Tina Made an F(ing) Door Hanger

[Note: This is a scheduled post while I’m away in Korea!]

When I first moved into my apartment, my front door didn’t have a letter on or near it indicating which unit it was (CRUCIAL FOR PIZZA DELIVERIES, ya feelin’ me?). So I slapped on a wooden letter F (for unit F, dummies) from Joann’s as a temporary fix. It happened to be white. My door also happens to be white. Well… almost. It’s an ugly trying-real-hard-to-be-white-but-not-quite white. Wait. Am I describing a door right now or a person? I just really confused myself. Moving on.

“Temporary” somehow turned into “permanent,” so for the last few years, whenever I saw the half-camouflaged letter F as I keyed into my apartment, it seemed to scream F-ing Fix this ish already.

Alrite alrite. So demanding you are, ugly door.

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All I did was wrap the wooden letter with jute twine and add a few felt flowers + ribbon. Because as convenient it would be to buy one from Etsy, do you THINK my unemployed semi-employed ass (more on that later) could afford to pay $38?!  I already had all the materials I needed so it was pretty much free… okay not really, but whatever. Winning. If you are fortunate enough to live somewhere that does not require you to have a unit number, then you can make the same project, choosing the first letter of your last name or something. Shrug. I’m giving you options, people.

MATERIALS (from Joann’s) with estimated costs, because I was too damn lazy to look up actual prices, and I’m feeling real crotchety right now:

  • wooden letter (or use cardboard letter): ~$1.00-2.00
  • jute twine: ~$3.00 for a roll/spool
  • tacky glue: ~$2.00 for a bottle
  • felt: ~$0.25/sheet
  • ribbon: ~$4.00/roll, depending on size/material
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

TIP: Use 40-50% off coupons that Joann’s FREQUENTLY offers (per mobile app, emails, mailers) for each item.

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Well. Here’s the original wooden letter. It’s about 5″ in height. Gluing down one end of twine, I wrapped VERTICALLY around the entire letter first, gluing as I went. It gets pretty messy but the glue will dry clear, and you can cut off any crazy fibers of the twine after it dries. I obvi couldn’t wrap the whole thing with a continuous piece due to the way the letter was shaped, but if you’re Lucky and live in apt. unit L or your last name is L (or any other ‘easy’ letter), then congratulations. This project will be even easier for you.

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After I vertically wrapped, I horizontally wrapped over the entire thing. This involves a lot less glue because twine on twine is enough of an ‘adhesive’ to keep it all in place. While I let the whole thing dry, I cut several circles from some scraps of felt I had, and made a few rosettes. I used this tutorial. Each rosette takes about 1 minute to make. You don’t absolutely need a glue gun (you can hand sew the flower or use tacky glue) but it makes things a lot easier. I’m all about things that are easy… minus people. Definitely not people.

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After I made the rosettes, I hot-glued them to the top of the letter. Rosette placement will depend on what your letter looks like. Up to you. Also, I don’t have a picture of this step, but I tied a bow with grosgrain ribbon and hot-glued the two ends to the back of the F.

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Finally, I used a hook meant for hanging picture frames and hammered it into my door. After I hung the letter, I secured the F to my door using some double-sided tape so it won’t budge when the door opens and closes. Above-right picture shows the final product on my door.

If I were to do this project again (read: If I were to move into an equally crappy apt where my generous manager did not include a unit letter/number as part of my apt, which hopefully will never happen, because I would like to move up in life at some point), then I’d probably use a ribbon with more contrast to my door (again, with the half-camouflage– but I just used something I already had). Otherwise, I’m satisfied with how this turned out, especially considering I didn’t have to buy any new materials.

That’s all for today, folks. Peace (the F) out.

Tina Made Bunting

Seriously guys. When I saw this gold polka dot burlap at Joann’s, I just about fainted. How cute is this?!? It was begging to be made into bunting.

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Materials:

  • burlap
  • twine
  • felt
  • fabric
  • hot glue gun
  • tacky glue
  • pinking shears
  • scissors

1) Cut your twine to the length of where you will be hanging your bunting, making sure to leave leeway at each end (if you want loose ends hanging). Make sure your twine isn’t stretched completely taut (unless you want completely horizontal bunting with no curvature, in which case, ignore me).

2) Cut your burlap into flags of the shape of your choice. I obviously chose rectangles– about 5.5″x 4.5″. Cut as many as you need to fill up the length of your twine, leaving a small amount of space between each flag. You can eyeball the spacing; mine was about 5/8″ between each flag.

3) Fold the top edge of each flag over the twine (~1/2 inch of burlap) and hot glue into place. Repeat for each flag. If you don’t want to use hot glue, weaving an embroidery needle + baker’s twine (in place of the thicker twine) through the top of each flag would work as well.

4) Using your pinking shears, cut out a heart from a piece of fabric of your choice. Tacky glue your heart to a piece of felt, then cut along the border of your fabric heart with regular scissors, leaving about 1/2″ border of felt. Glue your felt-fabric heart to the middle of a flag. Repeat for as many flags as you wish.

That’s it! Easy-peasy! I hung my bunting (just 4 flags across with a heart on the second flag) on the top of a small bookshelf.