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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

burlap door hanger {tutorial}



Hey there, pretty little thing.

I love these burlap door hangers. I saw three in my neighborhood on a walk the other day and it inspired me to try my hand at making my own.
So when my friends Erin and Chris moved into their new home, I decided that they would be my guinea pigs!


So tag along for my little trial run...


: :   Materials  : :

burlap 
hot glue/gun
paint
stuffing*
wire {for hanger}
ribbon {optional}


*Pillow stuffing, plastic grocery bags, and tissue paper are all great ideas for the stuffing material. Just think about what the door hanger might be exposed to when you decide what to use.


I started by drawing my design on a large piece of butcher paper. 






Then cut it out. 





Then traced it onto my burlap.
{I taped it down to keep it in place}



 
 I folded two layers of burlap so that I could make one cut and get both the top and bottom pieces at the same time. Make sure you pin the two layers together before you cut them.







I cut out my design with an inch wide border. 





Next, unpin the two layers and paint your design onto the top layer. 

I decided to go with a chevron pattern for mine.







Use your hot glue gun around the edges of the design. 
As you're gluing the borders together, start stuffing it a little bit at a time.






Once I was done glueing and stuffing, I used a floral wire to create a hook in the back of my design. 
I also added this brown ribbon for a little something extra.





I had to snap a few pictures of my own before giving Chris and Erin their house warming gift. 
And I really love how this turned out! I'm definitely going to have to make one for myself!!





There are so many great designs out there with this type of door hanger. 
Here's just a few:


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So many options!
Can't wait to make a few more!

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  2. Love it .........what kind of paint do you use?

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    1. I use a regular acrylic paint! No issues so far. :)

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  3. You do a wonderful job!!! Do you spray any kind of protective on them?

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    1. I didn't. I suppose it would depend on where you were hanging it and what it was exposed to. Let me know if you find something that works for you!

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  4. Suuuuuuuper cute! Silly question- what type of stuffing did you use or could use?

    Thanks! Katie

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    1. Thanks!
      I used regular pillow stuffing for this because I had it on hand. You could really use whatever you want. Tissue paper would probably even work well. It all depends on where you are hanging it and what it could possibly be exposed to.

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  5. Plastic store bags are also good for stuffing. Basically free and kinda recycles!

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  6. Any chance I can find out the name of the paint used on the door? :)

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    1. Sure, I talked about repainting it in this post:
      http://www.livealittlewilderblog.com/2011/06/front-porch-week-door.html

      It's an exterior semi-gloss from Valspar called "dark kettle black".

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  7. what kind of paint are you using on your burlap? did you have to do several coats?

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    1. I use a basic acrylic paint. And yes, I typically do a couple of layers to fill in all the holes the burlap creates. I suppose if you wanted a more rustic look, less paint would be better.

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  8. Did you ever have problem with the paint not sticking to the Burlap? I painted burlap before, not sure the type of paint I used, and it didn't look as pretty as yours. The paint really soaked through the Burlap. It was also red burlap, wonder if color matters.

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    1. I've never had any issues with the paint not sticking. I used acrylic paint here. If you want a thicker look, you'll have to give it a couple of layers of paint. Since burlap is a looser mesh type material, it definitely bleeds through!

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  9. I dip mine in something called Sta-Flo. You can buy it at Walmart in the laundry sections. Comes in a blue bottle makes it very stiff, also it helps with the paint you don;t have to put but 1 coat on there!

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  10. cute!! Do you free hand your letter or do you use stencils/templates?

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    1. I'm normally a stencil/template gal, but this was large enough that I decided free handing it would be easier.

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  11. Hate to ask another question about the paint, but, how did you get such clean lines around the edges and between colors? I actually thought you used paint markers at first. Thanks!

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    1. Well I did outline my design first, but then I just used a smaller brush around the edges.

      I'm also one of those "must color in the lines!!" people though. So maybe its just my neurotic side... :)

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  12. How did you trace the pattern on the burlap? With a pencil? I love this, I am making one right now! I had to use a Sharpie pen because my pencil was not dark enough or something.

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    1. I used a Sharpie too. It can bleed into the paint a little so just keep and eye out!

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  13. what do you think about sewing the two sheets together? think that would work too?

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  14. I did a google search to find out how to make one of these door hangers and found your blog. So happy I did because I am a new follower now. Thanks for the tutorial - I can't wait to make one.

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    1. Yay! Great to have you aboard Danielle!

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  15. Hi,

    Is there a certain kind of burlap? The ones I see have a loose weave to them. Your seems more finished with a tighter weave.

    Thanks!

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    1. Nothing special about this burlap. I believe I purchased this one about Hobby Lobby. I'd say its just a typically woven burlap material. It may be the picture that's throwing you off about how woven it is? Good luck!

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  16. THis is ADORABLE and now I really want to make one! Do you remember what size your finished letter was?

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    1. Hmm, this was a gift to a friend. But I'd ballpark around 18"-20" inches high. Width depends on which initial is actually done.

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  17. I just added your awesome tutorial to a post I did about a burlap door hanger. I wish I had this when I was trying to make mine! Can't wait to try this one out!!

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  18. I've been wanting to make some burlap door hangers, however, it may be a short lived project. I cut out a football shape today, pinned the burlap together to cut out, then begin painting it brown (had purchased an off white)..... didn't have enough paint to paint front and back, got the front and almost all of the back - in reading your directions, looks as tho you unpinned and only painted one side.....I can see white spots through the burlap - so did you paint the back side of yours at all or just the top front? Please advise. Thanks and Happy Crafting!

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    1. I didn't paint the back at all on mine. You could technically see the stuffing through some of the looser woven spots in the back, but I didn't think it was a very big deal. Especially since that side will be up against the door.

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  19. Mod podge works great to coat burlap before painting! It helps fill in the holes and takes less paint. You just have to wait about 24 hrs for it to dry.

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    1. which Mod Podge formula did you use? Outdoor, Matte, etc.?

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  20. That is a great idea...Mod Podge

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  21. Where can I fine a pattern to trace for the chervon?

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  22. I am with Jami, I need a Chevron pattern to trace!!

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  23. Try using chalk for your outline instead of sharpie.

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  24. Oh goodness. Found you via Pinterest. LOVE these. Never seen one before. I'm going to head to Hobby Lobby in a few so I'll be trying this one. :-)

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  25. Making these ad teacher gifts can you give a little more I do about how youanctuly attached the hanger? Did you see it? Hot glue gun? Thanks and lovely. Can't wait to get started. Think I may try the midge lodge too!

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    1. I just tucked the wire through several sections of the burlap, then bent it back up and twisted it around itself. Haven't had any trouble of it yet. Just make sure that you snag enough material that it doesn't pull out. Good luck!

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  26. Just made my first letter with red and white. The white is too bright. Next one I think I'll try antique white. From your pic looks like maybe used antique or a light brown...do you remember?

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  27. It definitely was more of a cream color than a white.

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  28. Is there a spray modge podge to use on the burlap before painting? So,it will seal the holes and keep from doing so many coats of paint. What type??

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    1. I've never sprayed anything on the burlap to seal it. You could try a spray poly sealant of some kind {check for a clear spray near the stains and sealants area} but I'm not 100% of how it would go. Two coats of pain do a pretty great job of sealing any holes though...

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  29. This is awesome!! Gonna definitely make some! I think I will try to zig zag the layers together instead of hot glue...idk...depends on how impatient that day lol Love your blog!

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  30. How do you get the clean finish on the edges ?? not the paint but the burlap itself?

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  31. What kind of wire did you use? Where did you get it?

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