USA Patriotic Door Hanging

Like many of you, I like to display some sort of seasonal wreath or decoration on my front door. I have one for almost every season with the exception of summer. I used to have a sunflower wreath but that thing died long ago. So I decided to utilize this week's Grungy Monday Challenge #10 over at the L3 Studio as my starting point to make a patriotic door hanging. Grungy Monday celebrates all sorts of Tim Holtz products and techniques.

The challenge this week was wide open: Use distress inks. Anyway we like, in any fashion we choose.

My project starts with some craft products...

A basic wood plaque from the local craft store, some thick chipboard letters, a vintage-style bell, and several Tim Holtz products. Although I show this stamp set in the photo (Curious Possibility), I actually ended up using School Desk instead. (You'll see in a minute.)

Here's what I came up with... 

Now I'll fly through the steps...

Gesso the board.

Add Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper.

Sand the edges HARD and the overhanging paper will pull off easily.

Paint the edges with a Barn Red acrylic paint, then ink distress with Walnut Stain over the whole piece. Follow up with a coat of Studio Multi-Medium matte.

Cover the letters with Tissue Tape on the outside edges (a bit tedious) and then cover the fronts of the letters with paper from Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash. Stamp desired images over the tops. Ink the tissue taped sides with alcohol inks and ink distress overall with Walnut Stain. Finish off the Studio Multi-Medium matte as well.

Add all the great Tim Holtz Idea-ology doodads with some good strong adhesive. I like to use E6000. That stuff is cement, in my opinion.

I tea-dyed a striped ribbon and added that old-looking bell, and now it's complete. I love how it looks on my front door. Now if I can just keep my Tim Holtz-loving-customers and neighbors from "lifting it" when I'm not looking!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.


  1. Wow! This is really cool. I like all the different layers and dimension. It has such a nostalgic feel!

  2. Fabulous girl!!! this is so cool, I want to come play at your home!!!

  3. Ummm...can I have your address so I can "lift" this and blame it on your neighbors?

    WOW - love this project! Guess I'll have to make a pit stop at the craft store today!


  4. Wow, Annette, this is absolutely stunning! I've been trying to think of a project with all that cool wood at Joann' I know I should make a door hanging!

  5. Annette, this is positively fabulous! What a unique idea and your colors are so distressing yet still patriotic... I love it!

  6. So nice I may have to make something similar. I love your blog and that you include all kinds of projects. I like all your distressed projects using TH stuff the best. CTMH stuff is a close 2nd. Glad you share!!!

  7. WOW! I love the effect of stamping on your letters!

  8. Super Duper Fantabulous! You rocked it!!!

  9. This turned out incredible. Oh I hope this could be a future "project". So very patriotic...better keep an eye on that, like you suggested.

  10. Just fabulous - love your design, these deep tones and the finishing is wonderful - a great creation!
    Sarah at 46

  11. Love it!! You're lucky I don't live in your neighborhood!!

  12. Annette, this is a fabulous door decoration, and a really clever use of Distress Ink and those cool seasonal papers! I love how you added the Idea-ology pieces-- the give the piece such power! Wonderful job for GM10!

  13. Yeah, if you find it missing, don't check my door! ;) FAB JOB!!!


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