Summer Door Decoration

Ever since the moss-covered crosses came down from our front doors, the doors have been totally naked and not very welcoming!  I absolutely love anything monogrammed, so I decided to take our “B” outdoors!
I wanted something cheery, but simple and inexpensive, and I like how they turned out.  These are really easy to make yourself, and I’ll show you how!

Supplies Needed:
Foam board…22×28 (mine had a faint “ghost line” or grid, making for easier free-handing of the letter)
X-Acto Knife
Sandpaper…180 grit
Drop cloth or newspaper for painting mess
Paint brush
Template for polkadots (I used a small cup)
Pencil 
Acrylic Paint of choice 
Clear Glitter
Ribbon of choice
Hot Glue gun
Clear suction cup or door hanger

First, decide on a font for your letter.  100’s of cute, free fonts HERE!  I chose “Cafe Rojo” and free-handed it in pencil onto the foam board.  

Cut out the letter with an X-Acto knife.  Using the 180-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the rough edges.  It does not need to be perfect.  Once painted, you will not notice the imperfections.
You can see in this photo above that the edges are not perfectly smooth…sand what you can, and forget the rest.
(Paint and clear glitter I used)

Next, place your letter on a drop cloth or newspaper and apply your paint of choice.  Two coats are probably necessary for good coverage.  

After the second coat dries completely, use your circle template and pencil to create the polkadots, as shown below.  (They are hard to see, as they are lightly drawn)
 Then, using a small paint brush, paint the polkadots, covering the pencil marks.  **While the polkadot paint is STILL WET, sprinkle the glitter, if desired, onto the paint and tap excess off into a bowl.  Create as many or as few as you prefer.  These polkadots are 2 inches in diameter.
After the paint is completely dry, you are ready to assemble the ribbon hanger/decor.  You can do anything you wish here!  I’ll show you how I did mine, as I was going for a simple look.

I measured out about 2 feet of each ribbon, layering them.
If your letter allows, you can loop it around and knot it, as shown.  If you have a letter such as a T or a W, you can simply hot glue your ribbon to the back of the letter.
I tied a simple knot to create a “hanger.”
Then, using about 3 1/2 feet of ribbon, I made a simple bow and wrapped one more piece of the white ribbon around the green bow.  (not shown) Then I hot glued this entire piece to the “hanger.”
You can make the “hanger” as simple or as big as you wish!  Add lots of skinny ribbon in different patterns or add a flower or butterfly ornament!  The possibilities are endless!

If you decide to make one yourself, I’d love to see it!  
Linking to:
Saturday Spotlight
At the Picket Fence
Fingerprints on the Fridge
Serenity4AmandaNow
Tip Junkie handmade projects

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Comments

  1. Love love love it!!! It’s oh so cute and very fun for summer!! Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh…I love!!!!!

  3. This is great! I am going to steal this idea!

  4. TOO CUTE Amanda!!!!!!!!!

  5. That’s so cute!! I bet my girls would love to have one to hang in their rooms too! :)

  6. Can’t believe you just posted this! I made one last week for my backporch…only I used birch plywood and drove Coach around the bend with my directions on how to cut it out “perfectly”!! I will send you a pic!Foam board is sooo much easier! Thanks for the tip!!
    Love,
    Angela

  7. Love this!!! The yellow, the poladot. The B, my last name starts with a B. I am biased.
    Love every detail.
    following you now!!!
    ladeedacreations.com

  8. I am loving yellow right now! And those polka dots are awesome. Stopping by for Serenity Now:)

  9. Adorable! Love the yellow and the polka dots. :)

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party (and for linking back-I appreciate that!). Hope you’ll stop by Serenity Now again soon. :)

  10. Super cute! I love the color!

  11. So Whimsical!! Thanks so much for sharing at The Mother Lode linky party over at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina
    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com