Introduction: Personalized Wire Hanger for Baby Clothes

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This instructable describes how to make a personalized wire hanger with a person's name built-in so it's looks cool and stylish in your child's wardrobe ;-).

The original idea is not from me. One day I discovered via the Inhabitots' newsletter to which I'm subscribed to (http://www.inhabitots.com/), someone who was making custom made hangers for baby clothes. I found her profile back on Etsy (see http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28164910). I loved the idea and thought it was first of all very easy to make but also very unique.

Anyway, as I have a 11 months old baby boy and as we received tons of clothes for him (he even has more clothes than me or my wife), we're constantly lacking hangers, so I've decided to make some for him based on lilafrances' idea from Etsy. Also, a lot of our friends are in their thirties and babies are popping up everywhere, this of course represents quite a budget in baby presents. But now thanks to this marvellous idea I'll have super cool personalized custom handmade presents for all my firends' little ones... = instant karma for me ;-)

As you've guessed by now, my son is named Sean.
This hanger on the picture was my first one, in the meantime, I've improved my "n" and "s".

You can see other hangers on lilafrances' profile (see link above); it'll give you some ideas on how to make the letters.

EDIT 04/08 - I made another hanger tonight for a little girl named elvie. Here's the picture
EDIT 11/09 - I made two other hangers tonight

Step 1: What You Need

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Pliers

I used two different type of pliers. The bigger one to make the sharp angles and to pinch the wire so it'd stay in place. And the thinner one to make the little curls. Usually these type of pliers can cut the wire too. If it's not the case for you, you'll obviously need cutting pliers.

Wire

In the nearest DIY shop they didn't have the same type of wire like normally used for wire hangers. It was either too thin or too thick. I've finally found a white fence wire coated with PVC. It's actually meant to be used as a drying line in the garden. The wire has a section of 3.2mm which is very thick. I'd recommend to take a wire 2.5mm thick max. It'll still provide enough stability so your hanger will be solid while give your more flexibility to make nice letters and curl the wire the way you want. With my 3.2mm one it was not easy to bend the wire and make nice round letters.

You can see on the picture below the thickness difference between my white coated PVC wire and the standard wire hanger

A standard wire hanger

I used a standard wire hanger as a template to have an idea of the measurement or a normal hanger. While making my hanger, I often put it on top of the template to compare the size, angles and so on...

Notebook and pen

To write what you want to make in one go. I'll explain in the next step

Step 2: Draw a Model

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You can compare"writing" the name with a wire to writing in cursive letters; your pen cannot leave the sheet and you have to write the entire word in one go with a continuous line.

In order to have a good result, I drew some examples on a sheet of paper in order to have a clear idea on how I was going to make each letter. I highly recommend you to do the same, it only takes a minute or two and will make your life easier when bending the wire.

Things to consider when you draw your model:

- do not lift your pen off the sheet of paper
- draw the hook too so you can centre the word (best is to have +/- the same amount of letters on each side of the hook). Not only it's more pleasing to the eye, but it'll also ensure your hanger doesn't tilt on one side

Once you have a clear idea on how to proceed, cut a piece of wire so you're not annoyed with the reel. For the length of wire to cut, I used the flat part of my template hanger as measurement unit. To give you an idea, I used 4x the length for the "sean" hanger and 5x for the "romane" one (btw "romane" is a French name for a little girl). So it's +/- 170cm for the sean one and +/- 200cm for the romane one.

Step 3: Make the Hanger

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Bend the wire

As you'll have guessed while drawing the word in your notebook; for some letters you'll have to make several pass that will have to overlap each other. One thing I've learned when making the hanger is to think in 3D. Your wire doesn't have to remain like on a sheet of paper anymore. If you look at the picture below; for the "M" of romane, I've bent the wire to the back (like if it would enter the sheet of paper) to go back up. The result is nicer.

Don't forget to measure your hanger on a regular basis so you 'll get something +/- standard that can fit most wardrobes. As I said, I was simply putting my hanger on top of the template one just to compare.

You can also make these little hooks on the side so it's possible to hang dungarees, dresses and so on...

Altogether it took me 30 minutes per hanger.

Hope this inspires someone

Have all a nice day

Comments

candilee47 (author)2013-03-09

Oh dear, my auto-text was one ahead of me there, I meant to type to the FAMILY!! Heehee :-D Thanks for a wonderful INSTRUCTABLE!!

candilee47 (author)2013-03-09

VERY inspiring!! I think these are a wonderful idea especially for new additions to the family-friendly... Think I will start looking for some wire and practicing my cursif handwriting!!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-08-21

That is a really cute idea!

justjordy33 (author)2012-08-07

That is really cool for what you can do with those. What can you do with unique baby clothes?

deltagirl82 (author)2009-10-25

I am such a dunce, You used the regular wire hanger as a model. The PVC makes the whole hanger.

sheepborg (author)2009-08-30

I saw my name it was on a hanger I was like: I have got to do this awesome!

deltagirl82 (author)2009-08-15

Nice! How do you put the pvc on the hanger? Can you make a step illustrating this?

chouf (author)deltagirl822009-08-26

hi, the PVC coating was already on the wire. As explained, I went to a DYI shop and found this one in the gardening area. It's supposed to be use to build drying lines. I suppose you could also use any other wire for garden fences. These are always coated with plastic...

ezcheese (author)2009-08-06

Good job! :)

Christopher Jarratt does something very similar, a kind of premium product though.

http://www.hookpegsupport.com/

http://www.christopherjarratt.com/coat_hangers.html

chouf (author)ezcheese2009-08-07

thanks for the links, these are very nice indeed; but as you said, it's not the same range of product. ;-)

thingy (author)2009-08-05

If my son is not named Sean, can I still make these? :)

chouf (author)thingy2009-08-07

;-)

kitwah (author)2009-08-07

These are great. Do you think this would work making the hangers adult sized? Might give it a bash.

chouf (author)kitwah2009-08-07

hi there, in fact the ones you see in the pictures are adult size hangers. I used one of "mine" hanger as model so it'll definitively work ;-) for smaller hangers i suppose it'd better to user a thinner wire and smaller pliers. also if your baby is named "sean" "jim" "jack" etc it's OK, but if you have a French name like "jean-francois" good luck to fit all the letters in ;-D

seanroberts (author)2009-08-03

You get a cookie for naming your son the best name ever.

chouf (author)seanroberts2009-08-04

in fact I didn't have the choice as my wife is irish ;-) (only joking, I also think it's a great name)

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