Laundry Sign

posted on July 9, 2010 by  |  posted under Cleaning, Crafting, Decorating  |  61 Comments

Make a Laundry Room Sign

Back when HowDoesShe was a wee 7 days old, Alison created an adorable Laundry Room sign.  We pulled it from our archives knowing most of you probably haven’t seen it. Make a Laundry Room SignSuper cute right?!  I just made one and gave it to my mother-in law as a house warming gift.

Now, back when, we didn’t know to take a bjillion pictures of our projects as we did them, so you only get one. 😉  Here are some detailed instructions on how to make this easy project:

1.  Use a 1×8  pine board and cut it 12 inches long.  Just ask at any Lowe’s/Home Depot…they will know what you are talking about and most will cut it for you!

2.  Mod Podge on your favorite paper (Click here for 10 steps for perfect mod podging)

3.  Sand the edges down (just use any sandpaper)

4.  Stain the edges (I used an antique stamp pad from Michaels)

5.  Apply Vinyl towards the bottom of the board. Use your Silhouette or if you need pre-cut custom vinyl, The vinyl is 6.5 inches tall and 11 inches long.  The ‘The Laundry Room” font is in ‘Narkism’ and the ‘Loads of Fun’ is in a scrolly font).

6.  Drill 2 holes in the top.

7.  String ribbon through the holes (I used a 1 inch cream satin ribbon…no wire)

8.  Tie on your rod handle.  If you can’t find any rod handles…you can just use ribbon.

9.  Hang it with pride!  Or, make a few and give them to friends!


We’re linking up to these parties!

Now only if LAUNDRY truly was ‘Loads of Fun’ 😉

Make a Laundry Room Sign

    1. November 24th, 2009 at 5:50 am
      Shanade says:
      I absolutely love this!!! I need to make one. I've been looking for a cute laundry room sign and haven't found one that I love until now. Thanks for the idea.
      • July 11th, 2010 at 10:08 pm
        Alison says:
        YAY! I'm glad you like it! We'd love to see it when yours is finished!!!
    2. July 9th, 2010 at 9:38 am
      Amber says:
      This is a good one, I will be making one!
    3. July 9th, 2010 at 9:45 am
      Pam @diy Design Fanatic says:
      I need to make one of those! My laundry room could use a great sign!
      .-= Pam @diy Design Fanatic´s last blog ..A Busy Week =-.
    4. July 9th, 2010 at 11:00 am
      Kari @ Ucreate says:
      I love this and how simple it is!
      I'm so making one!
      .-= Kari @ Ucreate´s last blog ..Creative Guest- Hanging Storage Baskets by The Mother Huddle =-.
    5. July 9th, 2010 at 12:48 pm
      Kat Moss says:
      So I wonder if I could print this out onto pretty paper and then ModPodge it on? Since I don't have a Silhoutte...and am too cheap to buy vinyl! I could buy a couple pieces of paper though - that's ok w/my budget.

      • July 9th, 2010 at 1:07 pm
        Alison says:
        Let us know if it turns out!!! I would love to see it!!
      • July 9th, 2010 at 4:12 pm
        Cori says:
        I have done this on a past project and it turned out fine... One thing to be careful of is that when I modpodged on top of the printed-on paper the ink smeared just a bit. Don't remember if it wasn't yet dry or if it was only certain colors, so it might not happen for you; just wanted to give you a heads up.
        • July 10th, 2010 at 8:56 am
          Alison says:
          Thanks Cori! I usually don't mod podge over the paper so I didn't know about that! I just like to keep it hidden:) Thanks for the heads up if I decide to try it though. I would hate to have it smeared!!!
    6. July 9th, 2010 at 3:21 pm
      Kasey says:
      Very cute. I really should get one of those machines!!!
      .-= Kasey´s last blog ..Cicadas Everywhere- =-.
    7. July 9th, 2010 at 3:46 pm
      Tessa says:
      That is sooo precious! two :) CUTE!

