Post # 5
Did you do these yourself? If you did do you have directs on how to do it? [email protected].
Post # 6
Yes I did them myself. They take a bit of a time, but they’re not too bad once you get some practice. There are tons of tutorials online if you google “personalized hangers”, but here’s the jist of it:
You just need hangers, galvanized wire, a drill, epoxy (or hot glue), paint and ribbon.
- I bought a pack of 8 wood hangers on sale at Zellers for $3.99. I had to remove the pants bar, then sanded and painted them with paint from the dollar store. Make sure the hangers you buy have the indents so your dresses won’t slip off.
- I picked up one roll of 14g galvanized wire from Canadian Tire for $3.49. That was enough for practice and the 7 hangers.
- Take your time practicing the letters. You can print out a rough guide on a piece of paper and try to follow that so your letters stay the same size. You can use pliers to help guide the wire, but tape them with masking tape so they don’t scratch your wire. The best advice I can give is to go slowly one letter a time – don’t rush yourself! Start every bend large and round (and let the tail end of the wire you’re working with stay in the rounded shape it comes off the roll in), then only tighten the sharp bends after slowly pulling the wire tighter – this helps to avoid dents where you don’t want them. If you mess up, start on a fresh piece of wire because you won’t be able to get the kinks and dents out entirely. Mine aren’t perfect, but they’re much better than my practice pieces!
- Also try to think through how you’re going to shape each letter before you make it. Take my “mom” hanger for instance – I didn’t plan that well so it looks like “nom”. If I could do it over I would have added a small circle before the first ‘M’ like I did on the others. Study pictures of other people’s work (etsy’s a good place) and see how they did each letter.
- Once you have your names, lay them on a flat surface and place a hanger on top of them. Mark off where the wire and hanger overlap, so you know where to drill your holes. Start drilling with the smallest bit you can find.
- Cut the excess wire making sure to leave a cm or so on each end – enough for the wire to sit inside the holes on your hanger.
- I used epoxy in the holes and then inserted the wire. Some people don’t use any glue, others use hot glue. For me, the holes I drilled were a bit bigger than my wire so I had to use something to keep the wire from slipping out.
That’s it! Good luck 🙂
Post # 8
I’m in love with these! The colors are my favorite part
Post # 11
You did great! I see these all over Etsy for so many different price points. I wonder if I’d have the patience, but I love them. I only have two weeks left until I say I DO so I doubt these will happen, but I love what you did!