- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
While I enjoy attampting craftiness, I can’t claim that I’m particularly good at any of it. I fell in love with the weding hangers with each bridesmaids name in the wire, and wanted one for each of them, as well as one for me to hang my dress from. So, I visited the famous Etsy to find that they sell for about $15-$20 a PIECE! When you have 7 bridesmaids and have spend over half your budget on the venue….this added cost was not a possibilty. So I took on Michael’s and attempted them myself. Surprise to me, I love them, and they came out to about $2 a piece!! Believe it or not, my fiance asked me to make HIM one after seeing these!
Here’s how I took on the task…
Step One: Buying the materials.
I bought almost everything I needed at Michael’s. Teacher discount and weekly coupons are my best friends.
1. 12 Gauge Floral Wire (be careful to purchase from the floral department, not the jewelry section. Jewelry 12 guage sells for $3.79 for 3 yards, floral is $3.99 for 5 yards).
2. Hot glue gun and glue sticks (I have the cheapest one they sell, nothing fancy necessary here)
3. Wooden hangers W/Odowel (Target – 5 for $5.19)
4. Drill with smallest bit you have (thank you beloved fiance for letting me borrow yours!)
6. Shot glass (not for what you think… 🙂 )
Step Two: Make the names.
For this part I kept the wire on the coil and started with the first letter. Leave plenty of room before your first letter (a good 6 to 8 inches). Mold the letters to your desire. For circular letters I shaped the wire around the base of a shot glass to get a better curve. I used images online to help with letters, although I had to wing it on some (like the Z and Y). I threw away two attempts, one just plain looked awful, and the other I pre-cut (stupid!) and ran out of space. I got about 4 names out of each coil.
Here are my gals names so far (I’m still missing 2 and then my own).
Step Three: Attaching the names to the hanger.
Place a mark on the inside of the hangers about a thumb width from the edge.
Drill a hole (carefully!) at this mark. Be cautious to not drill all the way through the top, but drill in about 3/4 of an inch. I drilled straight in, although some tutorials show how to do an angled hole. This was easier for me 🙂
Cut the names to the correct length (with about an inch extra). Bend up the ends like the picture shows and make sure they fit securely into the drilled hole.
Fill the drilled hole with hot glue, and then stick your bent hanger into the hole. Some glue will push out, but I just wiped this away once it was cool enough to touch.
Do this to both sides of the name. Once the name is securely in and glued, you might need to do some moving of the wire to get it nice and straight.
Step Four: Admire your work!
Here are my 5 that are done so far! I will be visiting Michael’s again this weekend to make some more! I’m debating adding some ribbon or something to the top, but I’m just not entirely sure yet.
I hope you all have fun with your DIY projects and all your planning!