You’ve probably fallen in love with those gorgeous photos of the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses hung up on beautiful personalised hangers. After all the effort you spend finding the perfect dresses, they’re a dreamy finishing touch to complete the look of your wedding morning.
There’s so many lovely wedding dress hangers you can buy, but they’re really easy to DIY too! We’ve found loads of different ideas to show you – it doesn’t matter how crafty you are, you’ll be able to make one of these.
Making DIY bridesmaid hangers is actually a really fun and creative hen party activity, and you might want to make your DIY wedding hanger as a special and sentimental craft after you’ve ordered your wedding dress.
Hanging your dresses up will prevent them from getting wrinkled and creased so it’s an essential thing to do on the wedding day (we’d recommend a good steam too). Don’t forget that the groomsmen have suits and they’d look great on personalised hangers as well!
Here’s a few of our favourite DIY wedding dress hangers and bridesmaid dress hangers:
The Best DIY Wedding Hangers
1. Pearl Wedding Hangers
Even the most DIY-averse can make this gorgeous design with just a glue gun and some flat back pearl beads. Buy a pack of mixed size pearl beads (Amazon or Etsy have loads – here’s a great pack for £4.50), stick down your larger ones first and then fill in the gaps with smaller beads. Top with a white ribbon.
It really is that simple, yet looks beautiful. We love the ivory beads with an ivory hanger, but you could use pastel pearls that match your bridesmaid dresses for their hangers.
2. Acrylic Wedding Hangers
Naturally, making sure that nothing snags your dress is seriously important. If you want to ensure you’ve got the smoothest hanger around for your dress straps, what about a modern and minimalist acrylic hanger?
Those who are handy with a small paintbrush can use acrylic paint to calligraphy on names, or you can use an easy acrylic paint marker pen. Gold and silver look super chic.
The beauty of acrylic hangers? They’re see-through! You can place a template of your design underneath and trace through on top of the hanger in pen. It couldn’t be more simple!
3. Macrame Wedding Hangers
Macrame is one of our favourite looks for weddings – it’s the perfect boho, artsy touch to your wedding décor. You can also use it on your hangers, by knotting cotton cord around the sturdy metal frame.
YouTube is your best friend here for macrame knot tutorials, with loads of different styles to try. Practising is incredibly soothing and relaxing, so putting in the time to perfect your hanger will also help reduce some of your wedding stress.
4. Engraved Wooden Hanger
The ones in the picture above have been professionally laser engraved so we’re warning you now that yours might not look quite so professional. But, if you love a more rustic style, you can buy a pyrography kit and give it a try.
This wood-burning tool has a pen-like end that heats up and you can use it to mark and engrave things like wood and leather. Here’s a £10 kit from Hobbycraft – you might find you like the look so much you use it for some DIY place cards, table numbers, centrepieces, welcome signs and more!
5. Wire Wedding Hangers
Again, this one will take a bit more skill, but you can find templates for writing names in wire online that you can copy quite easily. You can use a standard versatile wire (about 20-22 gauge) that you can bend with your hands placed on top of the word you want to write and then you’ll need a pair of jewellery pliers to pinch together the part where it overlaps.
This is a really easy to follow YouTube tutorial. Bride, groom, Mr or Mrs are easy words to get the hang of!
6. Padded Wedding Hangers
Padded hangers provide wonderful protection for delicate straps and material. They often come in ivory silk and aren’t the prettiest things to look at, however, you can make your own or cover one up quite easily. It’ll still have the same level of protection if you use a soft fabric like velvet or lace, and look much nicer in photos.
7. Painted Wedding Hangers
A super simple but really elegant way to transform your wedding day hanger is to paint it. We adore this combination of blush pink and grey. You’ll want to keep your wedding outfits hung up on them long past the big day.
8. Wedding Hanger Charms
This one is a bit of cheat because you can buy the charm and attach it to your hanger… but you could DIY the charm yourself. Whatever kind of crafting you love can be incorporated – whether that’s knitting, paper cutting, felt flowers, mini wreaths or something else entirely!
The Best DIY Bridesmaid Hangers
9. Bridesmaid Hanger Tags
Personalised tags for your bridesmaid dress hangers can be bought cheaply on Etsy, but it’s such a lovely touch to make them yourself. You’ll just need some blank tags and you can have a go at writing your bridesmaids’ names in calligraphy. Tie with a beautiful bow or ribbon around a rose gold hanger.
10. Sequin Bridesmaid Hangers
For a glitzy, glam wedding, a sequin trim hanger is a must! This is better to use on bridesmaid dresses as the sequins can catch on the fabric of a wedding dress. Bridesmaid dresses tend to be a bit sturdier. You need to glue gun sequin trim to the end of your hanger and then twist ribbon all around, adding regular dots of hot gun to the wood to keep it all in place. Tie a cute velvet ribbon around the neck.
11. Stamped Bridesmaid Hangers
The ultimate can’t-go-wrong DIY hanger trick is to use stamps. You can buy alphabet stamps to spell out your wedding party’s names or buy custom-made ones that say bridesmaid or your wedding date (which, FYI, can have lots of other uses on your décor). Make sure you’re using ink for wood so it won’t rub off on the dress. Top tip: you can always paint some clear nail polish over the top to make it 100% safe.
12. Glitter Bridesmaid Hangers
If you can’t say no to a bit of bling, these hangers are the ultimate addition to your wedding day wardrobe. PVA glue your hangers and douse them in glitter. Leave to dry, then coat them in a thin layer of clear varnish or another layer of PVA so you aren’t still finding glitter in your hair three weeks from now. Alternatively, if you’re a very patient person, you could stick tiny diamante gems all over the hanger to give a sparkly effect.
13. Bow Bridesmaid Hangers
Think your DIY skills can’t get get up to this level? For a really simple ways to snazz up a hanger up, write initials in pretty script and add a cute bow. There’s almost no room to go wrong.
It’s simple but effective: a pretty bow tied to the top of your hangers just adds a little something to the look. Add them in a matching colour to the dresses or your wedding theme and they’ll look beautiful in your photos, like these ochre bows for an autumn wedding.
Fancy more DIYs? Try our 21 homemade wedding favour ideas or learn how to make your own bouquet in just seven steps!