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Welcome Signs with Hand Sanitizer Reminders


Welcome, Signs for #TheNewNormal. Sanitizer Dispenser Decorations Reminders to Your Guests to use Hand Sanitizer. FREE PRINTABLE

What we would have considered clean enough before the health crisis. Is no longer up to par. We aren’t just taking other people’s word for it either! We want to “know” it has recently been sanitized, only touched by gloves, and has had the limited possibility of exposure to the virus! Before we sanitize it again our selves!


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The Number One Place We Want to Keep Clean are Our Homes

Due to the nature of quarantine. We have all developed a little bit of that, “it’s not clean unless I’ve cleaned it,” feeling. After all, we can’t control all the germs. We can only do our best to control the germs we pick up by touch and the germs we bring into our homes. You and your family members probably have your own personal routine for, “Ridding the germs from your hands and the shoes from your feet.” But, you can’t say the same for your guests, After all, they don’t live there.

Although, I’m sure your guests are doing their part to #stopthespread. Still, you can’t help that feeling of, “Its not clean unless I’ve cleaned it.” After all, you never know, what they came in contact with on the way to your house! 😉

So, it only makes sense! Our number one place we want to keep clean is our homes. Why wouldn’t you want to remind your guests to leave the street germs at the door!?!



Entryway Decorative Friendly Reminders. Ask your guest to put on hands sanitizer without actually asking them. Politely remind your guests to use hand sanitizer and remove their shoes upon entering your house.
Ask your guest to leave the street germs at the door, without actually asking them! Entryway Decor Decorative Friendly Reminders to Guests to use Hand Sanitizer

Welcome! Please Check Germs and Shoes at The Door.


The New Clean

Our behaviors of respect for not spreading germs have shifted #thenewnorm. A few months ago, you wouldn’t have dared to ask your guests to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Unless you were coming to see their newborn baby. Now, you wouldn’t be surprised if you were asked to put on a mask!

Today if you are invited into someone’s house and show no regard for your shoes or hands. They may consider it impolite.

The entire globe has gone through a health crisis and everyone has felt the consequences of germs. As quarantines are lifted and we begin to socialize again. Germs will be the top concern on everyone’s mind. Including your guests. Which means they should have no problem doing their part to minimize the number of germs they bring into your home; After all, wouldn’t they want the same respect at their house?

So, you have arrived at the conclusion that you would like your guests to remove their shoes and put on hand sanitizer.

Now for the tough part. How do you ask Your Guests?

Some may have no problem coming right out and stating their request to their guests. While on the other hand, others may feel uncomfortable giving their guests a command. As soon as they walk in the door. I completely understand! I do not feel 100% comfortable either.

Hand Sanitizer Sayings

Post COVID-19 Welcome Signs

This got me thinking! Which lead me to my design of some home decor accent pieces. I am naming them Decorative Reminders. A decorative accent piece that fits in with your style and politely states your request to your guests. While also camouflaging or decorating (whichever way you wanna slice it ;)) the hand sanitizer bottle. For in your front entryway, foyer, mudroom, command center, coat closet, side door, or back door, even in the garage! Set it on an accent table or hang it on the wall. No matter the location, a Decorative Reminder is a little visual notification, that it’s time to GermX.

The Decorative Reminders I Designed

If you want to make a Decorative Reminder of your own. I have included a FREE PRINTABLE with all the sayings! Don’t forget to get yours!

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Hand Sanitizer Welcome Signs Entryway Decorations with Friendly Reminders to Guests (and your family) to Disinfect.



What do You think!?!

I hope you liked my collection of Decorative Reminders and sayings! These are just an example of the endless possibilities of designs you can do. I used a very simple DIY method to create them. Which I have for you down below! Along with some other simple ideas. To make your own reminder that fits in with your style.


I am SO excited to pass along my idea! That I included a FREE PRINTABLE of ALL the Decorative Reminder Sayings for you!!! INCLUDING a BLACK FONT and WHITE FONT VERSION of each! So, you won’t have any trouble fitting into your design! Grab your freebie printable below!

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*Remember there is a black and white version of each. The pages that look blank have white text on them. You can refer to the file name to select the right one. If you highlight or click and drag your cursor over the page you can see the white text. Print out the one you want. *Remember to select only the page(s) you want to print in the page range section of the print screen so you don’t waste ink.


DIY a Sanitizer Reminder Decoration of Your Own

I hope you are feeling my #thenewnormal Welcome signs! Don’t forget to grab your free sayings! If not, write down your favorite saying to use later. Below you will find ideas for making your own Decorative Reminder with or without a printer! There are so many ways you can DIY the perfect GermX station for your home. Here is the easy method I used for the ones above. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive the newest ideas to your inbox!


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Simple DIY Method I used To Make Hand Sanitizer Reminder Accents

This is an easy DIY project using Mod-Podge. You will need the surface that you wish to “paste” your design onto. Just about any surface works with Mod-Podge; wood, a dry painted surface, paper, cardboard or foam board, glass, ceramic, acrylic, plastic, and even fabric.

First, get your FREE PRINTABLE SAYINGS, check your email and press CONFIRM. Go through the sayings and pick the one you want. *Remember there is a black and white version of each. The pages that look blank have white text on them. You can refer to the file name to select the right one. If you highlight or click and drag your cursor over the page you can see the white text. Print out the one you want. *Remember to select the page(s) you want to print in the page range section of the print screen so you don’t waste ink.

DIY Post COVID-19 Welcome Signs

Now, the part that makes this method easy, is the paper. The paper I used is called Vellum Paper. You can buy it at any Staples, Office Depot, Michaels, or other office supplies or arts and craft stores. It is like tracing paper, but thicker like card stock. It comes in standard letter size for easy printing. When you put it together with Mod-Podge you can make just about anything. This paper is honestly one of my favorite craft supplies!

Load however many sheets you want into your printer, and print like normal. Be sure the ink is dry when you start to handle it, so it doesn’t smudge. Then you can cut around your design if you wish.

White vellum paper to print for crafts
A DIY-er’s MUST HAVE Supply! You can do so much with this paper.

Don’t Forget Your Printable! 

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The Decorative Reminder Possibilities are Endless

You can use regular white paper or colored paper too! I used the Vellum paper because the Mod-Podge dries completely clear. That way you can print all the designs you want and they can be used on multiple surfaces with its transparent background.

Once you have the saying cut out and ready to use. Mod-Podge it onto the surface you want to use for your decorative reminder. For my collection in the pictures above, the surfaces I used were. A piece of wood I painted white and attached the sanitizer dispenser box and a hook for your guest’s coat. Two dollar store wooden sign craft blanks I painted white. A piece of foam board mounted to a piece of charcoal painted wood. Lastly, an upcycled wooden shadow box I didn’t use anymore.

DIY Mod-Podge a Post COVID-19 Welcome Sign

If you are not familiar with Mod-Podge. It is like painting with glue, you want to apply smooth even layers for a flawless finish. Minimizing brush stokes and trying to avoid putting too much in one spot. The Mod-Podge is the “paint” or finish, but it is also the glue. So you brush a layer of Mod-Podge on the surface you’re placing your design on. Then you brush a layer on the back of your design. Once the design is positioned and smoothed out. You’ll apply another layer of Mod-Podge for the “final Coat” or sealer. Don’t worry it doesn’t need to dry in between. You can do all three parts and a few minutes one after the other.

To Get Started

First, roll the bottle of Mod-Podge back and forth to mix it up. Do not shake it or stir it up real fast, as for that will make bubbles. Apply a smooth even layer to the surface you are using. Then quickly apply a smooth even layer to the back of your design. The paper will start to curl up shortly after you apply the Mod-Podge so move quickly. When applying the Mod-Podge you want to start in the middle and brush outward towards every edge of the paper.

Line up the design on your surface and place the middle part down first. Then, slowly smooth out the rest of the paper. Pushing outward towards all edges, eliminating air bubbles. Since your hands usually get sticky while smoothing out the surface. I like to have a few clean nonporous items nearby, like a plastic cup, marker, or ruler. Anything smooth that you can use to “squeegee” the paper down and push out air bubbles. If you get some on your fingers, you don’t want to try to smooth it out because it will leave dirty marks from anything on your fingers. it dries rather quickly so work fast. You don’t want dried Mod-Podge getting onto the clean surface. Keep baby wipes or damp cloth nearby to wipe your fingers quickly. The moisture takes off the half-dried Modge-Podge, so you don’t leave fingerprints when you go back to your design.

Last Step

For the final step put one last smooth even layer of Mod-Podge over the top of your design. You can press down firmly with the brush to help smooth out any areas that may have a lot of Mod-Podge under them. Remember to start in the middle and work your way outward. Be sure to apply a generous amount to the top layer so no edges stick up. Seal the edges and corners really well by running long outward strokes, past the corners and edges of the design. Now let it dry! The longer it dries the more transparent the Mod-Podge becomes. So don’t worry if you have spots that are white. It will eventually dry clear. As long as it is left alone and the surface is not tampered with.

You can apply more coats and/or more layers depending on the look you are going for. After 24 hours you will be able to use it unless you did multiple layers or you used a stronger type of Mod-Podge. I didn’t go into all the details of Mod-Podge, but you can get the dishwasher safe version and it really holds up well, especially if you apply multiple coats.

DIY Ideas to make your own Welcome Reminder

Let’s say you do not have a printer (or ink) and you don’t have Mod-Podge. No problem! You can write down your favorite saying, practice, doodling it in a few different handwritings. Once you are ready to write your final saying, grab a ruler to guide you, as you write above the straight edge. If you want to help writing straight lines.

If you’re like me, then you probably couldn’t stand to look at your own handwriting every day. You could ask someone else to write it or you could make a magazine clipping version. Cut out all letters in your saying from a magazine and paste them to paper or card stock.

Other no printer options are vinyl cut letters if you have a circuit cutter. Sticker letters, you can get decorative ones in the scrapbooking section of arts and craft stores. You could also stencil the saying on with paint.

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More Creative Decorative Reminder Ideas

You can place your saying or design in a frame with or without glass. To sit on an entryway table or hang it on the wall. To get even more creative you could Mod-Podge or adheres your saying to the box you keep the sanitizer dispenser in. You could also Mod-Podge it right onto the Germx bottle itself!

Personally, my favorite is, a multi-purpose accent! Not only a sanitizer reminder but also a coat, hat, or key rack. Great if you have a small entryway! Hang it on the wall or from an existing hook. You could post it up at a command center or use a mail sorter pocket to hold the dispenser. What about a garage entrance or mudroom, next to your furry friend’s leash! 🙂 lol. I’m going to stop myself there! As you can see the possibilities are endless!

#thenewnorm

We are all traveling through uncharted waters in this global pandemic and there is no doubt it has changed us all. We have already modified our cleaning routines and heightened our awareness of germs. So, I felt changing times and changing habits. Calls for a change in decor!! We walk through the door of our homes differently now and your guests do as well. To clear up the awkward greeting and put the tension at ease. Add a Decorative Reminder to your entryway decor so you and your guests can get on with their visit.

As we continue to write history, post-quarantine, and with our New standards for cleanliness. I hope you take along the idea of Decorative Reminders and you pass it along with a creative example of your own! Please comment down below and stop back by to share a design of your own! Show some love and subscribe to Detroit Deco and Follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

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DIY Monster Mud Giant Halloween Statues

Halloween Statues with Monster Mud Made From Joint Compound and Latex Paint

DIY Halloween Statues

Monster Mud

This stuff is so Awesome!! So what is Monster Mud? It is a mixture of joint compound and latex paint. It makes an strong concrete-like paste, that you can use to DIY Monster Mud Halloween statues. Monster Muc can also be used for anything else whare you are looking to get a faux-concrete finish.

If you haven’t heard of it, then you have to check it out! If you are looking to create a larger than life statue for Halloween then you’re in the right place! The recipe is simple and you can use just about anything to make them. These Halloween statues are amazing!

Before we begin I must say my husband is the real artist of these statues. I helped in the creative process, sourcing materials, and taking notes on everything to pass along to you! He Made them for a Halloween production and they turned out truly amazing! Way too awesome not to share!

Please contact me if you are looking for larger than life Halloween statues for your production. samantha@detroitdeco.com


Giant Monster Mud Halloween Statues

Please contact me if you would like to have mud monsters made for your production.

Giant Monster Mud Halloween statues made from joint compound and latex paint.

Monster Mud

A Heavy base is required to hold this giant statue from toppling over. One important thing to remember when making your own. A frame of 2″x 4″‘s set in concrete adds weight to the base and keeps it steady.


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How to Make a Mud Monster Giant using Joint Compound and Latex Paint

The Base and Frame of Your Statue

We all know we need some bones!

First things first, you will want to figure out what faux concrete statue you want to make. The statues above are a giant skeleton Grimm reaper style, but you could do witch, gargoyles, Frankenstein, or a cemetery with tombstones. In the pictures below you will see wall hangings with skulls popping out of them. This was made stapling the cloth to the frame and pushing the skulls out against the cloth and monster mudding them.

