Please Knock Baby Is Sleeping Sign

I  have been trying for the last hour to get the baby to sleep…

He’s finally is out…



After having babies I have wanted to disconnect my door bell many times!

How do people know when I put the baby down?

How do they know when to ring the door bell within 5 minutes of my baby falling asleep?

SO here is a solution that has worked…not to mention my entire neighborhood has one because I give this as a baby gift now! (and it doesn’t cost a lot to make!!!:)

I should have done this with baby number 1!

Please Knock Baby is Sleeping Sign Tutorial

please knock baby is sleeping

I used scrap wood.  All different kinds, but they are all about 6×6 give or take an inch.

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Choose paper.  10 steps to perfect modpodging if you need it:)

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Cut and apply Vinyl.  ‘Please Knock…Baby is Sleeping’

Use any font you like.  If you need a little vinyl 101 check out the post.

If you need a vinyl lady click here.

If you need just vinyl click here

and if you want to become a vinyl lady:) and get a cutter WAIT…until Wednesday.

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please knock baby is sleepingDrill a hole in the top corners and stick wire through.  This is the wire that I use for all my projects.  It’s nice using stuff that I already have.  The wire just needs to be wire.  Nothing fancy.  I got mine at Lowe’s for $7 a spool and it lasts a long while!

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Stain edges, add ribbon, and make in bulk because you know your friend is going to steal yours when she sees it!

I also made one that said ‘Please Knock…Mama is Sleeping’ for a prego friend!

The sign helps a TON!  I love it.  The only one that can’t figure it out though is my UPS man.  The neighbor kids know to knock…I wonder why he can’t?

Okay, on with the fun part…the first 5 people who leave a comment will win the vinyl for ‘Please Knock Baby is Sleeping’ sign.

Woot Woot Free Stuff…Love it!

