Easter Picket Fence Door Hanger

Welcome to the world of DIY crafting! In this step-by-step guide, I’ll walk you through assembling our delightful “Easter Picket Fence Door Hanger” wooden craft kit. To make the process even more enjoyable, I’m also going to teach you my secret tip of creating a tape board to simplify the painting of small pieces.

Gathering Your Materials

Start by collecting all the materials needed to complete your Easter Rabbit wooden craft kit:

  • All wooden kit pieces (these can be purchased on our website as either the DIY Wood Cut-outs ONLY or as part of the Project Kit)
  • Paint (included in Project Kit) – We recommend FolkArt Multi-Surface and Delta Ceramcoat.
  • Paint brushes (1 included in Project Kit)
  • Make-up sponges (included in Project Kit)
  • Paper towels or baby wipes (included in Project Kit)
  • X-acto knife, straight pin or toothpick
  • Water/ jar for cleaning brushes
  • Palette for paint (included in Project Kit)
  • Masking tape
  • Scrap of cardboard (12×12” or larger recommended – the box lid from your shipment works great)
  • Scissors
  • Glue – Art Institute Precision Craft Glue or Gel SuperGlue (included in Project Kit)
  • Parchment paper or similar to protect your work surface

Make sure you have everything handy and in reach before starting. Clear a well-lit and spacious workspace to ensure a comfortable crafting experience.

Preparing Your Workspace

Before painting your wooden craft kit, take a moment to set up a tape board. A tape board is a fantastic tool for keeping small pieces organized and making the painting process smoother. Lay a large piece of cardboard or foam board on your work surface and use masking tape to create large loops with sticky side up. This prevents pieces from getting lost during the painting process and makes them easy to paint without getting paint on your fingers!

Paint Your Pieces

Identify your pieces by referring to the color sample online or in your kit. Paint your pieces according to my tutorial or using your desired colors.

I began by painting the fence piece a gray color. I applied one coat of paint being careful to apply from the center out so as to avoid getting paint onto the edges of the pieces for a cleaner look. Proceed to paint the various pieces in your kit by utilizing these tips:

Painting Tips:

  • If you get paint on the edges, you can wipe it away with a baby wipe or damp paper towel.
  • Use a lighter touch with your paint to avoid filling in the laser lines. Once the paint is dry, use an X-acto knife to score over the lines that will show after assembled to clear any paint.
  • To avoid filling the laser lines, like on the laying down bunny, use a make-up sponge with the paint tapped off and blot paint on building layers to achieve desired coverage. His technique is also good to use on pieces such as the lattice bunny to avoid getting paint into the cut outs.
  • It’s better to use multiple light coats of paint versus one heavy coat. You can use a heat gun or hair dryer in between to help dry the pieces. 
  • For a weathered look on your fence or other pieces, dip a wet wipe into white paint and apply in sections, feathering out until you achieve the desired look.

Assemble Your Kit

Once all pieces are dry, apply glue to the backs of the pieces and adhere to the background. Wipe away any glue that sweeps out the edges with a wet wipe and allow it to dry fully.

When everything is completely dry, string twine or ribbon through the holes to create the hanger.

If you plan to hang your completed door hanger outside be sure to spray both sides with clear acrylic sealer to protect it from the elements.

If you want to watch as I complete this kit, check out my YouTube video here.

The Joy of Crafting at Home

Crafting at home offers a multitude of benefits:

  • Therapeutic Escape: Crafting provides a therapeutic escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It allows you to focus your mind on a creative task, promoting relaxation.
  • Personalized Decor: Handmade crafts add a personal touch to your home decor. Your “Easter Rabbit Picket Fence Door Hanger” will be a unique and charming addition to your living space.
  • Sense of Accomplishment: Completing a DIY project instills a sense of accomplishment. Witnessing your creation come to life is immensely satisfying.

Choosing Vibrant Colors

When selecting colors for your door hanger, consider the following:

  • Easter Palette: Embrace the spirit of Easter by choosing a palette inspired by spring. Think pastel shades such as soft blues, pinks, yellows, and greens. For this kit, I chose ForkArt Deep Ocean Blue and Grass Green plus Delta Ceramcoat Purple Heather, Cableknit Grey and White for the project kit. For the version in the video, I substituted FolkArt Bright Pink for the Deep Ocean Blue and Delta Ceramcoat Mediterranean for the Purple Heather.
  • Contrast and Balance: Create visual interest by incorporating contrasting colors. A balance of light and dark hues will make your door hanger visually appealing.
  • Personal Preference: Ultimately, choose colors that resonate with your personal style and complement your existing decor.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on completing our Easter Rabbit Picket Fence Door Hanger. It’s one of my personal favorites from our new offerings this year. If you complete one yourself, be sure to share a photo of your finished project in the comments or my emailing us!

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