Whichever statue you decide to make, you will need to plan the skeleton or frame that is going to hold up your statue. In the picture below, you can see the bases and frames of the statues. Besides the materials for the base, the body arms, legs, and head will need a supporting structure. To start you will use the wood coming from the base. From there you will attach different materials for you to mud on.

In these statues (you can see below) the 2″ x 4″‘s come up from the attached base. Have an intersecting 2″ x 4″ across the top for his shoulders and arms, and a piece for the neck, with supports to drill the skull on to. Once the wood frame and head are in place you will want chicken wire for more depth, a bunch of cloth for draping, and skeleton hands. If you don’t have hands, you can just drape the cloth out over where the hands would be. Other accessories you may want are more skulls, burlap for a different texture, faux chains, crows, brooms, spiders, bats, or anything else you think will complete your monster to make him more awesome.

The Base

First, you will start with the base. One thing is for sure! if you are making anything that has height, you are going to need a very heavy base. The largest statue has two H shaped bases made of railroad ties. Stacked on top of one each other and boarded together. This made a large heavy box for the statue’s base. Once the base was painted it looked really nice.

The other Mud Monster has a different style base. He is in a five-gallon Homer bucket. Place the 2×4’s in the five-gallon bucket going all the way to the bottom. You may want to attach a piece of wood between the two so they stay standing apart in the bucket. Then fill the bucket with Quik Crete. Once the boards set in the concrete, you will have a strong, sturdy, heavy base. Please note, if you are going to build your base this way, make sure you have enough time for the concrete to fully dry before you plan to start building your monster. Otherwise, the boards will move and you will have a crooked monster and risk it falling over.

The Frame

Once the Base is set, if you haven’t already attached wood for the arms, neck, and head, you can do that now. Once all, the wood is in place and you have attached the head. Then, you can use chicken wire to give the monster some depth so he is not so thin with just a cloth. It will also give you places to tuck the cloth into when draping it to dress your monster.

To attach the chicken wire you can use a large washer that is bigger than the mesh holes in the chicken wire and screw it to the wood. Screw all the loose ends of the chicken wire to the wood leaving excess for shaping. Then shape the wire to bulge out in the areas you want.

For instance, if you were making a witch statue and wanted a big hump on her back. You could use the chicken wire to make the hump that the cloth will drape over. Now that you have your base and frame ready it is time to move on to the messy fun stuff!

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Monster Mud Recipe

You can find the supplies for Monster Mud at a local home depot. Make sure to grab a Homer bucket or two! You’ll need one for mixing and the other for placing your drill mixer and other dirty tools in.

This recipe was refrenced fromWoodLoom


Supplies:

  • At least one if not more, Five-Gallon Buckets
  • A bucket of Premixed Drywall Joint Compound (1 five-gallon bucket) the darker the color the better
  • A Gallon of Latex Paint, (1 gallon) (interior or exterior)
  • A Power Drill and a Drill Mixer Bit
  • A Putty Knife or Spackle Blade
  • A Paint Stick for mixing by hand
  • Gloves
  • Rags
  • Plastic Sheet to protect the floor
  • Hose, bucket, or water nearby for washing
  • The Monsters frame or Decorations you are mudding

Now that you have gathered all of your supplies and you have your base and frame for your monster set and ready to build on. Start off by protecting the floor. You can start off by laying down a plastic sheet to protect the floor. Make sure you have enough room to walk all-around your statue, so you are able to drape and mud your monster evenly.

Place your statue base and frame on the protected area, along with the rest of the supplies. Get your power drill and connect the drill mixer to it.

Scoop Out Joint Compound

This recipe will be five parts joint compound to 1 part latex paint. The paint could stain your skin so go ahead and put your gloves on. Open your joint compound and scoop out a generous amount. The compound is like a thick heavy dough and not the easiest to work with. You can use jour hands, a putty, or spackle knife to help handle the compound.

Now Add The Paint

Now shake your exterior paint well and open it up. Remember we are going for a five to one ratio so keep that in mind when pouring your paint. Pour in as much latex paint as you think you’ll need. Remember you are going for five parts joint compound one part paint. It is ok if it is a little off. The color of your paint doesn’t matter, you can use any color you would like. Though darker colors are better for making the monster look more like concrete. You can also mix in colored paint tint while you are mixing the compound.

