Burlap Door Hangers

How to make your own burlap door hangers

By now, everyone has seen those beautiful burlap door hangers that grace so many homes. Whether homemade or store bought, they are a cheery sight on anyone’s door.

To make your own burlap door hangers, you will need:

  • Burlap
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Tracing paper or baking paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paint – Acrylic or spray paint will do. Slick paint can come in handy.
  • Stuffing
  • Thin floral wire

First, use tracing paper to draw an outline of the shape you want. (If you’re feeling adventurous, you can print out an image on your computer and use that for your outline.)

Next, place the outline on top of the burlap and hold it in place using the tape. Carefully cut the burlap using your outline to guide you. Repeat the process so that you have two identical pieces of burlap cut-outs. You can hold the two pieces of burlap together with a pin or staple, allowing you to make two cut outs at a time. You might decide to do this if you’re doing several door hangers as gifts for the holidays.

Using the acrylic paints, decorate the burlap to your liking. You can paint the burlap a base color, then add a decorative color on top. This can be done using slick paints. To make creative designs, make cut-outs on the tracing paper, then place the paper on the burlap and apply the spray paint. The process should be repeated for the other piece of burlap.

Next, attach the two pieces of burlap using the hot glue gun. Line the edge of one piece with glue and place the second piece on top of it and allow it to dry. Leave an opening unglued to facilitate stuffing.

Stuff the ornament until full. There are many options for stuffing, such as newspapers, plastic paper bags, strips of cloth, pillow stuffing, even tissue paper will work. Keep in mind the climate in your area, and on which door your hanger will be placed. Note: You don’t want to stuff the door hanger with tissue paper if it’s going to be hanging outdoors in spring.


Seal the opening using your hot glue gun. Pass the floral wire through the bag to create a hook. A nice touch would be to pin a ribbon to it. And there you go; your burlap door hanger is done! You can do this as an activity with your kids and have them make their own hangers. They also make a great gift for family and friends.

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