Monday, August 22, 2011

Sssshhhh…..The Baby’s Sleeping!

It was inevitable in our house.  I’d just get the baby to sleep for her nap and not any sooner than I could get down the stairs, someone would knock on the door or ring the door bell (usually the FedEx guy).  The dogs would go crazy barking and about 10 seconds later, Emily would start crying.


What was my solution?


A super classy hot pink post-it note placed over the doorbell.

I’ve had this on my doorbell for MONTHS now! 

I hated that the note was so……blah.  I mean, it was on a hot pink post-it for cryin’ out loud.  Not cute.  Not to mention, the post-it would fade because of the sun and I’d have to write up another not-so-cute post-it to place over the door bell.

Well, I finally got tired of that whole scene and decided to make something a little more…..cute.  And a little more permanent.  Something that I could use for a while and that *hopefully won’t fade from the sun.


I think it turned out pretty darn cute!


- Plain wood rectangle (Hobby Lobby, 99 cents) or scrap piece of wood

- Krylon spray paint of your choice

- FolkArt antiquing medium

- Silhouette & vinyl or scrapbook letters

- Ribbon or wire or rope to hang your sign with

I started with a plain piece of thin wood board that I bought at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents.


Of course, if you have scrap wood or MDF laying around, that would work as well.

I also bought this antiquing glaze because I knew I wanted to give it some dimension and texture with that “distressed”/antique look.


I took my board outside and drilled 2 small holes on either side for the ribbon to go through.  In hindsight, I wish I would’ve used a larger drill bit because it was kind of hard to get the ribbon to go through those holes.  Then, I sprayed it with a few coats of Krylon’s Bahama Sea {LOOOOVE this color} in gloss.  After the spray paint had completely dried, I brought my board inside and rubbed some of the antiquing glaze on top with a paper towel.  I wiped it off in circular motion right after.  {Sorry I don’t have any pics of these steps.  They’re pretty self-explanatory.}

I then made the text for my words in Silhouette Studio.  If you don’t have a Silhouette, scrapbook stickers would do the trick too.  Here’s after “weeding” my vinyl and getting it ready for placement:


Don’t ask me why it didn’t cut out the word “sleeping” but it didn’t.  No clue why.  I had to go back afterwards and cut that word separately.

I used some contact paper to transfer my vinyl onto the wood board.  I then added my piece of ribbon and knotted it off!

And here she is:




So, what do you think?  Mamas, do you have a way you keep the FedEx man from waking your baby up?  I’d love to hear it!


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  1. I love your sign! I have a 3 year old, 2 year old, and a newborn... so I've been fighting this battle for a few years now! After replacing sheet after sheet of paper reminders (which were ignored over and over again), I finally just waiting until he came, opened the door before he could knock, and then simply explained the situation. The guy was SOOOO nice- he had a new baby too- and said he would do his best to remember. AND HE HAS!! But I love the sign- and it would be great for EVERYONE else (neighbors, mail man, etc) who doesn't know. Can't wait to try out that antique medium!

  2. Hi Amy!

    I just noticed you linked up to my Blog Frog and thought I'd pop on over for a visit :)

    I think that sign is a perfect solution for that enternal problem... door bells and dogs waking up the baby!

    I have a Bunny Hop party every Wednesday and would like to invite you to share this cute sign.
    The linky is up and running every Tuesday evening for that weeks party.

    I hope to see you soon ;)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Home to Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  3. The sign is great, and I definitely understand the doorbell ringing thing. (I wish I could have one of those things for my phone!) But I had a question... (and I don't mean this in a harsh way or anything, I'm honestly wondering) what is the FedEx guy supposed to do if a package requires a signature? I would think a soft knock would be okay? Although the dogs do complicate things.

  4. What a cute idea! Your sign turned out wonderful. My friend is expecting soon so maybe I should make her one of these signs. I love your blog and I am your newest follower.


  5. LOVE THAT!!! Wish I would have thought of that when mine were younger. Wait, did I just say that?!?! Where did my babies go?!? =( LOL

  6. I have wanted to make one of these ever since I saw on Pinterest! I feel like people ALWAYS ring my doorbell as soon as Grayson falls asleep. I just might make one now...except I won't have your cute letters!

