Saturday, March 29, 2014

Easter Door Cross Tutorial

I love Easter!  I love the pretty dresses, the family meals, egg hunts, and baskets.  I love celebrating our Savior.  So why is it I hardly (if ever) do ANY decorating for this holiday??  To be fair, I usually don't decorate for Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day either.    Despite the fact I don't decorate, I do like to throw a wreath on the front door.  You may remember my Burlap Egg Wreath and Spring Flower Wreath from a few years back.  If you don't, I'll wait here while you go check them out - they are great, and you might love them even more!  This year I wanted to do something different.  I have seen some really fantastic cross door hangers on Etsy, and thought I would try my hand at one.

Because this is my first foray into wood door hangers, I decided to use only items I already had on hand.

Tools needed to build door hanger:

  • scroll or jig saw
  • wood glue
  • brad nails
  • hammer
  • OR kreg jig and screws
  • orbital sander or sandpaper

I had an already stained 1x12 left over after deconstructing a bookshelf I made a couple of years ago.  The first thing I did was use chalk to draw out the center cross shape on the wood.  Once it is drawn, use your saw to cut it out.  

  • Tip: if you want it perfectly symmetrical, print a cross shape out first and then trace.  I freehanded it. 
  • Tip: if you don't want the hassle of gluing and nailing, use a larger piece of plyboard and trace the entire cross shape to cut out.

Next, you will need to draw out and cut the side cross pieces.
  • Tip: place the center piece on the board and trace against the side for a perfect fit.

After you have cut all of your pieces, use the sander (or paper) to shape and smooth the edges.  You could also do some shanty-fying at this point and sand the stain off in places.  Next, you will need to glue your side pieces to the center piece.  It should look like this:

Wait an hour or so for that to dry.  You could stop here - the glue should hold the pieces.  However, with the door opening and closing so often, I wanted an extra bit of security.  Flip your cross over, and nail small brad nails at a diagonal from the side piece into the center piece.
  • Tip: if you have a Kreg Jig (oh how I wish I did!) this step will be easier and more secure.  You can use your jig to actually put screws into the pieces.  

Now for the fun part!!  This is where you can pretty much run with whatever ideas you have.  I found some chalkboard art online that I loved and replicated it on the cross with a paint marker and glitter. I also made a burlap ribbon for the top.  I would recommend sealing your cross with a polycrylic or something similar to protect the paint/glitter/etc from the elements.  I put a picture hanger in the center on the back and used a wire to make a loop to hang it from.

  • Tip: use chalk to draw out your design before painting it on
  • Tip: use a picture hanger at the top as well to tie your ribbon to, if using
  • Tip: if you mess up or want to change it, just sand it down and start all over!

Voila!  Total time for me was about 5 hours, including fixing the kids lunch and a couple of interruptions. If you really want to save some time on this project, I did find unfinished wood crosses online ranging from $2-$15.  Then all you have to do is decorate!  What will you be hanging on your door for Easter?


  1. I love your door hanger! We currently don't have anything hanging on our door but your post reminds me that I probably need to add some cheer to it.

    1. Thank you! It really does add something special to your door. So nice to see when I pull up in the driveway.


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