WELL HELLO THERE! HAVE FUN CREATING THIS EASY DIY WREATH ALTERNATIVE DESIGNED TO WELCOME ALL THOSE WHO COME THROUGH YOUR FRONT DOOR USING CHALK COUTURE!
Once again, Spring is upon us! If you’re anything like me, you might be getting a little tired of the same old decorating. So this year, why not change up your front door decor with an easy wreath alternative!
Using Chalk Couture is a wonderfully simple way to add a fresh take on old stand-bys! In this project, I’m using all Chalk Couture products to create an oversized door tag for my front entry. And I have to say, it might be one of my favourite projects!
What is Chalk Couture?
Before we get too far into the project, let’s take a quick minute to talk about Chalk Couture.
**NOTE: I am an Independent Designer with Chalk Couture. Should you choose to purchase any products through the links that I provide in this post, I will earn a commission. This is at no extra cost to you and the earnings help me to continue to bring fun projects like this Door Tag to life!
Alright, we’ve got the legalese out of the way. So what is Chalk Couture?
According to the website, Chalk Couture is described as “Your one-stop shop for easy, high-end DIY home decor!” And I can tell you, I believe this wholeheartedly! The main reason I chose to become a designer, rather than a customer, was so that I could buy more for less! The options feel limitless when you consider all the ways that you can use Chalk Couture products!
I have several videos on my YouTube channel featuring quick and easy projects. I’ve also written several posts about using it. You’ll want to read How to Get Started with Chalk Couture for some of the basics!
Basically, in a nutshell, Chalk Couture is a system of transfers and pastes that can be used to create beautiful DIY projects! You can see some amazing creations on the Chalk Couture YouTube Channel as well.
Alright, it’s time to move on to the project!
An Easy Wreath Alternative
Please don’t get me wrong – there are absolutely GORGEOUS wreaths out there for all occasions. But sometimes, you just want something different! I was ready for a change and when I spotted this Door Tag, I knew I had to have it! When combined with the Hello There transfer, magic happened. As you can see from the link, I took my inspiration from the Chalk Couture Design Team and recreated their vision. Because why mess with perfection?!
You can watch my video here to see how easily this project comes together!
As you can see, this is quite a simple decor piece to complete. But the layering and the mismatched fonts add a wonderfully rustic charm. Perhaps my favourite thing is that if you make little mistakes, IT’S OKAY! After all, it’s a handmade project.
To make it easy for you, I’ve created a cart that is filled with all the Chalk Couture products that I used in making this door tag. Just click THIS CART LINK and you’ll be taken right to my site! This shopping cart can be edited – you can take out anything you don’t need or add in anything else you might want! One item that is NOT included in this cart is Surface Wax. The reason it is not in your cart is that it is currently out of stock. We do recommend using Surface Wax on any project that is being done on a porous surface, like wood or paper. That step isn’t included in the video, but it should be done prior to starting with your transfers.
Here are the steps for making your Door Tag, which you can print out and follow along!
CHALK COUTURE PRODUCTS
- Door Tag
- Hello There Transfer
- Ocean Mist Paste
- Black Velvet Paste
- Small Squeege
- Fuzzing Cloth
- Quick Dry Tool
- Rope, ribbon or twine
- Silk Flower
- Start by applying a thin layer of Surface Wax to the Door Tag. Surface Wax should always be used on porous hard surfaces like wood. A quick search of YouTube can show you how best to apply.
- Prepare the Hello There transfer by cutting out the individual words. Any transfers that are designed to be cut will have clear lines on which to make the cuts.
- Always use the fuzzing cloth on the back of the transfer before placing it on your surface. This allows for easier removal once you have applied your paste.
- Place the first word, either as I have done in the video, or in any layout you choose.
- Spread a layer of paste onto the transfer, making sure to fill in all of the design. Applying paste has a slight learning curve. You don't want too much, but you want to be sure you've covered the design. Always start will less since you can add more!
- Peel back the transfer once you have applied the paste. Don't let the paste and transfer dry on the surface! Remove the transfer while the paste is still wet.
- Be sure to clean each transfer in between steps. You can learn about cleaning your transfers HERE.
- Allow time for each layer to dry completely before putting the next one on, especially if they overlap. You can use the Chalk Couture Quick Dry Tool, a blow dryer or just let it air dry.
- Continue to layer the words until you have achieved the look you want.
Determine what type of embellishment, if any, you want on your door tag. I chose to use a simple cord with a silk flower. The following steps will set out how I created the look in the video.
- Cut a length of cord that is roughly the same length as the door tag.
- Fold the cord in half and tie a knot about ⅓ of the way up from the bottom.
- Slide the folded end through the hole at the top of the door tag, making sure that the knot is laying as flat as possible on the front.
- Attach the flower to the rope using any method you like - glue, hot glue gun or even a pin if you want to reuse the flower. Make sure that if you are using glue you don't adhere the cord to the tag. This way, you can remove the cord and make use of the other side of the door tag for a different seasonal look!
- Hang your Door Tag anywhere you like and admire your work!
Be sure that if you are hanging this Door Tag outside, it is protected from the elements! If it gets wet, the paste will run and ruin your decor and you don't want that! Sun will also take its toll on this project.
If you plan to put a design on both sides of the Door Tag, which I HIGHLY recommend, be sure that the design on the first side is completely dry! You don't want to create a beautiful design you love and then smudge it by flipping it upside down to work on the back.
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And there you have it! An easy wreath alternative that can be made for multiple seasons and stored very easily!
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