Recently, we have had many people ringing our doorbell. As we have hail damage repaired on our house, our doorbell is constantly ringing—contractors , roofers, siding guys, window repairmen, you name it. Then add in the storm chasing contractors, the local milkman, the neighbor’s painter, and magazine salesman…it seems like our doorbell is always ringing. Normally this wouldn’t really be a problem, but it tends to happen most often during my son’s nap time. If you have been following my blog at all, you know that we take sleep seriously around here because it is incredibly rare.
So, I decided to make a Shhhh/No Soliciting sign for our front door. I had been shopping around for the perfect sign, but hadn’t really found what I was looking for, so I made one! This was one of the easiest DIY projects I have done, and I really like how it turned out! You can make your own DIY No Soliciting Sign in one afternoon, for about $10.
What You Need
Pre-made blank wooden sign (they have these at any local craft store)
Printed template (which you can make on your computer)
Paint Marker in color of your choice
The first thing you want to do is design your sign on the computer. I used Microsoft Word, and downloaded some cute new fonts. Make sure you select a font that will be wide enough, and simple enough that you can use your paint pen to fill in the lettering (wide, clean lines are best).
Once you create your desired layout and wording, print it out on computer paper. I used regular computer paper. Nothing fancy.
Cut your paper into more manageable pieces. This will help you to align your lettering on the sign. If you want to make sure your words are written in a straight line, try not to separate them!
Select one of your words/phrases, and flip the paper over, so the print side is down. Use a pencil to shade in the entire area where the word is written (remember, you will be doing this on the back side of the paper). A wooden pencil works best for this.
Flip the paper back over, so the print side is facing up. Position the paper on the sign, where you’d like to transfer the lettering. Once you are sure of the positioning, you can use tape to secure the paper in place. Pressing firmly, use a ball point pen to trace the outline of the word onto the sign. Double check that the word transferred before completely removing the paper, as you may need to trace it once more.
Continue this process until you have transferred all lettering onto your sign.
Use your paint pen to fill in the outline. This takes time, and patience. Try to use short, light strokes to ensure that the paint stays within the lines!
And that is it! A few dollars and a few hours, and you have a personalized DIY No Soliciting sign!