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Make an MLK Day Door Decoration in Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Make an MLK Day door decoration in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! In today’s blog post, I’m going to show you how to make this creative door decoration for MLK Day in seven easy steps.


Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK Day) has always been a family and homeschooling tradition for us.

For previous MLK Day celebrations, we have participated in community peaceful marches, attended special programs, visited local museums, and participated in other educational opportunities.

This year, we are making decorations for our home, reading books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work during the Civil Rights Movement, and watching his “I Have a Dream” speech on YouTube.


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HOW DO YOU CREATE A DOOR DECORATION FOR MLK DAY?

There are many ways you and your family can create a Martin Luther King, Jr. door decoration.

Supplies you typically need to create a door decoration for MLK Day are banner paper, a photocopied photograph of Dr. King, a famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and decorations created by children (such as handprints, hearts, peace signs, etc.)

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR A MLK DAY DOOR DECORATION

  • banner paper
  • poster letters or letter stencils
  • construciton paper
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. quote
  • photocopied photograph of Dr. King (a MLK Day coloring sheet would also work)
  • decorations created by children (handprints, hearts, stars, peace signs, coloring sheets, etc.)

Search on Pinterest for inspiration in creating your own MLK Day door decoration. You will find a variety of MLK Day door ideas created by students from around the country!

This one is my favorite because it includes one of my favorite Martin Luther King quotes:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I also love how this group of students created an “I Have a Dream” door decoration by using their handprints.


READ: “10 QUOTES ON STANDING UP AGAINST RACISM”


How to Make a MLK Day Door Decoration (Photograph of a door decoration for MLK Day with the quote "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.")

For MLK Day 2022, we decorated our front door and window with decorations to honor Dr. King.

It’s a great way to encourage and uplift our neighbors. (Plus, the kids love seeing their art on display.)

MATERIALS WE USED FOR OUR MLK DAY DOOR DECORATION:

  • banner paper
  • poster letters
  • tape
  • scissors
  • glue
  • color pencils and markers
  • MLK printouts
  • heart decorations
  • heart stickers

READ: “NEVER BE AFRAID TO GET IN GOOD TROUBLE”


HOW WE MADE OUR MLK DAY DOOR DECORATION

PICK A QUOTE.

We decided to go with a love quote by Dr. King since it’s also Valentine’s season. The quote we chose is: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

MEASURE BANNER PAPER FOR DOOR.

Travis helped me with measuring the banner paper for the door. I held the paper near the top of our front door and he rolled the banner roll down close to the bottom of the door.

TAPE BANNER PAPER TO THE DOOR.

We used two sheets of banner paper for the front door. I used strong tape to secure the banner paper to the door.


CRAFT TIP: Use transparent tape or glue to secure the overlapping banner paper onto your first sheet of paper.


USE POSTER LETTERS OR LETTER STENCILS FOR THE QUOTE.

I had poster letters I had bought at Walmart last year so we used that for the quote. You can also use letter stencils or free-hand the quote in large writing.

PUT QUOTE ON DOOR.

I used glue to attach the poster letters to the banner and transparent tape to secure the edges.

For the first word in the quote (LOVE), I sketched it out on white sketch paper and used a red marker to color in the letters. Then I cut out the letters and put them at the top of the banner.

PRINT ONE OR MORE PHOTOS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

I did a quick Google search for photographs of Martin Luther King and printed out a few different pictures to add to our door decoration.

We ended up choosing an MLK Day sign and Martin Luther King, Jr. coloring sheet.

FINISH DECORATING DOOR WITH HEART DECORATIONS.

To complete our MLK DAY door decoration, we added Valentine’s Day heart decorations and stickers.

Door decoration for MLK Day

Hope you enjoy creating an MLK Day door decoration with your family! xoxo

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