The problem is that we get packages from the UPS or FedEx man somewhat frequently, so I do have to check to see who's at the door. Also, we have a barky little dachshund to alert us to visitors and of course the boys go running to see anytime there's a knock. So people know that someone is home. And they wait. And I guess I'm just too polite to walk away after someone waves and smiles through the window.
I decided to be one of those people and put up a No Soliciting sign. I feel a little rude about this, though, so I also decided to add a "welcome" sign to the door itself and some cheerful flowers. Somehow letting people I actually want to knock on the door know that I want them to be here compensates for telling everyone else to go away.
I added "please" to the sign to make it a little more polite and I put it right under the doorbell, so I think there's no excuse not to see it. I guess the only way to find out if it works is to wait and see if solicitors are still ringing the bell. At that point, is it rude to ask if they can read or not?
1. To make your own sign, determine what shape you would like and make a template. Trace with a dark marker onto fiberboard.
2. Using your jigsaw, cut the traced portion out of the bigger piece of fiberboard and cut out another piece of similar size. Stack the pieces with the design on top and clamp to a work table.
3. Using the jigsaw and a steady hand, slowly cut around the design through both pieces simultaneously. You will need to un-clamp and shift the boards a number of times to get the best angle to cut, so make sure that the boards don't shift apart when you do this.
4. One piece will be the bottom of the sign, so leave as is. Take the piece you are using for the top and draw the next cut line around the piece, about an inch from the edge.
5. Using a drill bit wider than your jigsaw blade, drill a hole near the inside cut line. Starting in the hole, use the jigsaw to cut around the inside of the piece.
6. Lightly sand all edges of both pieces.
7. Prime both pieces, then paint the frame portion of the sign black (or some other dark color) and the bottom of the sign a light color. Allow to fully dry.
8. Add letters--I cut out letters in vinyl with my Cricut machine, but you could also use rub-on letters.
9. Wood glue the pieces together and add weight or clamp until the glue is dry to ensure maximum adhesion. I attached the sign to the house with Command adhesive strips which do not adhere to the textured back of fiberboard, so I glued a scrap of fiberboard to the back of the sign, textured side to textured side leaving me a smooth surface to attach the adhesive strips to.
Now I have a lovely little sign that will hopefully keep unwanted visitors away. The beauty is that if it doesn't work, I can just peel the vinyl letters off and use it for something else. I love multi-use things, don't you?
Do you own any power tools? Do you ever use them?