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I know Halloween colors are traditionally black and orange but I am loving the black and white trend I’ve been seeing and it seems to have taken over my crafts for the season. (See my Halloween mantle.) I love the kind of creepy Victorian look it gives and decided to carry the trend to my front door with an idea for a project I had. I wanted a vintage door hanger that also had a bit of a spooky factor to it. I am so excited about what I came up with!
I had seen some gorgeous vintage style subway scrapbook paper at a local craft store and thought how pretty it would look as a door hanger. I knew I could Mod Podge it to a frame like I had in mind but regular Mod Podge is not really made to hold up to the elements but Plaid has come up with Outdoor Mod Podge! Their new water based glue and sealer lets you decoupage for the outdoors! Problem solved.
To Make This Door Hanger You Will Need:
Before we begin the supply list, you may be asking yourself “Why is a freezer next to the stairs?” Yours isn’t? Actually for three weeks my kitchen has been undergoing a major overhaul. So I now I have an oh so practical combined kitchen and living room. I also can not craft in my kitchen until they are done. But onward and upward!
- 11×14 (or any size) wooden frame I recommend one that is rectangular as the edges are easier to fit paper to
- scrapbook paper (2-3 sheets)
- Outdoor Mod Podge by Plaid (shown below)
- Sponges to Mod Podge with
- Spiders in desired sizes (I went with small and one big)
- Small picture hanging nails
- Pen or Pencil
- Moving Tape
- Bow or any embellishments desired (A bow is pictured with the supplies but in the end I chose a vintage style sign with just a bit of color. As I mentioned, I love black and white but sometimes you just need color!)
- Ribbon to hang sign with
- Hot glue
- Spray paint
To Make This Project:
1. Using a ruler, measure the two sizes of the sides of the frame. The use the ruler to measure and draw two strips of each size and cut them out. (My horribly chipped nail polish is not part of this tutorial. The remodel has caused certain things to fall by the wayside. LOL)
2. Spray paint frame in flat black and let dry. This will hide any bits of frame that might stick out if the paper strips are not exactly straight. And mine were not.
3. After the frame is dry you can begin mod podging the strips and applying them to their appropriate sides of the frame. Add a thin coat to the backs of the paper and fit to the frame covering it. Only a thin coat or it will soak through the paper and it will rip. I let the ends of my pieces of paper overlap but you can trim them to size if you like.
4. Once the undercoat of Mod Podge is dry, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper around the frame. Let dry and repeat two more times. (You will need to wait 72 hours after your last coat dries before placing the project outdoors to give the Mod Podge time to set.)
5. After your Mod Podge is dry, I took 4 little picture nails and nailed one about an inch from each corner of the frame and stretched my spider web across the nails so it was visible in the middle bit of the frame. I then used the moving tape and secured down the sides of the spiderweb since it was going to be outside with the elements.
6. Next while the frame was on it’s back after I had taped down the spiderweb, I cut 2 approximately 18 inch strips of my ribbon and then hot glued each of them about 2 inches from the side of each frame. I hot glued them at an angle so they could be easily tied into a secure knot to hang the frame from.
7. After I tied the knot securely I trimmed the excess ribbon.
8. Finally I positioned the spiders in the webbing and used a dab of hot glue to secure them since they were going to be outside and hot glued the Trick or Treat sign.
I absolutely loved the way it turned out. I love the subway style of the black and white paper and then the pop of the orange in the ribbon and sign. The spooky vintage paper looked just how I imagined it would be on the frame. (I love it when a plan comes together!)
I’ve had guests and a couple of neighbors ask where I got my door hanger and I was pretty stoked to tell them I made it. Then they asked me to make them one. Maybe when the remodel finishes next week.
And how is the paper holding up to the elements with the Outdoor Mod Podge? Well, we had 3 straight days of Monsoon-like weather. (See my soggy Food Truck Fest post) and other than a little bubble here and there, it has held up beautifully. Which is awesome because I’m kind of in love with my Black and White Halloween.
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Check out more awesome Outdoor Mod Podge projects from my fellow Blue Print Social team members here: