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DIY: AJ's Rosette and Wire Wooden Hangers - INSTRUCTIONS


Such a luxurious hanger for only about $2 a pop!



  • Fabric in any material that folds easily (NOT chiffon or silk). I used a simple polyester fabric found at Hobby Lobby for 1.99/yd. You need about 1/2-1yd for each hanger.

  • Wooden hangers. I found mine at Homegoods 5 for $4.

  • A roll of 14 gauge wire. I found mine at Home Depot. It was 100 ft for like $6. I had this already, so it wasn't factored into the cost.

  • Wire cutters (also already had this)

  • Needle Nose Pliers (also had this)

  • a C or D battery (or anything round that is about this size...I used home oil from bath and body works that I already had)

  • Hot glue gun (already had this)

  • Hot glue sticks (about 1 stick per hanger - already had this)

Making the Rosettes

If you are better with videos, you can watch very similar instructions here.

Cutting the strips

You want to cut your fabric into strips that are about 6-8 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. You don't have to be precise at all. Basically, I did it by cutting 18 inches of fabric off my bolt, then cut it in half where it was folded over on itself, then cut each of those pieces in half, so then I had four 18 inch wide by about 8 inches tall pieces. Then I cut each piece into twelve 1.5 inch wide x 8 inch tall strips.

Step by Step - Making a Rosette

Hold the strip like this in your left hand. 

Fold the strip into thirds by folding the right side over and then the left side over the right side like this:

Then fold the top down about 1/4 of an inch and put a dab of hot glue on the fold like this :

Then fold the glued edge over on itself to make the center of your rose like this:

Now, hold the folded edge in your right hand and the unfolded side in your left hand. Try to have the entire length folded over in thirds, but it really doesn't matter. It should look like this:

Now twist your left side over until the entire length is twisted like this, but don't twist too tight!!

Now, hold the bottom of the folded side with your right thumb and index finger, and you're going to wrap the left side counterclockwise around the folded edge (the center of your rosette). Your goal is to keep the top the same level. The bottom doesn't matter so much. It should look like this:

Now, very carefully, hold the unfinished edge to the side of the rosette and turn it over, so that the rosette is bottom side up between your left index finger and thumb. You're going to hot glue the bottom glued edge that you were holding while wrapping like this:

Fold the left edge over the glue, making sure to attach it to the right folded edge, to secure both ends together. Make sure it's pretty tight.

Now, you're going to just keep gluing and folding the unfinished edge over on itself to "flatten" the bottom. 

There's a finished rosette!

Now, don't worry if it takes you a few tries, and don't be surprised if your ruin a few. It takes approximately 45 rosettes to fill the front edge of a standard wooden hanger.

Doing the Wire Names

The wire is pretty difficult, and it takes a few times to get it right. You need about 5-6 feet of wire per hanger or so. I'd leave yourself at least a foot on the each side to wrap the wire around the wooden hanger. I can't offer a lot of advice on the wire part, so I'm going to refer you here. The one thing I can say is that you should draw out how you're going to shape the name before you do it so you have a game plan. Check out lilafrances on etsy to get an idea of how to shape each letter. Remember that you're not doing the entire hanger like the instructions I referred you to, but you will wrap the wire around the dips in the hanger. You can kind of see it in this picture:

You should wrap the wire around the hanger BEFORE you cover that section in rosettes.

Covering the Hanger with Rosettes

You need about 45 rosettes. Start in the middle and work your way to the edges. Just put a dab of hot glue on the wood and press your rosette into the glue. It's super easy! I recommend doing the fronts of all of your hangers and then deciding if you want to do the sides and back as well. That way, you won't have to redo the first one if you decide later that you only want to do the front. :)

close up

All done!!


Last Updated: August 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm
Tags: DIY Wedding
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