Mother Makes {DIY Door Decor from Screens}

When on our Tuesday shopping spree, Mother and I fell in love with the door decor at Matty’s ($45) and set out yesterday to make our own!
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We made three – for both of us and Sister – and are beyond thrilled with how they turned out!!  (Note, this was before we touched up paint over the staples.)

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They are made of screening material and should be very durable in the elements.  It was certainly a trial-and-error effort, but here’s the gist of how we did it.

You’ll need:
– Roll of screening material – use the one pictured below – we learned the hard way
– scissors
– latex paint and brushes
– stapler
– ring clip or pipe cleaner for hanging

Here’s how:
1. Use chalk to draw out your pattern.  You will need two pieces for each finished piece.  One should be about an inch larger all the way around – that will be the top piece and allow for it to puff up a little once assembled.

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2. Cut out your two pieces and paint front and back of each piece.

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3. Add decorative accents to top piece (larger one) once the base color is dry.

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4. Lay the two pieces on top of each other.  You will staple together where the edges of both pieces meet – this will allow the top piece to puff up a little.  Staple once at the top, once at the bottom and then once on each side to start.  Then fill in staples in this same manner until it is fully connected.
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5. Cut two small slits near the top of the back of the bottom screen and insert your ring clip for hanging.

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6. Touch up the staples with the base paint color.

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7. Admire your handy work!! (This was before we touched up the paint on the staples – we couldn’t wait to see what it would look like!)

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We’ve already started on our Easter screens!!!


13 thoughts on “Mother Makes {DIY Door Decor from Screens}

  1. You can add extra fluff to the middle by stuffing the inside with plastic grocery bags. It "puffs" the shape and it is a great way to reuse all those extra bags! Very cute- I just finished a cross for Easter.

  2. I have two of the original ones from Seasonal Screenings. Though I would never attempt this "crafty" project on my own, they came out darling. By the way, did you ever receive my birthday gift to you? I never heard. xo

  3. I am thinking of doing some with burlap, using the plastic bags to puff them a bit. Yours are so cute!! Any suggestions for a spring or summer door decoration along these lines? BTW…saw a cute GT football that I plan to make for fall!

  4. I am so glad I follow your blog! We are heading to Edisto Beach SC the end of the month and plan to go to Savannah for a day. Now I know what shops to look for. Thank you!

  5. Arlene – I've seen those footballs – I want to make one for GT too!! As far as spring, you could do a big daisy or flower. I'm going to do a bunny for Easter and then probably just go back to my basket of french tulips until July 4th! xo

  6. Can you tell me how you got your paint to fill so nicely? I have or am trying to make a flower and struggling with getting the paint to fill all the holes.

    1. We really just used a brush. The holes are not all filled in, but you really can’t tell that from a few feet away!

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