DIY Hangers in Progress!!

I’m finally getting down to business with my DIY projects! I started my hangers this weekend, and I’m so pleased. Here’s how the first round went.


Yes, that’s my shower curtain. Isn’t it lovely? So I just bought a pack of 5 hangers at Target for less than $5. I got some cheap acrylic paint at Michaels (the kind in the little squeeze bottles). Then I got to work. The blue hangers have two coats of paint on them, and that seems to be perfect. I found that the sponge brushes seem to work best for this.

The middle hanger (with the hearts) is my bride hanger. My plan so far is to paint the background in blue to match the bridesmaids’ hangers, and then I want to outline the hearts in silver. There will definitely be an update about that, because I have a funny feeling it might be a complete failure”¦

I also shaped my bridesmaids’ names using wire. I used 12 gauge aluminum wire from Michaels. (Helpful Hint: the smaller the gauge, the thicker the wire.) I have one HUGE tip here for those of you that haven’t worked with wire before. You must know that once you bend the wire, you cannot unbend it. It will forever have a kink in it. So plan your entire word ahead of time. It’s not at all hard to bend the wire, even though it looks like it might be. But, you may want to play around with a scrap piece first before you get down to business. Here’s how my “Katie” hanger turned out.


Beautiful, right? I’m pretty jazzed about it. AND, Mr. Whale is even jazzed! He said he wants one! Isn’t that the most hilarious and adorable thing you’ve ever heard??

As I make more progress, I’ll share more updates, but I was so excited about these that I couldn’t wait!

What do you think? Are you doing special hangers for your big day??

(All photos personal.)


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
All the Pretty Dresses
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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:50 am

    I love the writing, you did a good job!
    You are going to do one for him aren’t you? I totally would. LOL

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:56 am

    OMG I am in love with this! I love the idea of hangers, but I’m not willing to shell out money to get them made. You’ve just fully inspired me to go ahead and do it myself!

  3. mstreasure Bee
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:56 am

    Those are so cute! I’m impressed with the hearts.

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    dcgirl655 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:58 am

    I am so impressed that you were able to do that!!!!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:01 am

    You’re so good at these! I just stuck with paint — wire and I don’t get along. 🙂

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:07 am

    Lovely! I just love the custom hangers in the blue! I made a bunch myself in natural wood for my bridal party (MOB, MOG, 2 for myself, 5 BMs, 3 flowergirls, and DH) but now I’m almost wishing I’d painted them! I can’t wait to see the end results of yours. Here’re mine:

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    asia 2555 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:36 pm

    I think they are adorable! You might also want to do a test run with a white towel on your hanger, and one of the BM’s to make sure that the paint won’t rub off. If it doesn’t you’re good to go! If it does, you can try a few coats of a clear topcoat to seal the color in. 🙂

  8. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:33 pm

    I think you should make Mr. W one, he deserves it!

  9. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:02 pm

    These are so cute, and you did a great job with the wire! That stuff is difficult to work with!

  10. hyena Bee
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:03 pm

    These are so cute! I love the little hearts and the color you chose!

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