DIY Door Hanger

by | May 8, 2022

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The making of this adorable DIY door hanger is more than just EASY. It also holds several really good tips for creating on any surface.

DIY floral boho door hanger design with plum crazy and the gulf blend and a striped border. Hello is written in decorative text by the whimsical artist Tracey's Fancy.
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Tip 1. Creating checks/stripes in a circle

(you’re welcome…..it requires a little bit of planning)

Tip 2. Blending two paint colors to create a dreamy glow.

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This $7.00 precut circle from Walmart was already painted black. I created a border using painter’s tape and white chalk and a kitchen bowl! Choose a bowl to trace with chalk that will leave you an inch or so as a border.

Tracey's Fancy DIY door hanger before picture
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Tracey's Fancy using a bowl and a piece of chalk to outline the border of her diy door hanger
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Circle drawn by Tracey's Fancy on a black door hanger with chalk
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Next, tape off your checks for the border using this process:

Using the idea of a clock face….tape at 12/3/6/9. This creates 4 equal spaces. You decide if you want to add 2,3, or even four more pieces of tape to each section. Just be sure what you do to one section, that you do the same to ALL four sections.  This keeps your checks in an “even” number which will ensure you will have a black and white check next to each other when you make around the circle!!!

Tracey's Fancy creating a pattern with painter's tape on a DIY door hanger.
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Tracey's Fancy creating a pattern with painter's tape on a DIY door hanger.
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Genius, right?! Trust me, I learned the hard way! 

Use a clear topcoat to paint the edges of each piece of tape. This is referred to as burnishing and ensures you will have nice crisp lines in the end!

Tracey's Fancy painting clear coat top satin on her DIY door hanger
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Tracey's Fancy painting clear coat top satin on her DIY door hanger
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Once it’s dry, paint each open space with your second color of choice.

Mine is Fluff! (my favorite white by Dixie Belle Paint)

Tracey's Fancy holding up a container of Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint in fluff as she's about to apply it on her DIY door hanger
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Tracey's Fancy creating a pattern with painter's tape and Dixie Belle Paint on a DIY door hanger.
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Now for that Glowy blend!

Once dry, fill in the center of the circle with your next color choice of paint.

I chose Plum Crazy Be sure to leave just enough in the very center to add your “glow” color.  

Tracey's Fancy holding a container of plum crazy that she is about to use to paint the background of her DIY door hanger
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Traceys' Fancy painting with plum crazy the background of a DIY door hanger
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Next….fill the center “glow” color.

I used the Gulf.

Tracey's Fancy holding up a jar of the Gulf chalk mineral paint that she is about to use to create a blended background for her DIY door hanger
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The gulf and plum crazy next to one another about to be blended by Tracey's Fancy for the background of her door hanger
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Tracey's Fancy applying chalk mineral paint to her DIY door hanger with a best dang wax brush
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If your Plum Crazy has dried, no worries! Reactivate it by just brushing a small amount of Plum Crazy again and then quickly begin the blending process.

The magic tool for this step is the Best Dang Wax Brush!

When you use this brush gently moving over the line where the two colors meet, it creates this gorgeous, cloudy blend! It brings the two colors together in a velvety blur that is SO stunning!

It works to soften the line between any two colors, but when you use it with a “glowy” color like The Gulf, it will make you feel like a pro!

If you don’t have this brush, I highly suggest that you invest in one!

Tracey's Fancy blending the Gulf and Plum Crazy chalk mineral Dixie Belle Paint on her DIY door hanger with a best dang wax brush
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Tracey's Fancy blend of plum crazy and the gulf chalk mineral paint as well as a striped, whimsical background as the backdrop of her diy door hanger
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After your paint is dry, you can apply your transfers of choice. 

I chose to combine the Flower Child and the Cotton & Eucalyptus transfers to create a boho style swag across the top of the circle. 

Tracey's Fancy applying a design transfer to her DIY door hanger
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Tracey's Fancy DIY door hanger with cotton & eucalyptus and flower design transfers
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Tracey's Fancy applying a design transfer to her DIY door hanger
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I love using more than one transfer to add variety to my designs! You will want to brush on a light coat of Top Coat in Flat or Satin directly over your transfer to protect it.

Time to get creative with lettering!

This next part is totally up to you!

I chose to handwrite the word HELLO with chalk and fill it in with white paint using a detail brush.

If you’d like to learn more about hand lettering I have a pre-recorded tutorial that teaches the basics!

Maybe you don’t want to hand letter and would prefer to use a Cricut machine or some sort of vinyl lettering. Or maybe you’d prefer to fill the empty space in with more floral transfers and not have any words at all!  It’s up to YOU!

Tracey's Fancy drawing the word Hello with chalk on her DIY door hanger.
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Tracey's Fancy DIY door hanger with boho design transfers, a striped, whimsical border, and the outline in chalk of the word Hello which she will be painting with Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint
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Tracey's Fancy painting the word hello with Fluff chalk mineral paint on her whimsical boho DIY door hanger
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Once this was fully dry I gave it a nice coat of Glitterblast which is like fairy dust in a can!  It adds the sweetest most subtle touch of sparkle!

And TADA!!!

The cutest little door hanger that cost very little to make and can be completed in just over an hour!!!

DIY floral boho door hanger design with plum crazy and the gulf blend and a striped border. Hello is written in decorative text by the whimsical artist Tracey's Fancy.
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I hope this opened some DOORS for you! What will yours say?

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