Custom wedding hangers that'll jazz up your wedding pics

August 4 | Guest post by Alexis
Custom wood hangers from Etsy seller Paloma's Nest.
I was pretty sure that I wanted cute hangers so that something cutesy peeked out in all the getting-ready wedding photos. The ones I coveted the most were the ones with old-timey black stencils on regular hangers like the ones pictured above. But unfortunately, they're selling for $30+ on Etsy, which made me a bit sad. Also, I loved the wire-shaped ones that spell out your name across the bottom, but they're also selling for around $25. I could try to DIY them, but was almost entirely sure I would end up maiming myself with wire cutters.

So I took a trip to Michaels to get some supplies to make my own customized wedding hangers.

I started with two plain old wooden clothes hangers from Ikea, they came in an 8-pack for $4.49. Next, at Michaels, I picked up a sheet of alphabet and number stickers and a yard of white ribbon for the top.

I cut the ribbon and stuck the ends under a light for about half a second so the ends melt and won't fray in the future. Then I really just stuck the stickers on, tied the ribbon and voila!

I'm actually super-happy with the way they came out! They have just enough flair for the two of us, but are still fairly simple. Our wedding will have a very rustic feel to it, so I'm pretty excited to have cute, "country"-looking hangers.

PS: I have tons of extra letters left — any ideas for what to do with them all?

  1. I have nothing constructive to say. All I have to say is those are cute! And we're getting married on the same day. YAY US!!

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  2. Awesome! I wanted the same but the $25 price tags for a hanger was out of my budget. This is a great idea and I hope you don't mind me stealing it :)

  3. A note of caution – put on a couple sprays of clear lacquer to really seal it in (use Saran wrap and a piece of masking tape around the ribbon). This is a step I always take when DIYing a surface that might see wear and tear.

    (Another note: on hard-to-paint surfaces – like metal, shiny plastics, and other smooth, shiny surfaces – I find using a spray adhesive under the paint – and lacquer! – works wonders.)

    Happy crafting! :)

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  4. So cute. I love your creativity.

    I had some extra letters from a project and I used them to "title" a photo album cover.

    Or you could create a home decor project. Write a sweet saying in a frame or on a piece of drift wood and hang it on the wall.

    Label things….

    Give them to me! ;)

    Let us know what you do!!

  5. re: lacquer – that's a good idea. Just make sure the surface of the hanger can take it.

    Unfinished or raw wood surfaces will take the overspray the best. Some of the hangers you find are already prelacquered – this is especially true if they are colored.

    If this is the case with yours, and want to overcoat it, rub the surface with a super-fine (600+) grit sandpaper before spraying.

    For an unfinished hanger you'll find cedar is the most available – plus it looks great unfinished :)

    You'll also find that the "stickiness" of the letters depends on who makes them. If you get some that just don't seem to want to stick down, just press them down aftwerwards. The hanger surface should be flat so leaving something heavy on it (like a book) overnight will help compress them. I would recommend a final spray if that happens to you. Good luck!!

  6. Love this! We're having an indoor wedding in the fall, so guests will probably come in coats, but not need them. What an awesome way to have a place to hang their coats!

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