I may be a little obsessed with door hangers.
I took a detour a few weeks ago and made something a little different for my front door for spring, but today I’m going back to the original design.
I love it because it’s not your traditional door wreath and it’s simple to update for each season. Plus, I’ve tweaked it a little more to make it lighter.
Let’s Get Started
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I used the same metal base as before, but gave it a softer, spring look with Rust-Oleum’s satin Heirloom White spray paint.
You can find these at Hobby Lobby and the patient can even get them for half price. If you shop Hobby Lobby much you probably know that nearly everything in the store cycles through 40-50% off sales. Just be patient and snag a deal, girl!
I used the same wooden numbers, but instead of tiles, I used a piece of craft wood. It made the whole project lighter, plus you don’t have to worry so much about the background space like I did with the original project. You know, practice makes…a better design. 🙂
Creating the Mood
I don’t know about you, but when I’m working on a project, color is huge. Getting colors that “work” together is a fun challenge, and when it clicks, well…that’s when the music plays and angels sing!
I know that’a bit dramatic, but really, it’s thrilling to me when colors click. I spent an embarrassing amount of time in the floral aisles at Michael’s pulling out stems, holding them together, putting some back, getting out more, then repeating the whole cycle more than a few times.
Finally, I got the right combination.
And then there was music!
Paint (Always Paint!)
With the prefect florals in hand, a quick trip through the paint department was all I needed. I chose DecoArt’s Sea Glass and Natural Buff. Can’t you just feel those warm spring breezes in these colors?
Putting in Together
With the work of finding the prefect florals and colors done, let’s get a hanger on the door.
Start by attaching the floral foam to the back of the base. I love using Gorilla Glue for my projects. Once attached, it’s going nowhere. And the construction adhesive formula doesn’t expand like some of the others, so you don’t have to worry about having gaps once it dries.
Next, glue your house numbers to the craft wood, then attach the whole thing to the front of the base.
I like to let the glue cure for about 24 hours before handling. So…go do laundry, errands, dinner, and all the things on your to-do list, then come back to it tomorrow.
The Flowers and Sprays
Now add the flowers and sprays. Instead of pushing the whole stems into the foam, use wire cutters to divide them into smaller sections. You can work with shorter pieces and spread the flowers around better, which makes the arrangement more interesting.
Balance is the key (you know, just like algebra equations: what you do to one side, you have to do to the other). Keep that in mind as you work, and you’ll have a gorgeous door hanger with little brain effort.
Finishing & Hanging
One of the things I love about this metal base is those hanging holes on each side. They’re so easy to string a length of ribbon through to create a custom hanger.
Decide how low you want it to hang and cut the ribbon to match, leaving a couple of extra inches on each end for tying a knot. Run the ribbon through the front and tie knots on the back.
Now hang your gorgeous door hanger and enjoy your music!
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