Most of us do not make noticeable changes to our home’s exterior appearance many times throughout the year. Sure, in the winter months we add Christmas lights, garland and a maybe a few unique touches here and there. Then in the spring, we clean out the flowerbed and plant some colorful bulbs. But beyond that, there really is not much else we can do to add variety to our home’s exterior… Or is there?
One of the easiest and most fun ways to add your personality to the outside of your home is by decorating your front door. We have compiled a list of three styles of front door hangings that will let the world know, “Someone crafty lives here!”
The classic front door piece, right? It sounds traditional, however there are numerous styles and sizes available. You can buy a pre-made wreath in any superstore, but the real fun and personalization comes when you make the wreath yourself.
First, select your base. Your main choices are Styrofoam, wire, and grapevine. Styrofoam is best for keeping a simple design. We recommend purchasing wide ribbon or burlap and wrapping the Styrofoam until completely covered. Then, attach a bow, greenery or other accessories to fit the occasion. For example, if you are visiting someone who recently had a baby, you could attach a stuffed animal and wood blocks to customize the wreath.
Wire bases are mostly used for deco mesh wreaths. Deco mesh is a wide, sturdy ribbon that can be wrapped throughout the wire frame to create a large volume design. Deco mesh comes in a variety of colors, so choose colors that contrast to your front door for a design “pop!” This technique normally takes some practice, so one option is checking with your craft store to see if they offer classes.
Grapevine bases are the easiest to work with, because they already look pretty, even without added decorations. This makes a great start for taking your first stab at a hand-made wreath! They also have natural gaps between vines, so it’s easy to insert greenery, flower stems, ribbon, and other accessories without added adhesives. You can decide for yourself if you want to add decorations all the way around the wreath base, or if you want to keep it simple and just focus on a portion. For example, loop a ribbon through the top of the wreath and tie a bow. Using that as the “12 o’clock” spot on the wreath, attach greenery and flowers in between the 4-5 o’clock space on the wreath. Simple as that, the wreath is ready for hanging!
Trust us on this one. Go to your local craft store and look for the section of the store with unfinished wood pieces. There are normally a variety of sizes of alphabet pieces, and you will want to select a piece at least 12-18” in height. Pick up some ribbon, burlap, or thin rope and some paint while you are there, then go home and get creative! We love the chevron pattern painted on this wooden B!
Ever wonder what to do with old picture frames that are outdated or missing glass? We have a super easy craft that will give them a new purpose. All this one takes is an empty photo frame - 8x10 or larger, paint, ribbon, and accessories. Paint the frame (if desired), use a hot glue gun to apply accessories, and then loop the ribbon through the top. Voila! - Instant front door décor that is unique and custom to match your home and your style! PS, this makes a great gift for someone who is hard to shop for! The colors can be customized for any season or trend. Check out the many options for using a frame on your front door.
Whatever the occasion or season, we hope these ideas will help you feel inspired to add a little personality to your front door.