How to make an introvert door sign. This “no small talk” sign will say what you are really thinking.
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As part of this month’s “thrift store” challenge, I decided to post about the introvert sign that I created… a while ago. It’s been hanging around in my sewing room, waiting for a few final touches.
This sign evolved from a set of cabinets that I bought from the Restore, a thrift store specifically for furniture and construction type products like cabinets, door knobs, lighting, etc.
We’ve bought used cabinets from the store quite a few times to save money, such as the cabinet we used for our DIY Arcade Machine and the cabinets I used in our closet organization system. The sign is an upcycled door from one cabinet that we purchased. And goodness, I can’t even remember what I used the base for.
For the record, I love people. I just love people in small doses because I’m an introvert and peopling really, really exhausts me.
- Cricut design from DIYDanielle.com
- Old cabinet door
- Paint for the door
- Lace/Burlap Ribbon
- Cricut Maker™
- Cutting mat
- Weeding tool
- Outdoor Vinyl from Cricut
- Transfer paper
How to Make an Introvert Door Sign
I started with an old cabinet door.
First I added extra holes to each side where the hinges used to be, using a drill bit. This will give you something to thread ribbon through later to hang it. Sand the area around the holes if needed. As you can see in the photos below, I actually added my screw holes after painting. Do as I say, not as I do.
Paint with the paint of your choice. You probably will want to read these tips on applying vinyl to wood and choose your painting supplies accordingly. Personally, I painted these with Rustoleum 2x Painter’s Touch spray paint, something I had laying around because I use it for painting plastic.
My vinyl didn’t stick as well because I didn’t read that article before making them (wink). It works, but I recommend taking the path of least resistance.
Once your paint has dried, you can now apply your vinyl using your transfer paper.
Last, thread your ribbon through and hang!
Optional Step: Adding Flowers
You can add paper flowers or make fabric flowers like I did. I bought this “pattern” for my Cricut Maker and it cut the flowers out for me. The blue ones are made from upcycled denim jeans… they’re the bottoms of my son’s jeans that I cut off to make shorts. The multicolor flowers are made from some cotton fabric that I got while attending the Snap Conference for craft bloggers.
I used my serger to gather the flowers, but you could use a sewing machine too as stated in the directions for the pattern.
Once gathered, I moved the pieces around just how I wanted them then hand sewed them in the middle, finally sewing a button on.
You can hot glue your flowers to your sign.
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Introvert Door Sign
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.