I have always known that I wanted to do special named hangers for myself and my bridesmaids. Not always as in, since I was a little child, all I dreamed of was hangers. Not exactly, but ever since I saw them in wedding pictures, I knew that I wanted to have them at my wedding. I just think that they make for beautiful pictures.
Now, I wanted to make mine just a tad different from the norm. I wanted mine to be – you guessed it – nautical.
So, instead of wire names, I wanted them to be written in rope. And the process was actually pretty simple.
I got two packs of five hangers for $2.99 each from TJ Maxx. I got plain white wooden hangers.
I used 18 gauge wire (that I actually already owned but you can find it here) and bent it with my bare hands to form names. I actually did a whole set in plain wire before deciding to jazz it up.
So, I cut an arm’s length of wire for each hanger and a piece of clothesline rope the same length. This rope has a cotton core (it’s green) so I gently pulled it out with my fingers. This left me with the hollow “shell” of a rope.
Then I threaded the wire into the shell. Be careful not to poke it through the rope.
Then I bent it into name shapes. Some names (ahem, Anne) were easier than others (Kathryn – why must you have a K and a Y? So tricky. Much challenge.) I just didn’t sweat it since I had tons of wire and rope and redid a few of them.
I hand wrote the name in cursive on a piece of paper and sort of “traced” that with wire, but it was mostly freehand. I used pliers on the tight bends (i’s, t’s, y’s, etc) but mostly just used my fingers.
Finally, Sean used a small drill bit to drill holes in each hanger. I added hot glue and the wire ends and laid them flat to dry.
These were actually really pretty quick and easy, and cheap since I already had wire and rope and glue – and the rope is just enough to be coastal without over the top seashells or netting or anything. I love it!
I guess these are technically a gift – the girls get to keep them – but they were really a gift for myself, for my pictures. I am planning to have them hanging in the room the day of the wedding ready for their dresses!
Did you make or buy fancy hangers?