Are you looking for an EASY afternoon craft? This cheap DIY front door initial is exactly the project you need to start. It’s perfect for all seasons and only $10!
Ok- I usually post things on Saturday, but I decided to wait until today so I could show you this great decoration I made to hang on my front door.
I have been walking around the neighborhood a lot and saw these great initials for the door so I got home and started looking on Etsy. They were around $25 or so. I didn’t think that was that bad. After you add shipping of $10 to $12, I decided that it was to expensive and decided not to buy it. I figured I could make my own for much cheaper.
I have been doing tons of stuff around the house and painting like crazy so I’m in the creative mode.
Cheap DIY Front Door Initial
I went to Hobby Lobby and bought my materials.
- wooden initial- $2.44 (It was on sale for 30% off)
- ribbon- $2.30 (I used a 40% coupon I found online while I was waiting to check out.)
- string (Jute- 300 feet)- $2.99 a roll ( I actually bought 2 because I wasn’t sure how many I would need. I ended up using 1 and had some left over. I am taking the second roll back.) You can get it at Amazon here for a little more money.
That’s a total of $7.73, then add some tax. I also used my hot glue gun and the glue sticks that I already had.
I started out making a line with the glue and laying the string on to hold it in place. Then I just started wrapping. I stopped every once and awhile to lay some more glue down to keep the string straight. You have to wrap it tightly.
I went back at the end and added a string to cover up the top and bottom of the letter to make it have more of a finished look. This whole process took around 30 minutes, so not very long at all.
I would have to say that the bow is the hardest part. You start by getting a long piece. It depends on the size bow you are wanting. See picture below. You’ll need to lay it out like this. This part will be the 1st 2 loops of your bow.
Next, you’ll get a smaller piece. Make a circle with it and then press it down on top of the first loops. This will be the second and third loops of your bow.
Scrunch it up in the middle and use a piece of the sting to hold it tight. You won’t see the string so it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Next you get a even small piece of your ribbon and loop it around the middle to cover the string. I folded mine it half to make it smaller. I hot glued it down to keep it secure.
For the last part, I hot glued the bow to the initial. I flipped the bow over and put a bunch of glue all over the ribbon to hold it in place. Depending on the length you want is where you will glue it. I played with mine a little bit to see how long I wanted it to hang on my door. I trimmed off my edges so you couldn’t see them from the front.
If you notice on this last picture I had to make a small circle to hang on my wreath hanger using the ribbon. I hot glued it to the back of the bow. I did this so it would hang on the hanger I had. You may or may not need to do this. I think I have a pretty standard hanger though and it just makes it so you can see the bow. If you don’t add the loop the bow would be covered up by part of the wreath hanger.
This was such an easy project and it turned out much better than I expected. It even looks good close up! These would make great Christmas presents for teachers or even your mom!