      Shopper Gal
      .-= Tessa´s last blog ..Top 10 things a girl should own… =-.
    8. July 9th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
      Natalie Johnson says:
      This really is the cutest sign.... and I love that it is vinyl on a finished board rather than permanently on a wall. My family seems to move frequently so it's a lot less hassle to decorate with these kinds of crafts. Thanks for the set-by-step info!
    9. July 9th, 2010 at 5:37 pm
      Jennifer Hansen says:
      I love that saying! Cute sign!
    10. July 10th, 2010 at 4:11 am
      Amy says:
      But it certainly could be fun with a cute sign like this in there!!
      Thanks for reposting this - it's terrific!
    11. July 10th, 2010 at 9:22 am
      Maria D. says:
      That is too cute! Since this is laundry-related, it counts as doing laundry, right? ;-)
      .-= Maria D.´s last blog ..Use It Up- Wear It Out- 15 Bean Soup =-.
      • July 11th, 2010 at 10:07 pm
        Alison says:
        I sure hope so!!!
    12. July 10th, 2010 at 8:35 pm
      Sarah says:
      So adorable! I actually have a real laundry room {not just a closet} and just told my husband I want to make this for the door. Love it!
    13. July 12th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
      Lori says:
      I can't wait to try this - thanks so much! Linked to you:
    14. July 12th, 2010 at 2:15 pm
      Brittney says:
      I am making some of these. . .but can't find the rod iron ANYWHERE! Our local craft store doesn't have them . . . Please help me! Where can I get some from!?
      .-= Brittney´s last blog ..Scent Tease Candle Company =-.
    15. July 13th, 2010 at 1:07 am
      ashlee says:
      SUPER cute, just like EVERYTHING you do! I've been a lurker for quite some time here. We're remodeling our basement now and I'll be getting a kitchen and laundry room. I can't wait until it's done so I can find some great vinyl phrase to put up. This one is going on my list of possibilities! I just started a link party of my own and I would LOVE it if you'd consider adding your crafts to it! I know that the parties take time, I've even cut back on the ones I participate in. But I'm having flower headband giveaway as incentive!
    16. July 13th, 2010 at 11:50 am
      kelly says:
      I love this sign. I cannot wait to try and make one on my own. thanks so much
    17. July 13th, 2010 at 12:14 pm
      Nancy says:
      I love this and need to just get in the car and go to Lowe's!! I haven't used the vinyl on a wooden sign, but you have given me some wonderful ideas..thanks so much!!
    18. July 13th, 2010 at 11:44 pm
      Marni Bringhurst says:
      I featured this at Sassy Sites!! I love your blog!!! :)
    19. July 14th, 2010 at 9:11 am
      Donna says:
      I love this sign! I have a Silhouette but have not cut vinyl with it yet. Thanks for all the ideas you share.
    20. July 14th, 2010 at 9:26 am
      Donna says:
      Just had a question on the font used. It shows Narkism but when I search it asks do you mean Narkisim? Narkisim comes up in Hebrew! (not English) Do you know where you found the font? Thanks.
    21. July 14th, 2010 at 9:53 am
      Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:
      That is adorable!
    22. July 16th, 2010 at 6:09 am
      Annalisa says:
    23. July 16th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
      Diana says:
      This is amazing!!! I'll be using this one soon!! thanks!
      .-= Diana´s last blog ..Third times a charm =-.
    24. July 18th, 2010 at 7:04 am
      Amanda says:
      Love it, I think my favorite part is how you use the paper first instead of just paint. Wonderful!
    25. July 21st, 2010 at 6:21 am
      Amanda says:
      I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

      Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

      If you would like a "featured by" button, let me know ;)
    26. July 21st, 2010 at 12:44 pm
      Mod Podge Amy says:
      This is so cute! I'm linking on Facebook. . .
      .-= Mod Podge Amy´s last blog ..Suspended cuteness in a jar =-.
    27. July 28th, 2010 at 9:36 pm
      ArtsyAnj says:
      I love this! I am going to make one this weekend! Thanks for sharing!
    28. August 9th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
      ashley says:
      I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I've been wanting to get a Silhouette for a while! I hope my husband is up for the idea too!
    29. August 20th, 2010 at 8:59 pm
      Vanessa says:
      Cute idea! What a great blog.
    30. August 26th, 2010 at 9:50 am
      Suzanne says:
      Can you please tell me what font was used for "Just for fun"please Thanks
      • August 26th, 2010 at 1:59 pm
        Alison says:
        You are going to kill me, but I don't remember. I think maybe it was tagetts. I did this craft a long time ago{{a few months ago and that's a long time for me}}. I got new program so I can't even check the old one. I am writing the fonts down now though so hopefully from now on I can get you the right fonts:)
    31. September 7th, 2010 at 1:06 pm
      Tracy says:
      Thank you so much for the step by step directions and the link to the vinyl letter store since I do not have a silhouette yet ; ). Is there any way to use a Cricut machine to cut vinyl?? Any idea where to get the hanger that you used to hang it?
      • September 14th, 2010 at 9:38 am
        Alison says:
        Make sure to check with your individual cutter to make sure it cuts vinyl, but most do! I got the hanger through email Amy and she will hook you up:)
    32. November 21st, 2010 at 1:42 pm
      Gary Carraghan says:
      This is such a simple and great idea, and it looks so adorable! Also, once you get the hang of it, it would make the perfect gift. Thanks for sharing
    33. December 9th, 2010 at 4:11 pm
      DoodleB says:
      The exact font for the "Loads of Fun" section is called S721-Script-Three, if anyone was wondering. :)

      Also, if anyone knows where to find those iron rod handles, I would greatly appreciate the tip!
      • February 3rd, 2011 at 10:00 pm
        Valerie says:
        It looks like an iron handle, but I'm pretty sure the wooden board is sitting on a wrought iron easel and what you see is the top of the easel.
        • February 4th, 2011 at 2:19 am
          Shelley says:
          It IS an iron handle. You can buy them here :)
    34. February 14th, 2011 at 7:19 pm
      Jennifer says:
      Where do you get the metal rod handles? I love that idea....I get bored of using ribbon and wire all the time. That is a really nice alternative.
    35. February 14th, 2011 at 7:22 pm
      Jennifer says:
      Where do you buy the metal rod handles?
    36. February 15th, 2011 at 8:38 am
      Jennifer says:
      Where do you get the metal hanging rod?
      • February 15th, 2011 at 10:43 am
        Alison says:
        Right Here:
    37. March 23rd, 2011 at 12:09 am
      Leslie says:
      Very cute but looks a lot like the vinyl from Uppercase Living? Love the idea of having it on a sign instead of just the vinyl on the wall and the handle is super fun!
    38. March 27th, 2012 at 8:00 am
      Clara says:
      Hi! I love your sign!! It is adorable! I have heard a lot about a Silhouette to cut out custom words. What is that and where can I get one?? Thanks!!
    39. May 21st, 2012 at 9:07 am
      Three Chicks & One Egg says:
      I love this sign! Thanks for the inspiration to complete one that I gave to my mom this Mother's Day! I have posted a link to your site on my Laundry Room tutorial.
    40. October 2nd, 2012 at 10:57 pm
      Debi says:
      Oh wow..!! you will not believe i just bought a new house and am decorating slowly taking my time .. this is one thing i have to do for it.. love it... where did you get your vinyl?
    41. April 25th, 2013 at 8:26 am
      Cassandra says:
      I am a bit confused on the vinyl part. I've never used vinyl and to tell you the truth, I'm a bit new to all of these DIY inventions! :) I am super excited to get started! I made my first ever SUCCESSFUL batch of laundry detergent yesterday. I am DEFINITELY going to try your laundry detergent (with Scentsy Washer Whiffs, I may use the Purex Crystals though since we are on a VERY tight budget with 3 small children and 1 income).
      I guess what I'm trying to ask is what is the best way for a newbie to try #5 of the Laundry Room sign?
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