Written by: Renee Reiter
I am always surprised at how upset I get when the doorbell rings unexpectedly. It always seems to happen at the worst moments..you know…just got in the shower, in the middle of a nap, cooking/eating dinner…the list goes on and on because is there every really a good time to be bothered at home by a stranger? I guess my good graces and southern hospitality are only good during bankers hours should we say haha.
I recently had a friend ask me if I could make her a custom no soliciting sign because she has a 2 year old who goes down for naps during the day and the doorbell ringing at nap time has been a huge problem (I am sure most moms can relate to the struggles of keeping a quiet house during nap time).
The sign pictured in the top left is the one I will be making today. I made the one on the right for a fellow blogger over at ALizAdventures. I wanted to show them both because you can see how the color, font and design choices really change the feel of the sign. One of my favorite things about making custom signs is that you can really tailor it to say what you want and convey the tone that best reflects your personality.
I am a little partial to using the pre-made metal shapes that Michael’s Craft Store has. Below are some of the shapes and sizes they had the store by my house. Wood could have worked also but I find that metal is easier because it doesn’t need to be sanded or sealed.
» My metal blank was $5.99. It was the perfect size and already had the rope attached for hanging. Bonus!
Here is the one I selected for my project. I put a ruler next to it so you could see the true size and scale. It was $5.99, the perfect size and already had the rope attached for hanging, Bonus!
I used vinyl lettering for the wording because I own a vinyl decal shop Dandelion Decals (shameless plug) but it’s also because vinyl is easy to use, durable and there is no dry time like with paint. Easy Peasy.
If you or a friend owns a craft cutter like a Silhouette or Cricut you can easily make your own decal. If not, consider ordering a custom decal for your sign from a decal shop like mine (another shameless plug) or when I need something custom I love to find another Etsy Shop that can help.
Since this sign was for a friend the wording was provided by her along with the instructions “make it cute, please”. So I just kept all of that in mind when designing the layout. Hence the “cute” font choices and the addition of the butterflies (you will see the butterflies later..they are super cute and in a fun lime green!) I thought that would help give an overall “cuteness” factor to the sign
Now that I have my decal I am ready to do the fun part. Making it! I trimmed away any excess from my decal so that it fit the shape I was working with. It makes it a lot easier to work with but be careful not to cut too close. You don’t want to cut off any of the words.
»Tip: I prepped the sign by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol to remove and dust or residue. A seemingly small step but important for ensuring your sign lasts for years and years to come.
Next I wanted to center and level the decal on the sign so that it would’t be crooked when I was done. You can certainly just “eye” it if you want to but it would personally drive me nuts if it came out a little off. Type A personality here!
Using a ruler I centered the decal by measuring from the actual words on the decal and not the sheet the decal is on. For this example the sheet the decal is on is blue and the actual decal is the white lettering. I kept measuring the left side and then the right making tiny adjustments as necessary until they were equal distance from the right and left edge of the sign.
Once centered apply two pieces of masking tape to the top left and right side of the decal. It’s important to use two pieces of tape and not one.
Next stand the sign up so that the bottom of it is flat and level on the surface your working on. Then lining up your level with a straight line or sentence on your decal check to see if it is level.
If un-level peel up the right side tape and move the right side up or down until level. Then place the tape back down. Leave the pieces of tape to act as a hinge during application.
In the slideshow below you can see where I actually applied the decal to my sign. I like to rub the decal over with my applicator first to make sure all of the letters are sticking to the transfer tape. then I slowly lifted the transfer tape and vinyl lettering away from the blue backing paper. Once complete I removed the backing paper and then laid the decal down on the sign. I rubbed really really good with my applicator and fingers to make sure the letters were sticking good. I then slowly removed the transfer tape to reveal my lettering!
Normally I would have be done after applying my decal but I made lime green butterfly accents for this sign that I still need to add.
The two triangles that you see in white on the sign are what I am using as registration marks so I can align my butterflies correctly.
Oops. I struggled to see the white triangles a little and wasn’t able to get them perfectly aligned. In the future I think having more light in the room would have helped. Luckily it didn’t have to be a perfect alignment this time so I decided to leave them as is.
Ahhhh, do you hear that? The blissful sounds of silence. Enjoy!!
We hope that you found helpful or inspiring tips that you can incorporate into your own life and crafting adventures. We encourage our readers to share their own projects in the comments as we absolutely LOVE seeing what others were inspired to create. We also kindly ask that comments stay polite and/or constructive.
– Sincerely Renee & Jessica