Post # 1
Another project tackled! It was a surprisingly quick one – I finished mine in a night and I had 8 to do. Also way less expensive than buying them online. I would recommend using ALUMINUM bead stringing wire, available at Joanns, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc. It’s so much easier to manipulate than galvanized steel wire from hardware stores, it’s available in more colors, and is a little bit thicker. Sorry the image quality isn’t that great. What do you think?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Zama Beach Club, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
That is seriously amazing. How did you do this?
Post # 4
wow… those look great so much better than mine did…
Post # 5
I actually cheated 🙂 I typed the names into this website: http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=602 and used a cursive font under “school” (under the main heading “script”). You can custom preview any word so you don’t even have to download the font package. I just used my snipping tool on the computer, put all the names into a word doc and printed it off in the exact size I wanted the names. Then I simply “traced” the wire over the letters. It was so easy! You just need a pliers for the sharp turns and the aluminum wire…I swear the aluminum makes all the difference.
Post # 6
Those look amazing!!! I’m gonna give it a try since you made it sound pretty easy. How did you attach the wire to the hangers though?
Post # 7
These look professionally made, great job! Can you post more detailed instructions? Like neho, I’m wondering how you stuck the wire to the hanger.
Post # 9
Wow those look awesome!! I tried for the first time last weekend and they looked good but not very cohesive cause I kept doing little things different each time. I never thought to print out a font I liked and trace over it!! Thanks for the tip!!
Post # 10
Oh by the way what gauge wire did you use?
Post # 11
I started with aluminum bead stringing wire (not sure of the guage, sorry, but its approx. 1/8″ thick). Unroll a bit at a time and start tracing the letters, leaving at least 6″ at the beginning. I had a hanger by me to see how much extra I needed on the end. Shorter names obviously need more slack on the ends. I kept my wire on the roll while I was working, found it was easier to control. Use a pliers to crimp wire to make letters such as “m” or “h”. Be cautious though, as the pliers can damage the wire and take off the color.
I bought 2 rolls of wire (5 yards each I believe) and it got me through 8 hangers (to give you a rough estimate). If you are doing names with lots of letters plan to use more.
I then did the curly-q’s on each end and put glass seed beads on for a little pizazz.
To attach the wire simply drill a hole in each side of the hanger. The drill bit you use should be just slightly larger than the wire. I would hold the wire name in place first, drill a hole and trim the wire on one side and insert the wire into the hole. Then gauge where you should drill the second hole so the name is parallel to the floor. I used a sharpie to make a small dot where my drillbit should go.
I used a tiny drop of E6000 glue to secure the wire in place after I trimmed the wire to the proper length.
Oh yeah, and you can make charms with the extra wire! I did a heart for mine.
Then add a ribbon and wham-bam-thankyou-maam you have multiple bridesmaid hangers for under $20.
EDIT: duh, I forgot an important part! I used a wine cork (you could use anything round: bottle cap, pen, etc) to wrap the wire around for letters like “o” “a” and “c”. This is a crucial step to getting nice rounded letters! Make sure whatever the round thing is is approx. the same size as the letters in the font you printed out.
Post # 12
Omg I love these you did such a good job!
Post # 13
wow! These look great. I might try it!
Post # 14
They are super perfect. I hope mine come out as good!
Post # 15
Those look awesome! I’m saving your instructions for later. Maybe I’ll give this a try next weekend.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2011 - ceremony in our family's Catholic church in Watsonville; reception at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
So much awesomeness – I was going to give up on the hangars, but now you’ve inspired me 🙂 Thanks for posting, yay for you!