Please Knock Baby Is Sleeping Sign

    1. May 10th, 2010 at 5:57 am
      Briana N. in MN says:
      Awesome! I love the sign!
    2. May 10th, 2010 at 6:01 am
      Kandra Young says:
      I love that sign! Great idea... one day I'll have a vinyl cutter!!! :)
    3. May 10th, 2010 at 6:02 am
      Erica says:
      Much more sophisticated than my post-it on the doorbell!
    4. May 10th, 2010 at 6:04 am
      Kasey L says:
      LOVE THIS!!!!! Great idea!
    5. May 10th, 2010 at 6:07 am
      Laura W. says:
      I need this!
    6. May 10th, 2010 at 6:07 am
      Marie says:
    7. May 10th, 2010 at 6:08 am
      Sharon says:
      I think my heart starts beating fast after the baby goes to sleep, hoping that the my door will not be rang upon. This is a cute idea!
    8. May 10th, 2010 at 6:10 am
      Jenn says:
      This is fantastic! Thanks so much for the tutorial. What is it with people always coming by or phoning whenever I put my tot down? I also wonder if there's any connection to kids not sleeping whenever mommy has a million things to do :)
    9. May 10th, 2010 at 6:11 am
      Natasha says:
      Sooo cute!!!
    10. May 10th, 2010 at 6:13 am
      Lynn says:
      wooops.....thought it meant first 5 on the facebook page.
    11. May 10th, 2010 at 6:17 am
      Melanie @ Whimsical Creations says:
      What a fabulous idea!! LOVE IT!
      .-= Melanie @ Whimsical Creations´s last blog ..My Mother. =-.
    12. May 10th, 2010 at 6:29 am
      Marianne says:
      I love it! Only, I'd change it to: Do Not Disturb Baby is Sleeping because my dogs bark when someone knocks =)
      .-= Marianne´s last blog ..Snow fun! =-.
    13. May 10th, 2010 at 6:36 am
      Sarah E. says:
      Super cute, love it!
    14. May 10th, 2010 at 7:07 am
      Ashley says:
      Those are sooooo cute!!!
    15. May 10th, 2010 at 7:22 am
      Andrea Leland says:
      this is such a wonderful idea! Every time I see a new tutorial from How Does She, I want to run out and get the stuff to make my own. I love this idea to go along with a baby gift.
      If we email your vinyl lady, will she be able to duplicate the vinyl lettering from this post?
      I want to get my own vinyl cutter but I can't convince my husband it is necessary yet :)
      .-= Andrea Leland´s last blog ..Homemade Baby Gifts =-.
      • May 10th, 2010 at 7:45 pm
        Alison says:
        Ya...more than likely! Just show her the picture. Amy from knows these fonts:)
    16. May 10th, 2010 at 7:30 am
      Liz@HoosierHomemade says:
      I don't have any babies in my house, but I think they would be cute with anything written on them.
      Thanks for the great tutorial!
      .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Weekly Menu Plan ~ Meatballs in Gravy =-.
    17. May 10th, 2010 at 7:53 am
      SteviKay White says:
      so cute... I need one...
    18. May 10th, 2010 at 8:08 am
      Philip says:
      Looks great! Did something similar (not nearly as creative) with our kids. Then again, we don't get that much door traffic as we live out in the country. I love the vinyl though. You may convince me to try it yet. :-)
      .-= Philip´s last blog ..Healthy Granola Bars =-.
    19. May 10th, 2010 at 9:27 am
      sage says:
      I've seen this done with magnets on the back so they stick to apartment doors. I love to give these as presents!
    20. May 10th, 2010 at 9:44 am
      Amber says:
      I need one of these!!! Thanks for the chance to win one because I'm sure not crafty enough to make one, lol. :)
    21. May 10th, 2010 at 10:04 am
      JJ says:
      Cute cute cute!
    22. May 10th, 2010 at 10:28 am
      Kristin says:
      The UPS guy always seems to come right when my kids are falling asleep! They don't even need to ring the doorbell. I always thought I needed something like this sign!
    23. May 10th, 2010 at 11:40 am
      Kendra @My Insanity says:
      Oh I need this! My babe is one week old, and I need the sleep as much as he does!
      .-= Kendra @My Insanity´s last blog ..Mothers Day 2010 =-.
    24. May 10th, 2010 at 11:47 am
      Heather Tucker says:
      ADORABLE! Such a great idea! :-)
    25. May 10th, 2010 at 11:50 am
      Lydia W says:
      That is so darn cute ..What a FAB idea!!
    26. May 10th, 2010 at 11:54 am
      Stephanie Walter says:
      So super cute!
    27. May 10th, 2010 at 11:59 am
      Melissa says:
      That is a great idea! My dad is a UPS man. His knock is usally louder than the doorbell, but if he saw this sign he would still knock. ;D
      .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.
    28. May 10th, 2010 at 12:00 pm
      Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue says:
      Your signs are adorable!
      .-= Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue´s last blog ..A Girl Can Never Have Enough Shoes Challenge =-.
    29. May 10th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
      Bridgette says:
      I totally hear you on the doorbell thing! After my 1st was born I covered up the ringer with a "Baby Sleeping" Sticker. People still pushed it! Then I got smart & disconnected it. This sign is super cute. I totally love it! And I love that I feel a little less wacky about the whole "don't ring my doorbell!!" thing. :-)
    30. May 10th, 2010 at 12:06 pm
      Amanda says:
      Yes way better than my piece of notebook paper and scotch tape..LOL!!
    31. May 10th, 2010 at 12:26 pm
      Nicole says:
      Love this idea!! I needed one of these years ago. I ended up just taping a sign on the door but that still didn't work so eventually we did disconnect doorbell. lol Very pretty!!
      .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Washer Necklace =-.
    32. May 10th, 2010 at 12:40 pm
      Patty Whipple says:
      Cute. Tuck a "finally" in there to exaggerate the hint!!
    33. May 10th, 2010 at 1:02 pm
      Brandy Carlson says:
      I thought this only happened to me. Not even a sign seems to stop them. :(
    34. May 10th, 2010 at 1:27 pm
      April says:
      I'll buy one from you!!! :) SO CUTE!
      • May 10th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
        Alison says:
        Contact Amy from She will get one for you:)
        • April 19th, 2011 at 1:17 pm
          Micha McPheron says:
          Is it possible to buy one of these signs???
          • April 19th, 2011 at 9:11 pm
            Alison says:
            :) We are too busy posting to make them. Thanks for your HUGE compliment though!!
    35. May 10th, 2010 at 1:36 pm
      Kelley says:
      Awesome...I have got to make that for my sister.
      .-= Kelley´s last blog ..Aloha Friday and Follow Friday..... =-.
    36. May 10th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
      Betty Giron says:
      Love this sign!! Hope I win....
    37. May 10th, 2010 at 2:15 pm
      Jane T says:
      I don't think I made it, but that is a darling idea.
    38. May 10th, 2010 at 2:45 pm
      Kristina says:
      Cute idea. I have some friends I could make that for.
    39. May 10th, 2010 at 3:43 pm
      Carol says:
      That is adorable and so needed for a new mom! I'm invited to a baby shower soon--what a great idea for a gift.
      .-= Carol´s last blog ..Happy Mother's Day =-.
    40. May 10th, 2010 at 7:06 pm
      Tanya says:
      I need one of those for my durn mailman. He is the loudest knocker then doorbell ringer I have ever heard! UGH!

