How to Make a Halloween Door Cover

Give your home's exterior a Halloween makeover with a festive door decoration. All you need is a large piece of felt and some paint to make a fun pumpkin display!

Halloween decor at your home's front door can be so much more than pumpkins on the stoop. Without too much extra work, you can turn your front door into a festive jack-o'-lantern with a painted felt door covering. This project is simple and can be customized to suit your color scheme and decorating style. Follow these steps to create a pumpkin-inspired Halloween front door, or use this DIY project as inspiration for your own custom monster decoration.

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What You Need

  • Tape measure
  • Felt (ours was white)
  • Marker or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Painters tape
  • Pumpkin stencil
  • Paint (ours was gold)
  • Foam brush
  • Double-sided tape or adhesive hook-and-loop strips

Step 1: Measure Door

Measure the dimensions of your front door. When purchasing felt, add a few inches on each side of the measured dimensions for wiggle room. If your door is arched, measure the height from the top of the arch. Once you've purchased your felt, transfer the door measurements to your felt with a marker.

Step 2: Cut Felt

Cut the felt to the size of your door, making sure to keep the edges as straight as possible. For a door with an arched top, cut the felt to the door's rectangular dimensions, then hold up the felt to the door and mark sections in the corners that need to be rounded. 

Step 3: Cut Hole for Handle

To keep your front door functional, you'll need to cut a hole in the felt for the handle. On your door, measure the height at which your handle starts and mark this location on your felt cutout. Cut a length of painters tape the same length as the door handle and place on the felt at your measurement. Carefully cut around the piece of tape, then remove the tape and fabric scrap. 

Step 4: Plan Design

Decide if you want to make the entire jack-o'-lantern face or just half (as we did here), then size the stencil appropriately. We enlarged the image about 175% to fit this door. Print and cut out the stencils for the nose, eye, and mouth of the jack-o'-lantern. Lay the stencils on the felt to plan your design, then trace around them with a marker or pencil. If you're using a light color of paint or felt, you will want to use a pencil so your outline disappears under the paint. To make this Halloween craft even easier, you can freehand any pumpkin or monster face you like. 

See more free pumpkin face stencils.

Step 5: Tape and Paint

Place painters tape along the outlines of the stencils, keeping the marker lines inside the tape. Use a foam paintbrush to fill in the shapes with your desired shade of paint. Let dry fully, then carefully remove the tape.

Gold paint makes other decor dazzle, too!

Step 6: Adhere to Door

You can attach this Halloween craft to the door in a number of ways. We used heavy-duty double-sided tape and pressed it against the door, but adhesive loop-and-hook strips can also be used. Consider your door material when purchasing hanging materials. Be sure to take down your door wrap in inclement weather so it doesn't get damaged. Otherwise, you can reuse the wrap next year!

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