Love you, Cruise!)
Here are a few tips:
My first name came out too short…if you decide to DIY your personalized coat hangers, make sure you leave enough room at the beginning of the name so that when you attach it to the hanger it’s centered. Or maybe symmetry doesn’t bother you as much as it bothers me, in which case forget the last tip.
Also, write out everyone’s name and figure out which is going to be the easiest to create before starting. I started with a “K” name, which was not my brightest move. If you’re wondering, letters like “K” and “B” are a b-word to twist. A loopy name like Emma is easier than a name like Katrina.
I did all lowercase. It was just easier for me.
When doing an “a” or any other circle letter (“o,” “p,” “b,” etc.) I used Chapstick to wrap my wire around, pulled tight, and then admired my perfect circles!
Practice first. Don’t just jump right in. After a few letters manipulating the wire become pretty easy.
Don’t be perfect. Rather, don’t try to be…these are handmade, with love. They aren’t supposed to be perfect!
Finally, here are my DIY personalized coat hangers…sans the coat hangers, and edited to protect the innocent. (I’m waiting for my handy-dandy fiance to finish drilling holes in the rest, so MOH K is the only one with a real hanger at this point!)
Hive, these were so fun to make. And cheap!
Disclaimer: numbers are rounded (up) because I’m doing math in my head.
For less than $4 a hanger, I’m thinking about going to get more coat hangers and doing these for the moms and the men! Too much? OK.
Anyone else attempt an “unnecessary” DIY project that ended up being great?!