Keep your little brother out of your room, direct students to their new classroom or simply stake your claim to your bedroom with a door-hanger sign. Door hangers are simple creations you can make at home; no need to purchase generic ones from the store when you can personalise and customise your door hanger on your computer, using the Paint graphics program included with your PC. With a couple of minutes' time and as much creativity as you prefer, you can make a free hanger to announce what's behind your door.
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Things you need
- Paint software program
- 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper
Open your computer's Paint program, click "Image" and select "Attributes." Set the dimensions as 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches; this gives you a full, standard page of paper to create the door hanger.
Click the "Rounded Rectangle" tool on the Tools palette on the left side of the screen. Don't worry about the colour of the rectangle; it's just your guide for when you'll be cutting out the hanger. Draw a rectangle that takes up just about the entire page of the Paint workspace.
Click the "Ellipse" tool and draw a circle approximately one quarter of the size of the rectangle, inside the rectangle towards its top. This will be your guide for cutting out the area for the doorknob; if your circle is too small for the knob to get through, you can always make it bigger.
Click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A." Select a paint colour from the Color Picker and click inside the door hanger. Choose a text from the toolbar and type your name, the room number or other information for the door hanger.
Click the "Paintbrush" tool, select the small round brush head and a new paint colour, then draw a design on the hanger, such as a palm tree, teddy bear, peace sign or paw prints.
Change paint colours and brush heads, adding more designs.
Add sparkles to the door hanger by clicking the "Airbrush" tool, selecting the medium brush head and a new paint colour, then clicking around the white space of the door hanger.
Give the door hanger a coloured background by clicking the "Paint Bucket" tool, choosing an unused paint colour and clicking in the white space, which fills with colour.
Load paper into your printer and turn it on. Pull down the File menu, click "Print" and choose your printer from the options. Click "Print."
Glue the hanger page to a piece of cardboard and trim around the rectangle with scissors. Pierce the circle with the scissors and cut around its outline. Test it on your doorknob to ensure the knob fits; if it doesn't, trim more of the circle.
Tips and warnings
- Find free cardboard by mining your house; many new men's shirts come folded around a thin piece of cardboard, which will serve as an excellent, sturdy background for your hanger. You can also use the lid from a shoebox, side of an empty cereal box or the thick backside of a school notebook.
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