Crafts have a curious effect on me. I start them feeling all “I am crafty, hear me roar,” and I end up sitting in a corner in the fetal position. However, this one didn’t do that! I have done a variation on this before for Hayden’s room so I felt pretty comfortable with it, but while I was shopping, I got a little ambitious and got some extra things that the original project didn’t call for. Those are listed under the supplies list if you want to get a little crazy. Some of these things my husband had in the garage and I had his assistance on a couple of steps. It looks super involved and complicated, but it’s not at all so stay with me! I’ve included a lot of pictures and probably over-simplified the instructions so this is a long one. Here we go!
Halloween Door Hanger
Supplies (this is what the original project called for):
- Wooden letters (I found mine at Michaels, but Walmart and Hobby Lobby have them as well. Be sure there’s an eyelet or hook on the back of the top letter)
- Acrylic paint
- Scrapbook paper
- Brushes (I got a set of brushes and a couple sponge brushes)
- Mod Podge (I recommend getting the Mod Podge Outdoor so the hanger won’t get messed up by rain)
- Ribbon (to hang on the door and to tie the letters together)
- Wooden accents (I found some plain wooden shapes that I painted, but there are plenty of options out there that are already decorated)
- Straight edge or razor blade (to cut out the paper)
- Sand paper or file to trim the edges of the paper
- Glitter (I already had some so I added it to the edges of the letters)
- 3M Spray Adhesive (I used to attach the paper to the letters. It’s super fast and dries very quickly)
- Watco Clear Satin Laquer (found at Lowes or Home Depot. But again, Mod Podge Outdoor would do the same thing)
- Orange wire (I found some at Michaels and used to attach the letters)
- Small foam bumpers (not required, but makes it less noisy when they hit the door)
- Paint the edges of the letters. I ended up painting two coats. (If using glitter: Once the paint dries, apply a thin layer of mod Podge and add the glitter. If not using glitter: move on to step 2)
- Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the letters and attach your scrapbook paper. Be sure you apply pressure to the whole surface area of the letters, including the edges. Otherwise the paper could pull up once you cut it. (This is where I used the 3M spray. I applied the adhesive to the back of the paper, waited about 2 minutes, and then pressed it on to the letters using firm pressure. The adhesive doesn’t dry totally clear and I didn’t want the overspray to show up on my painted edges, so it’s important to apply it to the paper rather than the letters)
- When the Mod Podge has dried, turn your letters over, paper-side down, and cut out the the letters using a straight edge or razor blade. Once cut, smooth out the edges using either some sandpaper or a file.
- If applicable, paint whatever accents you’ve picked out. Once the paint dries, attach the accents. I used super glue, but Mod Podge would work just as well.
- When the glue has dried and the accents are set, apply a few thin coats of Mod Podge to seal everything against rain. In my case, I just applied two coats of MP because I was using the clear coat. If you’re not using clear coat, you may want to apply a couple more layers.
- To attach the letters, you can use either ribbon or wire. If using wire, here’s what we did.
a. Cut a piece of wire about a foot long.
b. Loop through two of the letters, making sure to leave some room in between. Leave a slightly bigger gap than what you want to end up with. It will shorten when we twist it in a couple of steps.
c. Twist the edges around each other and cut off the excess.
d. Holding one letter taut, twist the other letter until you have the desired distance between the two. This creates a very pretty twist in the space between the letters.
- Attach as many foam bumpers as you would like. It will make the door hanger a lot quieter when you open and close the door.
- Cut a piece of ribbon about 16 inches. Tie a knot in the ends, leaving about an 8 inch loop. Place the knot in the eyelet of the top letter and pull until it’s firmly in place. Put a big dot of super glue on top of the knot and let dry
- If applicable, spray the whole thing with your clear coat and then HANG!
See? Simple! I did this over the course of a couple of days while Hayden was sleeping, but you could do it in an afternoon if you had the time. There are so many ways that you could customize this to exactly your taste and I’d love to see what you come up with! Find me on Facebook and Instagram