With the changing of the season, I decided it was time for something new and a little festive to hang on my door and instead of a wreath, I thought it would be cute to do something a little more personalized. This DIY fall themed monogram door decor was super simple to make and so adorable. Most of the supplies used were purchased at Hobby Lobby but you can find them at any craft store.
DIY Fall Monogram Door Decor
- Wooden Letter (the letter I chose was a wood composite, which is much lighter)
- Paint (we mixed black & white to make a light grey but the color is up to you)
- Light grit sandpaper
- Twine or flower wire
- Fall decorations
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
- Needle nose pliers
Start by mixing your paint color. If you are using a premixed color you don’t have to worry about this step. If you are mixing a grey you will want to make it a bit lighter than you think, as acrylic paint dries darker. Also, be sure to mix enough to get complete coverage the first time. It is a BIG pain to try to color match once you’ve run out.
Paint the whole front and sides of the letter in one pass. If you are using composite wood, be careful not to over soak the wood, as this can cause swelling and splitting along the edges. When you are done with your coat of paint you can put aluminum foil or plastic wrap over the plate to keep your paint from drying out in case you need to do any touch-ups later. A good application technique is to apply the paint along the length with a very full brush and then use light brush strokes to distribute the paint evenly.
Once it is dry take a light grit sand paper and smooth the paint strokes down. If you want a bit of a country chic look, sand a little rougher around the edges. You can lift most of the color back off of the corners of the wood and it will look really cute.
While you are sanding, let your hot glue gun heat up and start thinking about how you want your decorations placed on your letter. We used bendable decorations, so we wrapped the stem around the back and hot glued it. However you place it, play with some pieces laying on top and others wrapping behind the letter. This will add depth to your design. We decided to have the flower laying on top of the letter, so we used scissors to cut the stem off, then hot glued it over the branches. Use PLENTY of glue, especially for the heavier items. Finally, you can tie twine (or hot glue to the back if your letter requires that) or use a piece of garden wire, again, glued to the back to create a hanger for your decor.
Here is the finished product. I am so pleased with how it turned out.
You can use it for door decor or use it on a gallery wall. I decided I liked it too much to almost never see it so I decided to hang it inside and I thought it looked perfect with a couple family photos and the fall hand print tree art that Prestyn made.
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