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Thursday, January 7, 2010

{front door decor}

I love cute front doors. They welcome friends and guests to your home, and can show a little of your personality to anyone that drives by.
I also adore berry wreaths. I just do. I'm not sure why, and it has to be the right kind, but they add just the perfect pop of color. I use red berries in the winter months, and this season I added a fat piece of burlap (another big favorite) and tied it in a knot at the top of the wreath. Love it!
I have also always really liked the vinyl lettering words or phrases, such as "welcome", but never wanted to fully commit to putting the lettering on my door.
So, I made my own version, which is easily removable, and can be changed or switched out at any time. Wouldn't it be fun to have different words for the different holidays, and even birthdays? I think I'm going to make a few more that I can put up at other times of the year. They are fast, easy, and really inexpensive to make. Home decor doesn't have to be can be simple, and be done on a budget.

(Please ignore that crooked curtain, it's driving me nuts! Once I noticed it in the picture, it was too late to go take another one. :) )

  • cereal boxes, or other cardboard on the thin side
  • scrapbook paper
  • ribbon
  • distress ink
  • hole punch
  • double stick tape
  • wall putty, or strong magnets
  • letter templates (i.e. printed off the computer)
  • Print out the letters of your word. I used the Cafe Rojo font, sized to 400. I wanted it the letters to be chunky enough to have some substance--a skinnier font wouldn't work as well for this project.
  • Cut out the letters, then trace into the cereal box and scrapbook paper. I trace onto the back of the paper, so you can't see the pencil lines, but this means you have to trace them backwards. Don't forget, or your letters won't be right when you flip them over.
  • Using the double stick tape, attach the scrapbook letters onto the cardboard letters. Trim any excess. (Sandpaper also works well.)
  • Ink all the edges.
  • Punch a hole where you want the ribbon to be, and then tie it through. (optional...I'm not sure I would add it if I was to do it over again. This was not its original destination; I thought of the front door after I made it. I can't decide if the ribbon adds to it, or takes away from it, but I love ribbon so much it doesn't really bother me.)
  • You can either hot glue magnets on the back if your door is magnetic. If not, you can see wall putty (which is what I did).
  • Attach to your door!



Blogger Erica said...

cute idea
i was just on scribble it last night thinking of buying a welcome vinyl for our front door
i just might have to try this out instead
thanks for sharing :)

January 7, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger GroverFamily said...

I have given you an can go here to check it out

January 7, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Watsons said...

I love that! I have yet to jump onto the vinyl bandwagon and this is such a great alternative!

January 7, 2010 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

I really love this. If only I didn't a varnished wood door, I'd be all over it!

January 7, 2010 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Miss Dot said...

Oooo... that red is so flashy and pretty!

January 8, 2010 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger Lelan @ Good Gravy! said...

Great tutorial!

January 8, 2010 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Jewels said...

this might be hittingmy door inthe near future...great idea

January 8, 2010 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

LOVE THIS!!!!! I featured your twine wrapped cans at Grab my "featured" button.

January 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Like the idea that it's removable and mixing it up for other times during the year.


January 8, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Six divided by two..... said...

I love your door!! I am trying to decide on what I want to do with mine. I just haven't come up with anything yet.

January 8, 2010 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Chic Mommy said...

Hey there I just wanted to stop in a say I love your blog and I featured your twine jars on my blog. Happy New Year

January 9, 2010 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Chic Mommy said...

Here is the link

January 9, 2010 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Great door! And i LOVE the wreath too!

January 10, 2010 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger The Harris Family said...

Cute door! What a smart idea-perfect for our rental.

January 10, 2010 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger emma wallace said...

What a marvelous idea! Thank you for sharing your tips!

And I too love berry wreaths. So festive and fun!

January 11, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger jenjen said...

What a fantastic door. So welcoming and cute. Great job!!!!


January 11, 2010 at 1:28 AM  
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January 13, 2010 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Burgett said...

My door isn't covered by a roof . . . .any ideas on how to make these without the weather ruining them?

January 15, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger sweetpea said...

Jennifer--You could always laminate them first, with the heavy duty stuff. They might be a little more glossy, but it would protect them from the weather.

I will try and think of some other ideas...

January 16, 2010 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger kirawall said...

Where did you get that red berry wreath? I am in love with it and have been trying to find one just like it. :)

October 17, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

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