How to Make a Welcome Sign for your Door

Hi everyone! I thought I would share an idea for a welcome sign for your door. I made this a few years ago and still use it. So, this is a little revisit project.

I went through all my thrifty loot that I had recently gotten and decided to use this old Home Interiors picture from 1981 (paid $1.00 for it). A mighty fine year, the year I graduated! Oooh, that hurts to think of how many years ago that was!!




Yup, the one with the fun but plastic frame. I told you that I bought it for a redo project. Well, that is what I did.

I started by cleaning the frame. Then taking the picture out. The picture was copied onto the backing of the frame. So there was just a frame, glass and picture. I painted the frame white. I also painted the picture. I didn't need for it to be completely perfect and covered, I just needed it as a blank background.



I did a couple coats of white spray paint. A kind of cool surprise was the plastic frame mimicked a wood grain so, that showed through when it was painted. I really like the effect it gave.

Once everything was dry, I grabbed a bandanna that I had gotten on sale (ironed it) and covered the picture with it.





Make sure you pull the fabric tight. You don't want wrinkles. Once it was in place, I put the glass back in and screwed the whole thing back to the frame. Another nice thing about this old picture was that everything screwed in.



Then trim away the excess fabric.



I bought little wood letters to spell out the word "Welcome" and painted them white. I then glued them to the glass.

Knowing that this would end up bumping on the door every time it opened, I took and old t-shirt that I was going to cut up for rags and cut some pieces off and glued them to the back so it would "soften" the banging.

Then a little red, white and blue ribbon to hang it. I glued the ribbon onto the white wreath hanger. Oops, you can see the "glue string". And I thought I got all the dirt off the door. Arghh!! They are putting in a bike path in the wildlife reserve across the street. So, we are dealing with everything being covered in dirt theses days! I do need to get a bigger ribbon to make a larger bow.






I really love the way it turned out and I love the fact that I can change the background design to fit whatever holiday or look I want. Just unscrew the back and pop in a different bandanna, piece of fabric, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper...you name it! How cute would this be if your were having a birthday party and slipped in a bright colored happy birthday piece of wrapping paper? Lots of fun options!!


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17 comments :

  1. I am pretty sure that after I pin this, I will be making plans to copy it! Thanks for the inspiration Diann!

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  2. Great idea! And you graduated in 1981????? Just a baby still! LOL!
    Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  3. Fun idea! Thanks for sharing! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  4. Such a great idea to change the backing! I do love the flag motif though...

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  5. This is such a great idea! I need to pin this so I will remember to do it!

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  6. Nice sign. perfect for the season.

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  7. This is really cute, love it!

    Cynthia

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  8. Very cute idea! Smart to put padding on the back!

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  9. What a great idea...love it, Diann.

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  10. This is so cute. I would never think of this in a million years!

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  11. I love this Diann... and I have some frames that I don't have any use for.. Well I do now. This would make a great housewarming gift. Pinning it.

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  12. This is super cute! I would have never thought to put a picture frame on the front door! Good job!

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  13. So cute! I may have to try this for the upcoming holiday! Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. Holy cow. What a transformation. It is unrecognizable as the same frame!

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  15. Love it! Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Maria

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  16. I really love this idea - the space between our front door and the screen is slightly too small for a traditional wreath but frames are very thin :D

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  17. Wonderful idea. I like the dimensional look with the letters on the outside and raised, not just painted. Well done Diann.

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