Even though the weather is still warm in my neck of the woods and reminiscent of summer, the calendar says otherwise. So like it or not, I had to change up my front door decor and bring on the pumpkins. As usual, I did not want to spend a lot of money or time on my DIY, but I did want something elegant and unique.
I really liked the way my garden flag door hanger turned out this spring, so I decided to skip the traditional wreath and stick with another flag. This time I joined it with an old wooden hanger to welcome the season and my guests.
Flags are relatively inexpensive and readily available all year long, in a variety of patterns for each season and holiday. So you can get creative anytime of the year. I grabbed this one the other day when I went shopping online with my gift card winnings, but I have found them at home decor stores and yesterday, I even spotted them at the grocery store.
I am also a big fan of crafting with wooden hangers. They too are readily available and cheap. I picked up this group of pretties for a buck at my local thrift store...which continues to make a liar out of me.
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Now, since I wasn't using a hanger with clips for this project, I had to gently pry the bar away from the hanger, in order to slip the flag on it. The bars are generally secured by small metal pins. It didn't take much pressure for me to loosen the pin.
I used my fingers and applied pressure to pull the pieces apart. I was careful not to pinch myself, as the pin was very sharp.
Once it was open, I was able to slip the flag on. I lined the pin back up with the original hole and pushed the two pieces together to reattach the bar to the hanger.
The whole process took me less than five minutes.
Of course, no front door decor is complete without a bow. So I whipped one up. I am the worst at making bows, so I use this bow maker. It makes me look like a pro.
To add a bit of rustic charm, I wrapped the center of the bow with a piece of twine and let it hang down the side of the hanger.
It looks great on my front door and since it's a flag and relatively flat, it doesn't get crushed by the glass storm door.
It also looks fabulous on my front stoop, taking center stage with all of its glorious seasonal color. I hung it on a wreath stand (like this one) to create a little vignette.
Super easy, super inexpensive, super elegant.
And now, I'm ready for fall.
Well, not really, but at least it looks like I am.
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