My original inspiration came from the tons of wedding blogs and etsy stores that now sell these cool, but completely unnecessary wedding details. Like this:
So after seeing lots of tutorials online, being the thrifty person that I am, I decided to embark on the personalized wedding dress hanger journey.
The Personalized Wedding Dress Hanger Journey
1. I bought/rounded-up all of my supplies:
- Aluminum wire (12 gauge and 16
gauge) - You can get it in the jewelry
section of a craft store or at a
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Template for "guiding" - I downloaded
and used the font Little Days from
dafont and typed out my name in
- Hot glue
2. I measured 1/2 inch in from the edge of the hanger and marked where to drill with a sharpie.
3. I drilled. You don't need to go too far, just enough to fit the wire in with some hot glue.
4. I tested the hole with the aluminum wire. The first drill bit that I used was actually too small, so I went up a size.
I broke the drill bit. Not suggested.
5. With all of the holes drilled, I was ready to get started with the wire. I practiced...
I actually went through an entire package of aluminum wire.
To be honest, I wasn't planning on spending so much time practicing. I was trying to make the hanger fo' real each time, but kept messing up. I messed up a lot. I'm also a perfectionist so if I got a tiny part wrong or plier teeth marks in the wire, I would stop and start over.
6. I started to question whether or not I would be willing to complete this project.
7. Since I had used the entire roll of 12 gauge wire, I decided to give the 16 gauge a try. 16 gauge is smaller and weaker so it's easier to manipulate, but also more likely to get messed up later.
8. Success! I bent the wire so that it would line up with the holes and added in a drop of hot glue, followed by the wire. I had some leftover stickers from Jessica's bridal shower gift, so I added our wedding date to the top.
9. Lastly, I hot glued a flower to the hanger. I used a generous amount.
So there you have it. I didn't know if it was possible after so many mistakes, but I am happy with how it turned out. I plan on making these for my bridesmaids too, I just have to pick bridesmaids first. Hobby Lobby has the 16 gauge wire on sale for 50% off this week, so I grabbed another two packages for .98 each so that I can make 4 more when I get my butt into gear and make some decisions.
Most difficult part? - the letters A and C (sooooo painful!)
Easiest part? - everything except A and C
Hangers - $5.00 Walmart
Wire (12 gauge) - $3.50 JoAnn (after 40% off coupon)
Needle nose plies - $2.00 Walmart
Tiny Needle-nose pliers - $4.50 Hobby Lobby (after 40% off coupon)
Flower - .99 Hobby Lobby
Stickers - on hand, but $1.49 at Hobby Lobby.
Currently, the hanger cost me $16, but if I end up making 5 of these, the total for them would come to just about $4.00 each or $20 total with the cost of the extra wire. Not too bad considering you can pay over $20 just for one!
What do you think? Are you planning on ordering/DIYing a bridal hanger? What is your unnecessary wedding detail?
Here is an example of how I bent the wire to form the C and the A.