Happy Easter! We hope you enjoyed a weekend with family and friends. Today we’re bringing you a super simple DIY that is the perfect companion for your (or your bestie’s) wedding! I’m sure you’ve spotted customized hangers before… you know, those ones with the wire twisted to spell a name? If That’s not your style- or if you’d like a DIY alternative, we’ve got you covered!
These woodburned name hangers would make a perfect gift for a bride to be… or for all the bridesmaids. Better yet, they’ll look fabulous in photos of you all getting ready- and the boys will be able to tell who’s suit is who’s. They’re pretty simple to DIY, ready for the instructions?
You’ll need to get your hands on some wooden hangers. These are available at most house ware stores- from Ikea, to Walmart, to the Dollar Store. These wood hangers have a glossy coat to protect the wood from damage (like a woodburner!). The first thing you’ll need to do is sand that off. I tested a few hangers with different levels of sanding so I can vouch for how important this step is! Not only will the final product look SO much better, it will be 100x (no exaggeration) easier to draw a smooth line once sanded. I used 120 grit sand paper.
When your hanger is prepared, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of any sawdust. Heat up your woodburner to your full temperature. Woodburners are actually quite easy to use- and affordable. The one I used is from Walmart and was $13. Many different tips come with a standard woodburner- I tried out the calligraphy tip and the rounded tip for this one. The only one I would suggest you avoid completely is the chisel tip- it digs into the soft wood too easily. The calligraphy tip is great to do skinny lines, but the rounded tip is much easier for beginners to handle. I would start there. In the final photos, Bride is written with the calligraphy tip and Lauren is written with the rounded tip. To use a woodburner, you essentially turn it on and once it’s up to full heat use it as a pen. But it’s a hot pen- so watch where you’re touching! Another tip is to go slow! You will get a more even burn if you drag the pen along slowly as opposed to fast with lots of stops. Don’t press too hard or you’ll burn indents into your wood.
When you’re all done your burning, go ahead and add a couple clear coats to seal it. This will make sure your gorgeous dress doesn’t get any nasty pulls from the raw wood. I used a clear coat with a satin finish.
So, what do you think? Not as hard as it looks! Would you give a woodburner a shot? I’d love to hear in the comments!