Friday, January 25, 2013

DIY Wedding Dress Hanger

  • Wood Hangers: TJ Maxx
  • Galvanized Wire 100 ft 14 gauge: Walmart (Less than $5)
  • Ribbon: Ebay
  • Anchor: Hobby Lobby; They have all types of wooden figures that can be painted for $.49
  • Spray Paint: Walmart; It only takes one $.97 can of white..that is, if you want a white washed hanger
  • Acrylic Paint: Walmart ($.97)
  • Drill & Drill Bits: The drill bit should be just a little larger than the wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Pliers wrapped in duck tape: The duck tape protects the wire from getting scratched!
  • Hot glue gun

I followed these directions when I was making the hanger.

You can do a Google search for countless other instructions.

What you really need to know:
  1. Selecting a font and printing out a name template in that font is helpful, but don't expect to stay on track completely. My trouble was partly due to the strength of my wire. Go with a 16 gauge for more flexibility. 
  2. This is not a quick project. I did a letter or two a day to prevent any disasters that are a result of impatience. If you mess have to start over. Take your time and have fun!
  3. Spray paint like the professionals (a little at a time). Otherwise, there will be runs on the hanger that are difficult to cover. Hold the spray paint several inches away from the hanger and quickly spray in a left to right motion without stopping the motion of your arm.
  4. When you are drilling be careful not to press too hard and split the wood of the hanger. Yet, give the drill a little pressure so that the wire goes further into the hanger. DO NOT place your finger above the area where you are drilling in case you drill through the other side.
After it is all said and done, making your own hanger is much cheaper and personalized to the design of your wedding than buying one on Etsy or somewhere else!

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