  7. Super cute! Wish I would have had one of these when my kids were babies!!

  8. I did the same thing when the kids were small. Love your sign.

    I get so much inspiration by visiting these blogs. Ladies you all have Talent.


  9. Love it! I have been meaning to do this for a long time. Now if I only had a silhouette!

  10. Tee hee! I have something a little better than your pink post it up, but not as good as your plaque. Thanks for the inspiration! - Jess at OlyMomma

  11. This is adorable. I've fought that battle and it's not a fun one. I did the Post-It note too. I used probably a whole stack solely for the doorbell within six months (it's really windy here and the note would blow away all the time). I'll have to remember the more permanent solution when our new baby comes in February. Thanks for sharing. PS I love the fonts you used.

    If you'd like to share this at my link party this weekend, I'd love to have you. Found you via Shabby Nest.

    Krista @ While He Was Napping

  12. Oh man. This is awesome. I really could have used one of this. Then the only battle would be keeping the other kids from waking up the baby.

  13. Can I just mention that I totally have an even UGLIER post it on my door right now? This is such a good idea!! thanks for the tips!

  14. I will sooooo be doing this for our next child. It seemed like solicitors came out of the woodwork when we first had our baby. The door bell rang every stinking day. Always as soon as she finally feel asleep :( This would make life so much easier!


  15. This cute little sign is going to be "copied" for every baby shower I attend from now on!!!! Love it!! We do not have little ones yet, so I practice all my blog finds in my nieces, nephews, and friends' little ones!!! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I made a sign similar to this but yours is way cuter! Isn't it always right after the baby goes down for a nap?! So annoying. My brother just disconnected his doorbell so it wouldn't ever get rung! Anyways, love your sign :)


  17. Wow this sign is ADORABLE! I love it!!

    Please feel free to link it up to my new Make Yourself Monday Blog Hop! :o)


  18. We need one SO badly! Whenever we recieve a package that does not fit in the mailbox, the mail carrier rings the bell, leaves the package in front of the door and drives off. Thoughtful. but wakes up my little girl EVERYTIME.

  19. I love it! It is adorable! :) I wish I had a baby so I could make one...okay maybe not quite yet! :)

    Found you at The Girl Creative linky party!

    I'm a new follower and looking forward to hearing more from you!!!

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  20. Such a great idea! My friends & family are pretty good about not waking the baby, but the darn Fedex & UPS are ALWAYS ringing my doorbell :-(

  21. such a great sign...i'll have to keep it in mind when we decide to have baby number 2

  22. That is GENIUS!

    I wish I had thought of that when my babies (*sniff*) still took naps!

  23. What a perfect idea! I love that you made it look distressed too, great touch. I totally needed this with my "light sleeper" first son. Btw, new follower :)

  24. Boy, did I need that when my boys were little and still napped. My 2 going on 6 year old doesn't think he needs a nap, but DOES.

    Love the sign! It should be given at every baby shower!

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice. Hope to see you there!

  25. Um, this is ADORABLE! can you make me one? i am due in March and would have loved to have one of these the last time around. you could sooo sell these on Etsy!

  26. So cute! I need one of these so my 4 week old will stay asleep! Tiffany viavTTJ

  27. I think this idea is genius!! And what a cute way to say what needs to be said without being offensive. I think MANY people will want to try this out :) So glad you shared it!

  28. BRILLIANT!!!!! I have gotten so angry at people for waking up the baby!! GREAT concept, execution and craftsmanship. You go!

  29. I totally think you should sell these! I have seen enough ugly post its on doors. Love! I am liking this on StumbleUpon.

    I am a new follower from the I Heart Nap Time Sundae Scoop. If you have a chance stop by and say hi!


  30. Brilliant idea! And I must say, the sign you made is super cuteeeee! Love it!

  31. Great idea! I love how it looks too. Love the ribbon and the lettering. I never thought of using that type of letter for a sign. I wish I had one of these when I had a sleeping baby. I'm visiting from Tatertots & Jello.

  32. Brilliant!! I wish I had thought of that when my daughter was a baby because the same thing happened here.


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