Snowman Door Hanger

For The Year of the Snowman 2013 my mother-in-law and I made burlap snowman door hangers for the girls in the family. We found an example on Pinterest, but it led only to a photograph.

Luckily my mother-in-law is a genius when it comes to crafts! I have created for you a simple tutorial.

How-to make a Burlap Snowman Door Hanger

Start first with a template of your snowman (or whatever else you want to create!) and trace it onto folded burlap. Pin the two piece of burlap together.

Burlap Snowman Door Hanger Tutorial Burlap Snowman Door Hanger Tutorial

Using a zig-zag stitch follow the outline of the snowman. (We used grey thread so it would show up in these photos. Make sure to use a thread that will easily be covered up with whatever paint you use.) At the bottom of the door hanger leave a 3″ gap, like you do with pillowcases.

Burlap Snowman Door Hanger Tutorial

Using pinking shears, cut just outside the seam. Lay out your door hanger on a trash bag or newspaper. It’s time to paint!

Burlap Snowman Door Hanger Tutorial

With the help from my father-in-law, holes were created at the top of the door hanger. A straw, cut to the width of the space between the holes was used to keep the door hanger sturdy. Thread your string/twine/jute through the holes and straw.

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Stuff your door hanger with paper or plastic bags.

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Using a thread to blend in with the paint, zig-zag stitch the door hanger closed. Garnish with a store bought accessory!

Burlap Snowman Door Hanger Tutorial

Happy Halloween

I love decorating for the holidays, and Halloween is no exception. Pinterest has fueled my decorating passion and this year I spent a lot of time with my hand in the scissors.

Last year was my first Pinterest Halloween and I did a Mummy front door. It was a great hit so I did it again! The original creators of the Mummy Door used white streamers. Living in a very humid climate I opted to use white ribbon. Yes, it’s more expensive, but it’s reusable year-to-year! I used a solid white and had a little bit of see-thru white ribbon to put over the bottom layer in diagonals. I secured the ribbon with double sided tape on the threshold sides of the door. I gave the mummy a sunken-eye look by excluding whites – he’s all pupil! I also decided to leave ribbon hanging at the door knob to give it that unraveling texture.

Mummy Door

I put spider webs with spider rings in the windows next to the front door – making the Mummy creepier rather than cute!

I’ve always used orange Christmas lights in my windows but this year I added even more decoration to the window panes. Silhouettes! I purchased a Martha Stewart window cling for the upstairs window (it claims to be reusable) and cut my own figures for the porch window. I printed templates from the internet, cut them, traced them onto black poster board, and cut that. Double stick tape secured them to the glass.

Halloween Windows

Halloween Windows

For the spider web I followed this tutorial.

I also brought the Halloween decor outside with 4 black foam bats hanging from the porch eaves. I printed out a template, cut it, traced it onto the black foam, and cut that. I then used a hole punch at the top of each bat’s head. Fishing line gives the bats their flying through the air illusion.