Learn how to make a custom round wooden door hanger using your Cricut cutting machine and a round piece of wood.
My nephew got married this past fall. And although I wasn’t able to attend his wedding due to being in the middle of a pandemic, I did still want to make a gift for him and his lovely bride. So, I decided to make them a custom round wooden door hanger that I customized with their lasts name and established date.
I used Cricut Design Space to design the door hanger and my Cricut Maker to cut out the design (you can also use the vinyl as a stencil). The really nice thing about this project is that it can be customized to fit your needs. You can also use your Cricut Joy or Explore, or your favorite cutting machine.
How to Make a Round Wooden Door Hanger with Your Cricut
See exactly how to make a round wooden door hanger in my video tutorial on YouTube (or keep scrolling if you prefer a printable step-by-step photo tutorial). Below is a sneak peak video. For the full video tutorial, please go to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel. You’ll also find a video on How to Use & Customize Shared Project Files in Design Space.
Supplies Needed for Round Wooden Door Hanger
I used an 18″ round pine board that I purchased from The Home Depot. My round wood board measured 18″, but they come in a variety of sizes. So, be sure to pick the size you want for your project. I also used white latex paint and chalkboard paint. For the paint, you’ll want a couple of foam rollers and the paint tray comes in really handy, too. You’ll also need:
- permanent vinyl
- transfer tape
- Round Wooden Door Hanger Cricut Project File (Opens in Design Space. In fact, for best results, open Design Space first.)
I used vinyl on this sign, but you can also use the vinyl as a stencil. If you want to use it as a stencil, you’ll also need paint (white paint) for your lettering. To paint a nice straight line with the chalkboard paint, you’ll want to use painter’s tape. Painter’s tape helps you to get those nice sharp straight edges.
And, of course, you need some way to hang your round wooden door hanger. I used two D-ring picture hangers and attached some contrast ribbon for hanging. And if you want to attach flowers and ribbon like I did, you’ll need some of that, too. I didn’t want the flowers to be permanently attached to the door hanger, so I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the center of the bouquet and affixed it to the wood with an upholstery tack.
WHERE TO FIND THE DESIGN
Then last, but not least, you may want to get the design for this project to use as a template. Simply click on the below image “Get the Free Design for this Project” below:
Fonts Used in this Project
Also, the font I used in this project is called Effort. You can download it for free on dafont.com. Or simply use your own favorite font. You can also find some of my favorite Cricut Design Space fonts here.
How to Make A Round Wooden Door Hanger
- round wood slice
- Painter's Tape
- Adhesive Vinyl or Stencil
- D Hanger Rings
- Foam Paint Brush
- Cutting machine (such as the Cricut Maker, Joy or Explore)
- Regular Grip cutting
- Wooding Tools
Stain the Wood
- If you are going to stain your round piece of wood, you'll want to do so first so you can allow plenty of time for the stain to dry.
- I like to apply stain with a foam brush or lint-free rag. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for applying the stain.
Prepare the Design
- Create your design in Cricut Design Space. You can find my project here. Be sure to resize the circle template and lettering to accommodate the size of your wood sign. My project file is for an 18" round door hanger.
- Then when you are ready to cut out the design, hide the layers you do not want to cut. Cut out the design using a standard grip mat and vinyl.
- Use a ruler and pencil to mark where you will attach your d-hangers to the back of the wood.
- Using a drill, pre-drill holes for the screws.
- Attach the d-ring to the back of the wood. You will use two rings.
Apply Painter's Tape
- Mark off the area to be painted with painter's tape. You'll want to make your lines are as straight as possible. You can use the grainline in the wood to help you line up the painter's tape. It's also helpful to use a clear acrylic ruler.
Paint the Strip
If you are using your vinyl design as a sort of stencil, you will want to paint a strip of white paint over the area of the wood where you want your lettering to appear.
- Use the foam roller to apply the white paint to the board.
- Allow the paint to completely dry.
- Then use the transfer tape to transfer the design onto the painted area of your wood board. Use the brayer tool to make sure all the edges are nicely secured.
If you are applying the vinyl directly to the wood hanger and will not be removing it (In other words, the vinyl will be permanently adhered to the wood and placed on top of the chalkboard paint), you will not paint the wood white first. You will simply paint the strip you have taped off using chalkboard paint.
- Use the foam roller to apply the chalkboard paint. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions.
- Be sure to allow the paint to dry between coats and to completely dry before applying your vinyl.
- IF you painted the white strip and applied the vinyl, once the chalkboard paint is dry, use your weeding tool to remove the vinyl from the board. When you remove the vinyl, you should see the white paint.
- IF you did NOT paint the white strip, simply use the transfer tape to transfer the design onto the painted area of your wood board. Use the brayer tool to make sure all the edges are nicely secured.
If your wood door hanger will be hung indoors, it's not necessary to apply a sealant to your project. However, if your wooden door hanger will be outside, you will want to protect the surface with a sealant. You have a few options: spray polycrylic, brush-on polycrylic or outdoor Mod Podge. I like the brush on polycrylic in the satin finish and is what I use most often for my projects. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for applying your sealant.
More DIY Ideas
If you enjoyed this DIY project, you might also like these DIY or Cricut craft projects from The Birch Cottage:
- DIY Custom Kitchen Drawer Dividers
- DIY Yard Dice with Free Printables
- Baby Onesie Cricut Craft Project
- How to Make Chalk Paint
Share Your Round Wooden Door Hanger
I’d love to see your round wooden door hanger. Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #thebirchcottage.
Til next time…