Prepare Your Information
Collect the information you want to include on the back of your DoorHanger. This might include your logo, map and information about your services or an event (approximately 50 words).
Text Tip: Remember the purpose of this DoorHanger is to motivate someone to make a visit, not to give them every detail about your church. Use short sentences in the present tense. Emphasize the benefits of attending your church, not just the features of your service (i.e. instead of “Dramas,” say “Dramas to make you laugh and think”). Give them enough information to make a visit without having to make a phone call for more details.
Create Your Layout
Your DoorHanger layout is easy to create in any word processing or desktop publishing program or even using the “cut & paste” method. The template will give you a guide for the way your page should look.
- Choose a “landscape” (sideways) orientation of a regular 8.5" by 11" document. This can usually be done using a “page setup,” “document setup” or similar function (depending on your program).
- Divide the document into three equal sections or columns. This can usually be done using a “page divide,” “page layout,” “page modify” or similar function.
- The margins for each page should be set as follows, leaving three vertical boxes, each 3.1875" (3 3/16") wide by 6" high:
- Top: 0.25"
- Bottom: 0.25"
- Left: 0.25"
- Right: 0.25"
- Gutter: 0.50" (Note: Set margins as close to 0.25" as possible as your printer will allow.)
- Use no more than two type faces (fonts). One bolder type face for headlines and subheads, and one regular type face for the text work well. However, using variations (bold, italic, light, etc.) on a font can add emphasis and visual variety to your layout without adding to graphic “clutter.” Recommended font sizes:
- Headlines: 24–48 pt.
- Text: 10–12 pt.
- Maps: 6–9 pt.
- Look at the template for ideas about how to position the text and other elements on your DoorHanger reverse side. The result should be a simple, clean layout that offers key information without confusion. Have at least three people proof the layout for errors, content (date, time, location, etc.) and readability before you print. Once the layout is complete, group the text and other graphic elements and copy/paste them onto all three panels.
Print your DoorHangers on a laser* or inkjet printer,* or print a high-quality original. Have the high-quality original duplicated on a photocopier* or at a local quick printer.
Carefully separate your DoorHangers by folding them back and forth, then tearing along the perforations. You may also want to remove the doorknob circle to facilitate ease of distribution.
Assemble a team of people from your church to walk targeted neighborhoods and distribute the DoorHangers. Two or three people can generally reach about 100 homes in an hour.
Idea: Leave a stack of DoorHangers on your church information table for your attenders to give to new families who move into their neighborhoods.
* Before running DoorHangers through a laser printer or photocopier, check your owner’s manual for specifications regarding perforated stock.