Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tutorial: DIY Reclaimed Wood Halloween Door Hanger

I will continue to give you seasonal craft tutorials as I complete them.  Lately my Saturdays have been full of front yard baseball and painting in the garage.  My workshop has been an old door made into a table on two sawhorses.

This is one of my favorite projects to-date.  I have found a local place that is an absolute gold-mine (if, of course, your version of gold is wood that is dying to be reclaimed).



Tutorial: DIY Reclaimed Drawer Front Halloween Door Hanger

Begin with an old drawer front, or really any rectangular piece of wood with a solid smooth surface.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger

On the back, measure and mark two points that will be drilled to create holes.  These should be within an inch from the top and each side.  If it helps, you can start your holes with a tiny screwdriver.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger


Using a 1/8” bit, drill two holes.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger

With wood putty, fill any holes (front and back) that were left behind from prior drawer hardware.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger

Paint the front of the wood with an antique white.  If you choose, use the same blending technique from the Primitive Reclaimed Wood Pumpkin Tutorial, to add a bit of orange into the white.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger
While the paint is drying, select three pieces of Halloween-themed scrapbook paper that are differing, yet coordinating.  Trace, draw, or stencil backwards on the back side of your papers.  Cut them out with scissors or a sharp craft knife.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger
Lightly sand some of the paint from your drawer-front, with 120 grit sandpaper, to give it an antiqued look.  Then wipe it clean with a clean cloth.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger
Position your letters to your liking, and gently apply Mod Podge over your letters in upward strokes.  I make my own Mod Podge (you can easily find recipes for it by doing a quick Pinterest search).  So to not have differing textures, I applied one coat of Mod Podge to the entire surface of the drawer front.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger


DIY Halloween Door Hanger

Let it dry.  Apply a second coat.  Let it dry again.  Lightly coat it with a spray-on clear coat (my favorite brand is Deft).

DIY Halloween Door Hanger


Then, using wire cutters, cut 19 gauge steel wire to your desired length.  Lace it through the holes and twist it on each side to create a secure hanger.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger


Add detail and flair with the ribbon of your choice.  I would love to see how you add your own touch of personality to this, please leave pictures in the comments section.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger
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