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DIY 4th of July Door Hanger

With the 4th of July just around the corner, it's a perfect time to infuse your home with patriotic flair. In this DIY tutorial, I will guide you through the steps to create this stunning decorative 4th of July door hanger that captures the spirit of Independence Day. If you want to showcase your love for the red, white and blue, this project is sure to add a festive touch to your front door. Grab your craft supplies and let's started!





SUPPLIES NEEDED:


1.) 18" round wood sign. You can get these off of Amazon or at Michaels. I prefer the one from Michaels, because it's easy to find and you don't have to buy in bulk.

2.) Painters Tape. Any brand will do, but I like the clean release variety, since it sticks well and pulls off cleaner than traditional painter's tape, which can sometimes get stuck

3.) Cricut Maker, or other craft cutter for cutting letters and shapes out (you do need access to a computer to run the software for printing). The one I have linked actually comes with the red and blue vinyl which is perfect for this project. If you do not have access to this, then I would suggest finding a stencil, or purchasing some already done vinyl letters on Amazon. You can find the blue letters here and the red letters here. I would go with the 3" size for the blue and the 2" size for the red if you are doing a vinyl adhesive letter. The fonts are not going to be the same as what is shown here, but it will still look nice.

4.) Red and Blue Vinyl if you are using the Cricut

7.) White craft paint. I used golden acrylic paint because I happened to have it on hand, but I would actually recommend using a white craft paint, because it goes on easier for this type of project and covers a larger area faster than traditional heavy based artist acrylics.

15.) Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks

16.) Miscellaneous items such as paper towel, wet rags to help clean up the paint, a pencil, a pair of scissors & last but not least an area you can work on. I have a craft room that I use, but you could cover a table at home with some cardboard and work from there too.


God Bless America Door Hanger


1.) STAIN THE TOP THIRD OF YOUR ROUND WOOD SIGN

First, determine where the upper third part of the sign is. I just eyeball it. It doesn't need to be perfect, but you want roughly the top third of the sign to be stained. I propped the sign up on my easel, but you can place on a table as well. Use painters tape to create a line. If you are having a hard time getting the line straight use a level to help create a perfect horizontal line. Once you have your painters tape, you will want to use a foam applicator to apply a couple of layers of the dark stain (make sure to get around the edges too). Make sure you shake the container of stain before opening, because I made the mistake at first of not doing this, and you will only get an oily layer instead of the dark color that is on the bottom.


Once you have your stain applied to your liking, take a paper towel or a rag to wipe off any additional stain. I applied three layers to my sign before I found my desired color. When you have your stain complete, then take a hair dryer to speed up the drying time. I would still let your sign sit for a couple of hours before painting the white layer underneath. I also used a quick dry stain so that also helped with the drying time.


2.) PAINT THE BOTTOM 2/3 WHITE WITH ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT

Once you have your stain complete on the top third, peel your painters tape off carefully, and add another line of tape along the edge of the stain line so you can create a clean edge for the white paint. Don't worry about going over your stained area. As long as it is dry, you don't have to worry about any of the stain lifting off once you peel it.


Use your medium sized paint brush and carefully paint your white layer. I also went along the edges of the sign as well. It took two coats or white paint, however depending on the opacity of your paint you may need more or less. Take a blow dryer again to help speed up the paint drying process. Once complete let your sign sit again for a couple of hours before applying your letters. In the meantime you can get your letters and shapes cut out on your Cricut.


3.) PRINT AND CUT YOUR LETTERS AND SHAPES ON THE CRICUT

I am a graphic designer by trade, so I used Adobe Illustrator to create my files for printing and saved them as a transparent PNG file that I could upload right into my Cricut software. You can just use the software that comes with the Cricut also, and choose which ever typefaces you desire to create the files right in their program. The typefaces that I chose are "Garage Gothic" for the God Bless, and "Dreaming Outloud" for the America. I made the God Bless letters approx. 3" tall by14" wide total length (but for printing I stacked the God on top of the Bless so that it fits in my Cricut) and I made the America approx. 2.5" tall by 11.75" wide (so it fits in my Cricut). For the stars, I used a star shape that was already included in my Cricut software, and I sized the one in the center to 2.5" and the ones on the side to 1.5" square.


If you do not have a Cricut and you are getting your own vinyl adhesive letters, I would cut the letters out (with the back on still) and place them with some painters tape on your sign and mark with a pencil so you can roughly know exactly where to place them. I also did this with my Cricut print outs. I took the word and lined it up with painters tape and then marked with a pencil where about each letter should go before adhering them.


4.) PLACE YOUR LETTERS AND SHAPES ON YOUR SIGN

Once you have your letters marked where they should go, then carefully place your letters one by one on your sign. The nice thing about vinyl is for the most part it is pretty easy to peel up and re-stick if it doesn't go right the first time. You can carefully use the edge of a palette knife to peel the letter back up and re-stick it again if needed. For the America, I had to place it on a couple of times, because It was slightly difficult to get the entire word to stick on straight. Still, take it letter by letter and be patient and you will get to your desired results.


Once you have your Letters on, then you can place your stars at the bottom. I actually put a coat of varnish on the sign first and then applied the stars because it allowed them to slide a little bit and for me to get the perfect spot on the bottom of the sign in the center. Try out this trick for yourself.


5.) SEAL YOUR SIGN WITH VARNISH

Once your sign is complete, it is time to seal with varnish. I just use Liquitex glossy varnish, because I love the archival quality and I know that it does not yellow. Apply one coat, let dry, and then apply a second coat to finish. If you do not have Liquitex varnish, you can use an all weather clear variety you can get from any hardware store as well. These typically have a stronger scent, and I would recommend using this product outside.


6.) TIE YOUR BOW

Once your sign is dry, you can apply your bow and your floral elements. For the bow you want to cut about a 6 foot section of burlap and navy & white striped ribbon. Stack the navy/white ribbon on top of the burlap for tying. If you are not sure how to tie a bow like this. Here is a You Tube Tutorial that does a great job explaining and making this super simple. Use a zip tie to hold your bow together in the back. Make sure that your burlap ribbon has a wire edge, which will make it easier to hold together.


7.) HOT GLUE YOUR FLORAL ELEMENTS & YOUR BOW

Now that you have your bow done, you are ready to assemble and glue your lambs ear, your red, white and blue berry sprig and your bow to the sign.


First you will want to take a wire cutter and cut your lambs ear and the berry sprig to the desired length. I played around with different sizes and made it so that it sticks off the sign by a couple of inches in either direction. I places the berry sprig and the lambs ear on both sides with the berry sprig on top of the lambs ear making them go horizontally across the top of your door hanger. Make sure your floral stems meet in the middle.


Once you have your lambs ear and your berry sprigs laid out in place, then take a hot glue gun and adhere them in the middle of the sign. Allow this to dry for about 5 minutes or so.


Once your floral elements are attached, then you can hot glue the center of your bow over the top of the center of your stems to cover up the ends. Glue a few little lambs ear leaves above the center of the bow to cover any additional glue spots.


8.) HANG YOUR SIGN ON YOUR DOOR


Now that you have your floral elements adhered to your door hanger you should be ready to hang! I hope your sign turns out just as beautiful as mine did, but if you need any help or have any questions, you can certainly email me at the address below, and I will help you out as best as I can. Here is a tip for hanging: Use a piece of adhesive Velcro for the back of the sign and your door to keep it from slamming when the door opens and closes.


I would love to see your creation, so if you end up making this lovely door hanger, please email me a photo at nicolesartfulhome@gmail.com




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