I got the idea for this dip dyed Halloween door hanger while I was browsing home photos on Instagram. I love homes with clean, modern furnishings, but lots of warm woods and textures on the walls. I had been thinking about changing out our summer wreath for something more in tune with fall, and I absolutely love Halloween, so I knew I wanted something for that. I also knew that since it will be used for such a short time (even shorter since I’m not getting it up until mid-October!), I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for it.
I absolutely love all the wall hangings and weavings that are showing up on everyone’s walls right now, so I came up with something along those lines for this door hanger. It literally took me 30-45 minutes TOTAL to make it, and I had everything but the yarn on hand, so it actually cost me closer to $1.00, but I’m assuming not everyone has these things lying around their house, so I padded the total cost a little.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- scane (or ball) of cotton yarn
- 24” wooden dowel or piece of wood (about ½” thick)
- orange food coloring (or red + yellow)
- hot glue gun
- You’ll want to cut all your yarn to approximately the same length. It doesn’t matter what length exactly, but you’ll want it on the longer side, since it will be half that length once your hanger is. *You can easily do this with a piece of cardboard cut to the desired length and wrapping the yarn around that. Once you’re done, you’ll just cut the loops on each end so you have individual pieces.
- Starting from one end, start attaching the yarn to the wooden dowel. Simply take a length of yarn, fold it in half, place the looped end behind the dowel and thread the two ends through the loop and pull. The yarn should now be wrapped around the dowel. Keep going until you have the desired amount of yarn showing. *I have some shorter pieces on the sides, but you could just make it one length. You can trim everything up once the yarn is attached if things look uneven.
- Once it’s dry, comb it out with your fingers so it’s nice and even and untangled.
- I simply wrote “boo” lightly in pencil on a sheet of grey cardstock, then cut it out with scissors. I used a few dots of hot glue to attach it to the yarn. I’m sure you could use a Cricket to cut out your message, or attach a cute premade sign or image and it would be adorable, too. I liked how this turned out so much that I may changed it up a little and use it for Thanksgiving, too. The hot glued letters can easily be removed from the yarn if you just rub the glue a little bit.
If you have leftover yarn, you can definitely use that, but I didn’t, so I literally used dental floss tied on either side for a hanger. If I’d had fishing line handy, that would’ve worked, too.
I hope you’ll try out this easy, cheap and fun project! I can’t wait to see your take on and see how you personalize it. If you liked this project, please check out my modern embroidery hoop holiday wreath tutorial. Don’t forget to tag your photos with #greysnailmakes and share what you create!