- 2mm craft wire
- A wooden coathanger
- Pliers – I use round nose and flat nose
- Wire cutter / snips
- A drill with 2mm drillbit
One craft in particular I was pretty good at was making personalised wire wedding dress hangers. There was nobody in the UK making these at the time so I set up a business selling wedding dress hangers on Etsy – Anniebobs Boutique. They’ve been really popular and I always get asked how they’re made, so here is a step-by-step guide with photos. Enjoy!
Shape the wire. I use flat nose pliers for strong angles, my fingers for soft curves and round nose pliers for circles.
Take your time here and keep checking that you’re making the letters small enough to fit nicely on the hanger. For my first few attempts I wrote out the name on a piece of paper so I could match my wire writing up to that.
Once it’s done straighten it out against an edge. I use inch square graph paper over my desk so I can keep the letters straight as I’m going along.
Choose where to attach your wire then make a little mark in the wood. I use the point on the round nose pliers for this.
Then drill into the hanger, I tend to come about a centimetre in from the edge (depending on the length of the word) and drill at an angle.
You’re aiming for a hole about half the width of the hanger so don’t push too hard or you might drill through to the other side.
Measure up the wire against the hanger, making sure your words are placed centrally. Now you can snip the wire and superglue it into place. I tend to hold mine upside-down for a few seconds just to make sure it’s dried then leave overnight so it’s completely secure.
Now you should have something like the hanger below. I sell a lot of bridal hangers like this, a lot of brides prefer the plain wood as it’s easy to match with the rest of the bridal party’s hangers.
If you’d prefer to embellish the hanger, I like to use ribbon rosettes and bows but I have sold a few with artificial flowers and buttons to fit in with the theme of the wedding.
Take a photo and post it in the comments! If you’d like to be inspired then take a look at this post by Diane at Eyeswakeup – a personalised wedding dress hanger beautifully displayed on the morning of her wedding. It all adds to the excitement of the day and you’ll be left with beautiful photos and a very personal keepsake.
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