Now that Thanksgiving is over I guess it’s time to let go of my pumpkins and wheat bundle and embrace the snowy cold months ahead. I shamelessly still have my leaf door hang on my door trying to hold on to memories of any decent weather that fall offered. Mother Nature dropped 8 inches of snow at our house today. It’s hard to believe that I took my dogs to the park just 3 days ago. Welcome to Utah!
I guess now is as good of a time as any to welcome Christmas to my porch. I’ve been wanting to make our new Tag Door Hangs since they came out, but I’ve been worried about how they’d stand the Utah winter.
The tags (and some other Wood Connection door hangs) are made with a material called MDF, basically a pressed particle board. With anything it has its advantages and disadvantages- my favorite thing about MDF is that little to no sanding is required (SCORE) it also paints really smooth and has no knots.
On the downside, if it gets wet it will completely disintegrate. Since the tags are made of MDF I wanted to find a way to make it last a few years on my door without it completely falling apart after a week. After much research, I give you Glidden Gripper Primer! (insert angels singing) So here is what you do…
Gather your supplies:
Glidden Gripper Primer
Tag Door Hangs (only $6.95 people!)
Season’s Greetings vinyl
2 paint colors
Decorative berries (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
Apply two generous coats of Glidden Gripper Primer. Everyone at the Home Depot I went to highly recommended this product for my project. The drying times are an hour between each coat so plan on having plenty of time to get this part out of the way. The MDF is really going to suck this stuff up which is a good thing.
After my primer coats we dry I added a coat of Delta Light Ivory to one side of the tag. This is the color I want my lettering to be once I’m done. After the paint was dry I applied my vinyl to the tags. And can I please just share that a vinyl applicator makes this process so much easier! It helps to stick the vinyl to the wood and helps smooth out any bubbles in the vinyl.
Once the vinyl was on I painted the tags Timberline Green. It took three good coats to cover all the primer and Light Ivory paint. After the Timberline was dry I pulled off my vinyl to reveal Light Ivory color I had painted underneath.
I then lightly sanded around all the edges to help give it a more finished look.
I lined up my tags how I wanted them to hang and carefully flipped them backward. Next I took a pencil and traced the back of the bottom tag onto the back of the top tag, this way I would know where to apply glue. It’s best to use wood glue when applying any wood to wood pieces, hot glue will often snap off after time. I spread out my wood glue and glued the tags together.
To really make sure Mother Nature doesn’t ruin my new door décor I sealed the tags with an acrylic sealer spray. This will help prevent any sun damage and water that touches the tags.
I finished off my tags with rope (included) and red berries I found at Hobby Lobby. To put Mother Nature to the test, I placed my tags out in the snow, yes right in the snow for the day and let them get all wet.
Hey, if I’m going to show you guys how to weatherproof your MDF I better make sure it works right? I brought them in at the end of the day and they were covered in frost. After the frost melted I wiped them off with a rag and the wood was fine.
The sealer and primer definitely helped keep all the moisture out of the wood. So I am now confident to say that your tags should last a few winters out on your porch. It might not hurt them to even do a new coat of acrylic sealer every year to help protect them.
And to help spread my Season’s Greetings I’m going to share a coupon code for the door tags when you purchase them online. Use code “seasonsgreetings” to receive 20% off your door tags. Happy Crafting!