What is a Door Hanger? Learn How to Paint Your Own

Hey guys, if you’ve been around here for a while you probably already know what a door hanger is, but if you’re new here you might not. Often times when I tell people I paint door hangers, I get asked, “What is a door hanger?” A door hanger is a painted, wooden cutout that adds some personality to your front door and porch decor! The best part is you’re able to make them completely customizable. You too can learn to paint your own DIY door hanger even if you’re a beginner!

Where Do I Start?

Maybe this is the first time you are seeing these door hangers and you’re thinking it would be a really fun new craft hobby for you to pick up but you’re not exactly sure where to start or what supplies you need. Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place! I teach women how to paint door hangers every day and I am thrilled to help you get started too!

Anybody can learn to paint a door hanger, the supplies needed to get started are minimum as well. We’ve linked these products online, but you can also find them at your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I’ve included a list to make rounding up those supplies as simple as possible. 

Supplies Kit To Get Started:

  1. Door Hanger Blank
  2. JigsawTemplate if you’d rather cut your own blank.
  3. Paint Brushes
  4. Paints
  5. Egg Carton Palette
  6. Staple Gun and Jute String to hang

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How Much Will it Cost to Paint a Door Hanger?

So, I know what you’re thinking. That’s not a long supply list, but how much will it cost to get started? If you’re just learning to paint a door hanger you can get started for around $30-$45 depending on the types of materials you need to get started. A door hanger blank from our shop is between $25-$30 once shipped. If you decide to cut your own template with a jigsaw you have at home, you can expect to spend $10-$15 for the wood. Paint brushes range between $5 and $10 and you can find paints at Walmart or Hobby Lobby for about $2 each. 

Blank vs. Template - Which One is For Me?

After seeing the supply list above, you might be wondering what the difference is between a blank and a template. The blank is a the wooden door hanger piece that is already cut out and ready to paint. The template allows you to cute and create the blank yourself. It is a printable pattern that you print on your printer at home to use as a guide to cut your own door hanger blanks with a jigsaw. 

If you’re still trying to decide if you want to purchase a blank or cut your own, head to our blog post Blanks and Templates for DIY Door Hangers. If you’re a beginner learning to paint your own door hanger, then cutting your own might be a bit intimidating. I have tons of adorable blanks to choose from in my shop! 

Creating Your Space When Learning to Paint a Door Hanger

Before you begin painting your door hanger, it’s important to set your painting space up so that you conveniently have access to all of you supplies. It’s also nice to prepare your space so that cleanup is a breeze. I recommend using plastic table cloths or laying down garbage bags when you go to paint your door hanger. Be sure to keep a glass of water handy so that you can quickly clean your brushes. This will help your brushes to last much longer! TIP – Keep a pack of baby wipes in your workspace for quick clean-up of spills and smudges!

Brushes for Painting Door Hanger by Southern A-DOOR-nments

Learn to Paint a Door Hanger with This Video Tutorial

You can almost always find me painting on my Facebook page. I have painted a variety of projects including wall signs, wood signs, and DIY porch decor. Take a peek at this video tutorial I made painting a Pumpkin Spice Latte! Be sure to check out my Facebook page for other tutorials as well. This is a great opportunity for you to find a design you like and learn how to paint a door hanger along with me. 

How Else Can These Designs Be Used?

While door hangers are the perfect addition to front doors, classroom doors, baby rooms at the hospital, and even office doors at work, there are a variety of ways that the blanks can be used. These door hanger blanks can be cut in smaller sizes, creating the cutest accessories for the wreath on your door or front porch welcome sign. Our blanks can even be sized down to make ornaments for Christmas or wall decor for your home. What’s better than a custom, hand painted ornament to hang on your Christmas tree? Or a wall sign that has been painted with love for your home? Once you learn to paint a door hanger, you can use the blanks and templates to cut and paint a variety of other home decoration options. 

Nursery Door Hanger by Souther Adoornments
How to Paint a Door Hanger - Wreath Attachments

Tips to Make Learning to Paint a Door Hanger Easier

If you don’t consider yourself to be a crafty person, learning to paint a door hanger might be intimidating at first. I have some really great videos on my Facebook and Instagram pages filled with tips and techniques to have you painting like a pro. 

Stencils are also a great way to build confidence with patterns or letters while painting. I have a variety of stencils available here in my shop that would be great for patterns or even lettering on a door hanger. I also have this really great video that will help you learn to paint a door hanger background by hand. 

Flower Stencils on Painted Door Hanger by Southern ADOORnments

More Resources for the Beginner Painter

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just head over to my Top Ten Tips for Painting Door Hangers for Beginners. At first, painting was difficult for me too – trying to figure out how to paint and what designs or techniques I wanted to use. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the colors and designs though, because that’s when you can across some of your favorite combinations are.

If you want to learn more about painting a door hanger, be sure to checkout our challenge going on now! You can sign up for our challenge and learn: how to use a template, how to cut your own door hanger, how to add lettering and shading, and how to create patterns on your door hanger. It’s always a blast when we can paint and learn together, sign up for the challenge now  and join in on the fun by visiting us at southernadoornmentsdecor.com.

Be sure to check out our FAQ page as well for any questions you might have about wood types, how to hang your door hanger, and so much more!

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Learn How to Paint a DIY Painted Door Hanger for Beginners by Southern A-DOOR-nments

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