Door hangers are a wonderful way to express a little bit of the who you are to the world…or at least everyone that visits or drives by your house. However, door hangers are not just restricted to front doors. I have made them for hospital doors announcing a baby’s arrival, dorm room doors, nursing home doors and bedroom doors. Some have even just been hung on the wall…and thus become door hangers.
As fall is just around the corner, football and your team will be a popular theme to make sure everybody knows who you’ll be pulling for. In Alabama, one of the first questions when meeting a new arrival is “who do you go for?”. We simply have to know…Alabama or Auburn.
I’ll be more than happy to make a door hanger for you, but if you just want to do-it-yourself, I have created this quick tutorial.
STEP 1. Gather your supplies ( I really don’t like missing anything to finish the project)
- Wood sheet. I use luan either an eight or quarter inch thick.
- Paint brushes of various sizes
- jig saw
- wire cutter
- protectant finish
STEP 2. Print your image to the size you want
I use this great software called Rapid Resizer. You can find an image or picture on the internet and download it to the program. I convert all my items to a line drawing. Then I custom resize it to fit the project I am making. In this case 23.5 inches wide and 19 inches tall. This prints to 8 pieces of paper…
I then cut along the border and tape the papers together.
Step 3. Trace the outline and cut out with a jigsaw.
I tried several jigsaws and finally invested into this Bosch. It is powerful enough to cut through at least 3 inches of wood and the bottom plate stays perpendicular to the wood. Some of the others I tried, had faceplates that loosened as I cut. I would have to find my allen wrench about every 10 minutes of cutting to tighten the face plate. This Bosch was well worth the price.
Step 4. Sand edges and paint.
I really couldn’t live without this little sander. I buy sheets of sandpaper (most often 100 grit) and cut them into fourths.
Step 5. Trace the details with transfer paper.
Make sure you put the transfer paper facing the right direction to leave an image
While this may sound elementary, make sure your transfer paper is facing the right direction to actually leave an image on the wood. I always test this on blank paper before I line everything up. (the first time you trace an image and lift it off to see nothing there, you will too)
Step 6. Paint the football with your teams logo, colors or symbols.
I used the Alabama A and houndstooth to let you know I roll with the tide!
Step 7. Drill holes for the wire hanger and seal with Rustoleum clear matte spray finish.
Step 8. Hang it on your door!
Please send me your pictures and I will post them….I can’t wait to see who you “go for” this fall and all the creative ways you express it!