You don’t have to go the traditional wreath route! This simple repurposed DIY door hanger breaks the rules with unique individuality and a frugal price tag in the bargain!
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I do love a great wreath, but I can’t deny my affinity to bend the rules of convention and come up with something a little different.
So I decided to dig through my collection of finds to see what I could use to creatively tweak the standard.
I’m still working through my haul from National Thrift Shop Day, and even though these pieces came from two different stores, they were a perfect pair.
First, this lovely framed art print that was just $3.
Forget the print.
The real attraction for me was the wood frame. It was straight, solid, and I was pretty sure there was some redeeming value hidden behind that very interesting facade.
Looking for solid pieces can extend further than just furniture when you thrift shop.
I also found this cute little flat-backed basket holding a simple silk tulip trio.
Not too bad…but I had something a bit more neutral in mind. And for the life of me, I can’t seem to leave a thrift find as it.
So as much as I love a pretty tulip, these simply had to go.
DIY Door Decor aka the Rebel Wreath
The first order of business: sanding, sanding, and more sanding.
This is a great time to mention that sanding any significant amount of paint by hand is a painstaking and potentially painful chore.
That’s just the messy and uncomfortable truth.
But if you have one of these handy little tools:
you’ll have a much cleaner and easier time of it.
And save some fingers too.
I rummaged around in Tony’s shop and found this amazing tool, asking myself the entire time how I’ve missed it up to now. It stripped every bit of that ancient paint and left me with nothing but bare wood. My sanding future just took a turn for the better.
After I got all the old paint off, I tackled the back.
Brace yourself…thrift shopping isn’t for the faint-hearted!
Yuck and yuck!
Paper-backed frames are nice – when they’re nice.
But this one absolutely had to go. There was no redemption whatsoever for this mildewed backing.
After removing the hardware, I ripped it all off and pulled out the print and backing.
So much better already.
And I think that great sanding job made a foundational difference.
I kept the print and glued it to the cardboard backing, using them as a foundation to decoupage a piece of fabric onto.
After the center was dry, I pressed it back into the frame.
Finally, I reattached the hangers, which, interestingly were the single pieces of this entire project that didn’t get an update.
In the place of tulips, I filled the basket with some gentle fall flowers, leaves, berries, and a cute little pumpkin.
A wired satin ribbon made the new hanger, and I glued the basket to the front with my favorite outdoor adhesive.
I love how it turned out, but I especially loved tweaking the traditional wreath for some DIY door decor that is sure to be unique.
So if you’re not a traditionalist when it comes to wreaths, or just love doing things thrifty or a little differently, take my simple idea and use it to inspire your own fabulous DIY door hanger!