Custom wedding hangers that'll jazz up your wedding pics #Fashion DIY#tutorial August 4 2011 | 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? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Alexis Alexis is an avid runner, rock climber, and scuba diver living and working in Venezuela (yay for deepwater free solo climbs into the blissful waters), planning a Texas wedding. She's been on the expat track for much of her professional life, so married life (back in the US) will be very different! http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/xxxlex PREVIOUS Laura Beth & Jesse's spontaneous fun-filled elopement and "drunch" wedding NEXT The hobo wedding: why romanticizing certain wedding themes is problematic Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] 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!! Reply Another 10/8 here! High fives all around. 🙂 Reply I'm also a 10-8-11 bride! Thanks for the hangar idea! Very cute! Reply Yes! Wedding quintuplets! 10-8-11! This is a great idea! Reply 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 🙂 Reply brilliant and adorable! Reply 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! 🙂 Reply 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!! Reply 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!! Reply 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! Reply Our "guest book" was a canvas. We put our names on the top with stickers. And did assorted words to represent marriage on the shape of a heart on the middle. People signed around and in it. Stickers worked wonders. Reply WHY did i not think of stickers?! I sat and hand painted all mine haha Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.