I need a nickname
Expert November 2011

ARGH! I give up on these freaken DIY personalized hangers!

I need a nickname, on July 15, 2011 at 1:00 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 25
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ARGH! I give up on these freaken DIY personalized hangers!

I can't seem to get it right and I'm getting really frustrated. I spent a lot of time drawing out the names. I bought some nice wooden hangers. I bought a bunch of 16 gauge ("2.74M") wires. Wasted a bunch because I couldn't get it right. I thought the wire was too thin. I went to a different craft store and bought the thickest ones available. Bag said "No. 2 3M"... and I still don't like how it came out. I also bought some really pretty butterflies to to hide where I attached it.

The two names I tried were "Adree" and "Cngo." The "o" in "Cngo" doesn't look like an "o." And I kept running out of wire.

I'm thinking of waiving the white flag and just buying one from a pro.

Pictures are of unfinished DIY. Why can't I get it right? (rhetorical Q. don't answer that.) I even tried using needle nose pliers. I taped up the pliers so it won't dent or strip the paint of the wire


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Latest activity by Maria, on June 19, 2014 at 1:15 AM
  • Jen P.
    Master January 2012
    Jen P. ·
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    Hey, I think Adree doesn't look half bad Smiley smile

    But if you want, instead, a bride stamped the girls' names on the wooden part of the hanger with paint and one of those rotating letter stamps (the kind where you can spell a word at a time) and even a little heart.. it was super cute and probably 10x easier than doing the wire!

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  • Jen P.
    Master January 2012
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    Oops, double post.. and btw, if you have an Ikea near by, I hear they have nice wooden hangers for a great price.

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  • I need a nickname
    Expert November 2011
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    But $20 seems like so much for a hanger. And I've already spent lots of time and close to $20 on material. ARgh! I should've bought one in the first place. But I wanted to make them for my BMs, MOH and myself.

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  • I need a nickname
    Expert November 2011
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    Thanks Jen L.!

    Maybe I should try again but with the thin wire???

    I guess I'm not as crafty as I thought. Smiley sad

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  • Hayley C™
    Master March 2008
    Hayley C™ ·
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    Not sure if this helps.. here is some others did their "c" and "o"

    some other examples

    http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-hangers-1




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  • Jen P.
    Master January 2012
    Jen P. ·
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    No I think the wire looks fine, but maybe you should start backwards, leaving plenty of room at the end to fit into the hanger and then just go backward from there, that seems like it would be easier! Does that make sense?

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  • Hayley C™
    Master March 2008
    Hayley C™ ·
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    Maybe draw it on paper, take String and trace it so you know EXACTLY how much wire you will need.

    Print it on paper with a font that is loopy but connected?

    try this font so you have the spacing and then trace it.

    http://www.fontspace.com/mario-arturo/riddle

    The thiner the wire, the easier to bend..

    Some DIY sites for instructions

    http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-instructions-for-wire-hangers

    http://shellchris.weebly.com/custom-hangers.html

    http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/wire-name-hangers

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  • I need a nickname
    Expert November 2011
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    Another attempt at "Cngo"

    I used a shot glass this time to make sure the "C" and "o" are nice and round.

    tracing it with a string sounds like a great idea!!!


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  • Hayley C™
    Master March 2008
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    I think was is throwing me is that it looks like "Cingo"

    is there a reason why you are not running the C right into the n???

    Get some sleep, play more later...

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  • I need a nickname
    Expert November 2011
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    Oh! You're right! It does look like Cingo. lol

    Let me play around some more. Skipping the gym tomorrow b/c I'm so dang determined about these stupid hangers. I'm stubborn. I know Smiley sad

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  • Jessica
    Super September 2011
    Jessica ·
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    Ok...I used 12g floral wire. I used a whole 5yards for practice. Here are 3 of 5 hangers. It takes time and patience...but worth it considering each hanger if purchased on easy cost $25-30. I too drew everything on Paper and practiced the hard letters with string. Keep trying. In the end you will be proud to say you made them yourself


    Fh iPad won't let me attach images. I'll try to get on the mail computer...


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  • FMW ~ BatLlama
    Master May 2011
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    My hangers got all bent up in transport. But 12g is the best (from my experience) it looks cleaner, and it a lot easier to handle!

    You'll get it! It just takes a LOT of practice! =]


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  • I need a nickname
    Expert November 2011
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    Alright... I'm getting sick of this.

    Will probably try again next weekend... maybe.

    First one says Adree. Second one says Miriam.

    Lighting is bad. The wires are actually purple; butterflies are silver and glittery; hanger is dark brownish red.



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  • I need a nickname
    Expert November 2011
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    So the larger the gauge, the thinner the wire? So like a 16 gauge wire is thinner than a 12 gauge wire?

    I tried looking at Lowes' website but couldn't find it. Can someone link me?

    The craft stores sells 3 yards for $1.50+tax. (And they don't sell it in any other length than 3 yards.)

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions, links and especially the pictures!

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  • I need a nickname
    Expert November 2011
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    Is this the wire? this looks dull. Everyone's silver wire looks shiny and pretty.

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_51214-1463-6012_0__?productId=3199513&Ntt=12-gauge&Ns=p_product_price|0&pl=1¤tURL=/pl__0__s?Ns=p_product_price|0&Ntt=12-gauge&facetInfo=

    I'm officially insane and obsessed. I just realized that there's probably no space to hang something on the hanger (like the straps of a dress). Ugh.

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  • Hayley C™
    Master March 2008
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    http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Aluminum-Floral-Wire-12-Gauge-5-Yards-Floral-Tools--Pins--Wires_stcVVproductId57330728VVcatId540003VVviewprod.htm

    colored but shorter.. ?maybe

    http://www.consumercrafts.com/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?clg=jewelry&prd=1999-1532(ConsumerCrafts)

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  • aysa
    Devoted September 2011
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    Wow you ladies are soooooo crafty should i be ashamed to admit that I threw in the towel before I decided to poke my eye out with the wire and just bought one from ETSY???!!!! LOL

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  • Tach
    Master July 2012
    Tach ·
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    Can't find the exact one I bought but it looks like this. http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=xprd728380

    I bought from Michaels for like $1.60 with a 40% off coupon. I tried using the 18 gauge but it was wayy too thin, so the smaller the gauge number the thicker the wire.

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  • Baby
    Expert July 2011
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    I bought mine from a vendor on Etsy for $14 or something... here is her store on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LawStudentCrafts She was absolutely amazing to work with & I had the hanger in about 3 days on my doorstep Smiley smile Good luck!

    edit: $14 was with shipping too!

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  • Ab
    Master October 2011
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    @aysa LOL. ya I know myself well enough to not even attempt this..I have bad handwriting so I'm thinking it would come out crappy.

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