      Very cute!
    41. May 10th, 2010 at 7:36 pm
      monica says:
      awesome! can i just buy one from you???
      • May 11th, 2010 at 6:34 am
        Alison says:
        Your comments are making me laugh:) We should totally open up a shop, but we are too busy trying to think of the next thing to post:) Contact Amy from and I bet you can talk her into it:)
    42. May 10th, 2010 at 8:59 pm
      emily says:
      what is this monstrous announcement??? I just ordered a Silhouette. Please tell me I didn't make a mistake!
      • May 10th, 2010 at 9:50 pm
        Alison says: didn't make a mistake:) It's a good thing we promise!!!
    43. May 10th, 2010 at 10:28 pm
      Harriet says:
      Lovely, I'm off to make some for my daughters for Mother's Day (last Sunday in May over here) - thank you.
    44. May 11th, 2010 at 12:10 am
      Ashleigh Ashby says:
      I love these things! They have been a huge life saver in my house. It is still one of the best gifts I have ever recieved. Thank you Alison!! I still put mine up even now that my baby is now a toddler and when she is wide awake. I just like it when people knock and this sign is a great excuse on why they should!
    45. May 11th, 2010 at 7:46 am
      Tammy Moore: Mama Bear Stamps says:
      This is fabulous! I need to make one of these for a friend about to have a baby. TFS!
      .-= Tammy Moore: Mama Bear Stamps´s last blog ..Simple Birthday Thanks Versitility =-.
    46. May 11th, 2010 at 7:58 am
      Loli says:
      Awesome. I wish I lived in a house instead of an appartment. Any ideas on that?
    47. May 11th, 2010 at 6:53 pm
      Ashley says:
      that is so adorable! I love it! I will have to make one!
    48. May 11th, 2010 at 11:52 pm
      Angie Smith says:
      I have some scrap wood that will be perfect for this! I think my house emits a signal that begs people to ring the doorbell during naptime. I just happen to have some baby gifts I need to be making right now, too! :)
    49. May 12th, 2010 at 8:35 pm
      Beckie says:
      I sooo need one of these. The neighbor boys ring the doorbell daily to ask if they can play on the trampoline...have any leftover cut out? I stumbled you like a good girl ;-)
      .-= Beckie´s last blog ..Snipped and Saved Posts =-.
    50. May 12th, 2010 at 10:03 pm
      Bonnie @ House of Grace says:
      Great job! I really like your work! I can't wait to read your other posts. I am your newest follower.
    51. May 13th, 2010 at 11:20 am
      tammylee says:
      I think that if i were to make one of these it would read "Baby is Sleeping & I am too....GO AWAY!" LOL
    52. May 13th, 2010 at 4:46 pm
      teresa says:
      wonderful idea....wish I had thought of that 15 years ago when I had small one.
      Thanks for sharing.
    53. May 13th, 2010 at 5:53 pm
      Natalie Johnson says:
      This is the cutest and most polite way to keep your baby sleeping. I always appreciate it when I see things like this because I'm a mom and can appreciate the accomplishment it is to get your little one down for a nap.--Those are treasured moments!

      On another note, I think a permanent PLEASE KNOCK sign would be a great addition to my porch. My doorbell is rarely heard (maybe I'm going deaf?) and I usually don't get to the door until someone knocks, anyway. ~Mark that one on my priority craft list!
    54. May 13th, 2010 at 9:54 pm
      ashlee says:
      These are just GREAT I wish I'd had one when my 4 babies were little. If I ever have another one I'll have to make it (two sided for the mama sleeging one too!
      .-= ashlee´s last blog ..Ruffled ombre adult shirt =-.
    55. May 13th, 2010 at 10:44 pm
      Mary says:
      I know you said use any font you like...which one did you use? I have a silhouette and you are inspiring me to use it more than I have in the past. Love your blog!!
    56. May 14th, 2010 at 6:14 am
      TidyMom says:
      I have a niece due with her first baby any day.....maybe I'll make one of these for them!! LOVE it!!

