This past Fall I joined the Certified Celebrator’s Virtual Paint Party. It looked like fun challenge and a great way to pick up a new DIY skill. I wasn’t much of a painter when I started and I was excited to learn how to paint pretty door hangers. I was NOT disappointed and thoroughly surprised that I learned how to paint a door hanger from watching a video! Each one has turned out cuter than the last. Plus, it is the perfect weekend project and most of the door hangers I painted were finished in under an hour.
Here is what I have painted so far…
October 2018 | Jack O’ Lantern Candy Bucket
November 2018 | Turkey
December 2018 | Ornament
January 2019 | Snow Hat
February 2019 | Valentine
March 2019 | Rainbow
April 2019 | Easter Bunny
It is a toss up between the Jack O’ Lantern and the Bunny as my favorite one! As I have continued on my paint party journey I have taken a bit of freedom with the designs and put my own spin on the door hangers. For example, the Bunny originally had a bow, but I opted to do a flower crown. I love that this online class encourages you to take risks and add your own creative flair, the BEST part is that if you mess up you can turn over your piece and paint the other side or simply paint a base coat of white over the whole thing and start over.
However, I have learned that unlike most of the DIYs I do where precision is needed and my A-type personality excels, painting is different, it is very freeform and you embrace or work with the mistakes you make. For my organized, color-coding, alphabetizing brain, the Virtual Paint Party has been a very relaxing hobby and I have learned to embrace the imperfections. So much so that I have started painting all sorts of things, it is definitely one of my favorite creative hobbies!
Door hangers have been in constant rotation on my front door since I started painting in the Fall, but if you have been following me on Instagram for awhile you know that my door is usually decked out with a big wreath. I have been making wreaths using Decomesh for the past few years, and while I love the wreaths I have created, living in a condo can make it pretty tricky to figure out how to store half a dozen wreaths. So over the past year I have made a conscious effort to purchase collapsible, foldable and flat holiday decor. The wreaths I have made and love are not going anywhere, but now I only make wreaths for my mom, who has ample room to store them. The ease of storing these door hangers was definitely something I considered when I decided to sign up for the Virtual Paint Party.