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Fall Door Decor

At the side of my front door there is a wooden panel that has three framed out sections. I have always thought they looked like picture frames but they didn't have anything in them. Early in the summer I decided to fill those panels with something pretty and decorative.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
I first measured the three areas then went to Home Depot and had them cut some 1/4 " thick masonite to fit within these spaces. I then attached a Command hook in each panel. At the back of each panel I drilled two holes then added a piece of wire to hang the panels by. Once the decorations are added to the front of each panel the wire hook does not show. Each panel was painted with acrylic craft paint so that an area between items I glued on would not be too visible.
The first panels I made were covered in colorful flowers which I made from pistaschio nut shells. I posted a picture of them back in early summer. They looked so pretty and I had so many compliments from my neighbors that I decided then that I would change them with each season. I already have several panels cut - yesterday I decorated 3 for when the snow comes, and after that I will be coming up with a new set for Christmas. While on walks with my dog I collected acorns, pine cones, and the little cone things from cedar and some maple seeds. Then I got out the glue gun and proceeded to glue these items along with some silk flowers and silk fall leaves.
Once everything was glued on I simply went outside and hung them beside my front door on the command hooks. I live in a condo and you are not allowed to put nails or hooks into the exterior so using the command hook is such a perfect solution - should I ever not want to decorate (I doubt that - all I have to do is pull of the hooks and everything is as it was.
Completed fall decor hanging by the door. So yesterday I made three new ones for when the snow falls. In this case I just bought snowflakes from the Christmas section of Dollarama. I painted them pastel colors and painted the masonite three different colors. I first glued the largest snowflakes on then added smaller and smaller ones. I wanted to vary the height of them so with each layer glued them first onto little foam circles of varied height. I bought these little foam things that look like marshmallows at Michaels then cut them with a knife to different heights. I love how they turned out. I have taken the fall ones down because it is Halloween and I didn't want the goblins to take them - I won't put the new snowflake ones up until we have snow. I am already thinking of what to do for Christmas - any ideas welcomed.
Cannot wait for the snow so I can hang these !
Just a close up
View of how I "stacked" the snowflakes.

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  • Wendy
    on Nov 1, 2017

    Wow!! These are just so gorgeous!!

  • Melandeel
    on Nov 1, 2017

    Thank you ! One comment - I find that when using the glue gun on pine cones and acorns after awhile they start to fall off. Masonite used to have a cross hatched rough side - but it is now smooth and shiny on both sides. So when doing the snowflakes I used "construction adhesive" instead as an experiment - hope nothing falls off - fortunately this area is in an alcove and protected from wind, rain and snow.

    • Nblunt
      on Nov 10, 2017

      I found that sanding it to ruff the surface for the glue helps Also I applaud your wonderful talent.

  • Annmarie Lasceski
    Annmarie Lasceski Sebewaing, MI
    on Nov 7, 2017

    that is awesome the Christmas one could stay up till spring or when your ready for Easter lol or valentines too

  • Melandeel
    on Nov 8, 2017

    I am 62 years old and I think this is the first time I have actually been looking forward to the snow so I can put up the snowflake decoration. I think for Christmas I will cover the boards in little Christmas packages with bows and ribbons. Haven't decided if it will be multi coloured or gold/silver. Thanks for you encouragement.

    • Smartpazzler
      Smartpazzler Bellevue, WA
      on Nov 19, 2017

      I like your project and love the non-permanence of it; that leaves the basic idea open for so many possibilities! You could also just wrap each panel in wrapping paper or fabric as a present, as if looking at a box from top view, with the bow on the front and 4 pieces of ribbon (wrapped to the back); I've seen whole doors wrapped this way and our neighbor had a great-looking yard with their evergreen shrubs wrapped like packages with giant red bows.

  • Theduke1234
    on Nov 9, 2017

    A lot of thought, ideas and work you got here. They are great ideas and so seasonal to show your Holiday spirits........thank you!!

    • Sharlie365
      on Nov 9, 2017

      I so wish that this kind of idea would would on my brain door! I, too, live n a condo, so coming up with your idea is amazing. I will be copying your panels. Well done.

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