Upcycled Hello Door Sign

Earlier this year I started saving some materials instead of putting them in the trash/recycling bin. I intended to use them in my DIY projects if the opportunity came. My bin now includes corks, used plastic utensils and straws, beer caps, rubber bands, cardboard, wood, jars. I’ve been thinking about making a front door greeting/hello sign for a while, and using some of these materials seemed like a great idea. After testing a few options, I decided to go with a piece of wood from the base of an old drawer, corks and plastic spoons. Using leftover paint and materials I already had on hand, I was able to put together this super easy and cute hello door sign in no time. Here’s how!

  • a piece of wood
  • sand paper (optional, if sanding the wood)
  • plastic spoons
  • corks (three or four for the letters and a wide and shorter one for the flower middle piece)
  • paint (Sherwin-Williams Kind Green, Sherwin Williams Welcome White, Behr Calligraphy)
  • paint brush(es)
  • X-Acto knife
  • snips
  • glue
  • hardware for hanging
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
  • First, determine your base. If using wood that needs to be sanded, make sure you do that step before painting. I was lucky to find a piece that was the exact measurements I wanted from the bottom piece of an old drawer. This smaller piece was separating from the bigger piece already, so I just had to pull them apart.

  • Once sanded and cleaned, paint the wood in your color of choice. I used leftover paint from paint jobs we had done to the exterior of the house. The base is  Sherwin-Williams Kind Green and I only applied one coat. Let it dry before moving to the next step.

  • While your board is drying, prep the other materials. Using the X-Acto knife, cut the cork in thin slices. If you have a bigger piece, use it for the flower. I cut the wider cork in half for this.

  • Wash and clean the spoons beforehand if necessary. Using a snip tool, cut to the length desired. I used Behr Calligraphy to paint the base. The white detail is  Sherwin Williams Welcome White, which I added to the base of the flowers and the middle cork piece.

  • Position all your pieces on the dried wood board. Once you’re happy with the look, start gluing one at a time. I used SuperGlue.

  • Attach the board to the door with your hardware of choice. I used small sawtooth hangers.

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