You will need:
- 12 gauge florist wire (I got mine in the floral department at Joann Fabrics)
- Wooden shirt hangers, you want the ones that do NOT have the wooden dowel across the bottom. I got mine at Wal-Mart, five for $4.00
- Wire cutters
- Drill, with a bit that is just larger than the wire
- White glue
- Ribbon, or other embellishments to decorate the hangers
What you do:
- Using a hanger as a template, bend the wire into the shapes of names. Make sure to leave about six inches of wire at the beginning so that you can center your wire in the hanger. Also, do not cut the wire until you are done shaping the name. Shorter names use less wire than longer names, and there is really no good way to estimate how much wire you will need. I opted to use cursive because the letters naturally flow together. Use the pliers to "crimp" the wire together. I did not use a pattern to shape the letters, I just sort of went with it. Just make sure to periodically compare the wire to the hanger to ensure that the name will fit inside the hanger.
- Cut the wire once the name is shaped, again leaving a few inches on the end so that you can center the name inside the hanger.
- Bend the wire in a 90 degree angle (L shape) on either side of the name, such that it will fit inside the hanger and be centered. Mark on the hanger where the wire meets the hanger. Trim the ends of the wire as necessary.
- Drill holes on either side of the hanger, from the bottom.
- Put a drop of white glue inside each hole before popping in the wire.
- Shape the name until you achieve your desired look, then lay the hanger flat to allow the glue to dry.
- Decorate the hanger with ribbons as desired.