Spruce Up Your Front Door for Spring With These 9 DIYs
Skip the expensive store-bought decor and welcome the season with a handmade wreath, doormat or planter.
Liz Gray, © 2015 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved
With spring just around the corner, my home’s curb appeal could use a little pick-me-up, and I bet yours could too. If you want to give your façade a quick and easy makeover for spring, the front door is a great place to get started: a cheerful wreath, fresh welcome mat or colorful plant can instantly make a tired entrance look more inviting. Kick off the season with these simple door decor projects.
Geometric Chalkboard Sign
Modern Geometric Chalkboard Sign 04:01
Looking for an alternative to the typical wreath? Make this fresh, modern chalkboard sign in three easy steps and welcome your guests with a customized message.
Paper Flower Wreath
For a classic spring floral motif, craft up this cheerful paper posy wreath. Cut flowers out of colorful cardstock, then secure them to a wreath form with quilting pins.
Make This: Paper Posy Wreath
Alternatively, you can use cupcake liners for a floral look with no cutting needed. A mix of pastel hues is ideal for spring.
Make This: Cupcake Liner Wreath
Monogram Wreath Using Succulents 02:13
A living wreath made with hearty succulents is sure to make a statement against your door. Arrange them in a monogram letter shape for a personal touch.
Eggs and Moss
Use paper mache eggs, light green Spanish moss and a grapevine wreath to create this simple, sophisticated Easter wreath. We'll show you an easy way to speckle the eggs for a realistic look.
Make This: Egg and Moss Wreath
This simple burlap wreath can be easily embellished for any holiday or season, so you can enjoy it all year long. Here, we added a sparkling shamrock and green ribbon so it's ready for St. Patrick's Day.
Make This: Easy Burlap Wreath
Even if you don't live by the water, you can still add coastal style to your home with this nautical-inspired rope wreath. The Turk's head knot looks intricate, but our step-by-step instructions make it easy.
Make This: Nautical Rope Wreath
Spring is the perfect time to replace that dingy old doormat. Using square wooden dowels, make this sturdy mat that will last you through many seasons. You can even personalize it with a stenciled monogram.
Make This: Monogrammed Wood Doormat
Bring a bit of green to your entrance with these wall-mounted mailbox planters. Use painter's tape and spray paint to add fun stripes, or any other pattern you'd like.
Make This: Mailbox Planters
Front Door and Wreath
Door: Masonite 6-panel fir door, from $172, homedepot.com for stores; Addison brass single-cylinder handleset and accent lever in satin nickel finish, from $139, schlage.com for stores. Wreath: Lemon to Lemon 20"-diameter Styrofoam, silk, and plastic vinyl wreath, $105, delafleur.etsy.com
Front Door, DIY It
Hammer in furniture nails to adorn the top and bottom of the door’s center panel. Architectural fiberglass door, from $1,339, jeld-wen.com for stores; Baldwin Baltimore Single Cylinder Mortise brass handleset in oil-rubbed-bronze finish, $276.50, build.com. Agave Ironworks 1 5/8"-diameter iron furniture nails in black, $3.50 each, lowes.com
Bench and Outdoor Pillows
Claire 45 1/2"W x 23"D x 38 1/4"H hardwood bench in poppy, $199, grandinroad.com; Pillows (left to right): Pillow Perfect Summer Breeze 18 1/2" x 18 1/2" polyester pillow, $44 for a set of 2, wayfair.com; Rebecca Allen The Lady of Shalott 16" x 16" polyester pillow in red, $45, denydesigns.com
Pieces of wood molding were added to make a chevron pattern on this door. Click next to see how to create it. Smooth-Star fiberglass entry door, $370, thermatru.com for stores; Paint: Granny Smith Apple by Glidden; Kwikset Arlington #801ANLIP exterior handleset in Venetian bronze, $97.50, build.com; 4"-tall custom street number door decal in black, $10, leenthegraphicsqueen.com
Chevron Paneling How-To
Pencil in a rectangle on the upper part of the door, then a square on the lower part. Draw a line down the center of the door. Pencil in chevrons six inches apart in the rectangle and the square. Have a home or hardware store cut 1-inch thick shoe molding the same length as each line you drew, mitering all the ends. Affix the molding to the door using a heavy-duty adhesive such as Liquid Nails, and let dry. Paint the door and molding.
Front Door and Planter
2009 primed poplar and MDF entry door, $395, roguevalleydoor.com for stores; Schlage Addison adjustable exterior entry door handleset in lifetime bright brass finish, $104, lowes.com; Fleur de Lys 6"-tall door knocker in polished brass finish, $115, michaelhealy.com; Crescent Garden Estate Weathered Terracotta 21 3/4" x 24" resin planter, $235, jamaligarden.com.