      Thanks for linking up!♥
      .-= TidyMom´s last blog ..I'm Lovin' It - Garage Sale Tracker {There's an App for that!} =-.
    57. May 15th, 2010 at 5:38 am
      Doris Parker says:
      I am new to blogging as I made my first of projects so i can participate.. and am discovering all these cool sites of interest! LET me say - this site is the coolest!! a follower I have become!
      the baby signs - are the cutest..... I bet ones imagination could really go from here... I watch my grandkids and yup.. as soon as baby is asleep.. here comes neighborhood kids. :)
      .-= Doris Parker´s last blog ..Obsessed with Scrapbooking =-.
    58. May 15th, 2010 at 11:47 am
      April says:
      So cute. What font did you use and can i create this is i go buy the vinyl at Michael's or JoAnn's Fabrics? I don't have a clue on how to use or print on Vinyl. Is that something i can print on my computer?
    59. May 15th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
      Vicki says:
      The fonts are perfect! May I ask what they are?
    60. June 15th, 2010 at 12:04 pm
      Jane says:
      Hi There!!! Could I pay you to make one for me???
    61. July 11th, 2010 at 6:36 am
      Shannon Spath says:
      Your font choice is perfect! What fonts did you use?
      • July 11th, 2010 at 12:46 pm
        Alison says:
        Peas Chunky and Peas Bonnie Script:)
        • July 6th, 2011 at 4:38 pm
          Ashley says:
          ooo thank you! I needed the Bonnie Script! I love it! :)
    62. October 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm
      Angie says:
      So after seeing several of these cute ideas on your site, I bought a silhouette. I'm wondering which fonts you used to create this sign? The fonts that come with the software just don't look as cute.

      • October 31st, 2010 at 9:33 pm
        Alison says: Peas for fonts. They have a rocking selection and they are free!
    63. December 10th, 2010 at 10:18 pm
      jordan.ashleym says:
      I was wondering... I love all of your crafts, but how do you make your scrapbook paper look ripped? I would be afraid if I actually ripped the paper, it would totally mess up. Thanks for all the great ideas!
      • December 15th, 2010 at 6:37 am
        Alison says:
        I really just rip it. Practice on a couple of scraps first. You'll get it:)
    64. February 25th, 2011 at 8:14 am
      Ruby1977 says:
      How do you make the edges looked "burned"/singed like they do in these signs? It makes it look even more rustic and I love it.
      • February 25th, 2011 at 9:43 am
        Alison says:
        Just use stain on the edges:) It's easy!
    65. March 29th, 2011 at 5:22 am
      Irma says:
      Oh my god these are gorgeous!!! I would love to buy one in blue please let me know if that would be possible.
    66. June 26th, 2011 at 2:54 am
      I made something similar when my son was an infant. I too still get the UPS man and sometimes the FEDEX guy ringing the dang bell..
      Love that you made it hard wood... Mine was just laminated piece of paper.
    67. July 13th, 2011 at 12:39 pm
      Sarah says:
      I suggest hanging it OVER the door bell :) That way the UPS guy doesn't ring the bell before reading it
    68. September 18th, 2011 at 7:03 am
      Gunda says:
      I just ordered a Silhouette SD and vinyl! I can't wait to begin! What size of fonts did you use on this sign?
      • September 19th, 2011 at 7:55 am
        Alison says:
        Oh...not sure:) Just size the font to the size of board you have.
    69. November 20th, 2011 at 4:50 pm
      Gunda Mattys says:
      I have a modpodge question to do with these signs. Do you apply a thin layer of modpodge over the top of the paper to seal it? Is this necessary? We get heavy rain here on occasion and my sign on my front door got wet, it didn't get ruined, it only made the distressed ink run a little (which made it look cooler). I have now switched to decking stain to avoid any future problems. But, it would be really nice if I didn't have to do modpodge on top of the paper to protect if from rain.

      Thanks for all your help! The business is starting to take off, slowly, but still taking off :)

      Gunda Jarvis Mattys
    70. December 30th, 2011 at 6:52 am
      Ashley says:
      Where do you get all this scrap wood? I have the hardest time finding scrap wood and wood blocks!
    71. January 23rd, 2012 at 5:21 pm
      Debbie Cash says:
      I LOVE this idea. I care for small children in my home. As soon as naptime comes around, someone comes to the door!!!!! This sign would be very helpful. Now, what can we do about the phone??????????
    72. February 15th, 2012 at 8:38 am
      Kim Adams says:
      LOVE IT!!!!
    73. March 26th, 2012 at 7:13 am
      Alex says:
      Can I just buy one from you?
      • March 26th, 2012 at 11:53 am
        Shelley says:
        Sorry, theses aren't for sale. :( You might be able to find someone to make one for you?
    74. April 25th, 2012 at 2:33 pm
      Brittany says:
      LOVE LOVE this idea! I just made a personalized version for a friend's upcoming baby shower. Quick question though, what kind of wire is it that you use? I have scoured Lowe's and have not been able to find anything similar. Thanks for the great post :)
    75. April 27th, 2014 at 9:06 am
      Alyssa says:
      I'm new to this crafting stuff...what kind of wire is used? Also do you mod podge over the paper or just under it? If you mod podge over the paper, do you do it over the vinyl letters as well? Thanks for your help. I love these signs!!
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