Mix with The Drill Mixer

Once you think you have the right amount of latex paint and you’ve added extra color if you want. Then it is time for you to grab your drill mixer. This could get messy so take your time and hold the bucket as you begin to mix. This is going to be a very thick mixture and will not be easy to smooth out quickly. So as I mentioned take your time. You may even want to stop periodically and mix it with your paint stick to make sure the compound is smoothing out. Keep alternating between drill mixer and mixing by hand until you have a smooth even mixture. Once you are satisfied with your mixture you can begin dressing your monster.

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Ideas to Add to Your Mud Monster

Add Light

When your are finished mudding your monster and he is fully dry. Give him some glow and add lights.

Change Directions

Make things even creepier facing the heads in different directions or looking around the corner.

Frame for the Wall

Scrape wood will make a perfect frame if you’re looking for a wall hanging.

Keep it Solo

A little latex paint and joint compound never hurt anyone….” lol


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Dressing and Draping Your Monster Mud Statue

Now that you have mixed your monster mud you are ready to start dressing and draping your monster. Before that though, A quick note, Your monster mud mixture will last with a sealed lid on it for a few months as long as it is sealed airtight and not frozen.

You can treat the monster mud like paint and brush it on where ever you would like. You can also treat it like paper mache and cover both sides of the dressing to make it stick in between layers and so both sides are hardened and stiff. Just make sure you don’t have big clumps of mud mixture. This will take a very long time to dry. It is best to do thin coats so it all dries and you can always go back and add more. You can paint all the decorations and objects you want with the mud mixture.

Now Let it Dry

When you are finishing up with the final layers make sure everything is exactly how you want it because once it dries there is really no way to change it easily. Give your statue at least a full day (24 hours) to dry. Once fully dry you can place your statue in its proper place. Keep in mind it will be heavy.

So there you go! that’s how to make a larger than life giant Halloween Mud Monster statue! If you make one of your own we would love to see. Stop back by and share your statue in the comments below! Don’t forget to Subscribe! I hope you enjoy DIY-ing your mud monster and I wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!


HALLOWEEN PLANNING

If you haven’t already! Get started planning those Trunk or Treat decorations and costumes. With my FREE Family Halloween Planner

It has shopping lists for your candy, party goodies, and decorations, a Calendar snapshot for planning Halloween events, and a Family Costume Planner for multiple costumes and their sizes, so you won’t forget a thing!

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Welcome Signs with Hand Sanitizer Reminders


Welcome, Signs for #TheNewNormal. Sanitizer Dispenser Decorations Reminders to Your Guests to use Hand Sanitizer. FREE PRINTABLE

What we would have considered clean enough before the health crisis. Is no longer up to par. We aren’t just taking other people’s word for it either! We want to “know” it has recently been sanitized, only touched by gloves, and has had the limited possibility of exposure to the virus! Before we sanitize it again our selves!


decorative example of saying

This page may contain affiliate links which allow me to earn a commission on purchases made through certain links with absolutely no cost to you. Your information is always safe and never shared.

The Number One Place We Want to Keep Clean are Our Homes

Due to the nature of quarantine. We have all developed a little bit of that, “it’s not clean unless I’ve cleaned it,” feeling. After all, we can’t control all the germs. We can only do our best to control the germs we pick up by touch and the germs we bring into our homes. You and your family members probably have your own personal routine for, “Ridding the germs from your hands and the shoes from your feet.” But, you can’t say the same for your guests, After all, they don’t live there.

Although, I’m sure your guests are doing their part to #stopthespread. Still, you can’t help that feeling of, “Its not clean unless I’ve cleaned it.” After all, you never know, what they came in contact with on the way to your house! 😉

So, it only makes sense! Our number one place we want to keep clean is our homes. Why wouldn’t you want to remind your guests to leave the street germs at the door!?!



Entryway Decorative Friendly Reminders. Ask your guest to put on hands sanitizer without actually asking them. Politely remind your guests to use hand sanitizer and remove their shoes upon entering your house.
Ask your guest to leave the street germs at the door, without actually asking them! Entryway Decor Decorative Friendly Reminders to Guests to use Hand Sanitizer

Welcome! Please Check Germs and Shoes at The Door.


The New Clean

Our behaviors of respect for not spreading germs have shifted #thenewnorm. A few months ago, you wouldn’t have dared to ask your guests to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Unless you were coming to see their newborn baby. Now, you wouldn’t be surprised if you were asked to put on a mask!

Today if you are invited into someone’s house and show no regard for your shoes or hands. They may consider it impolite.

The entire globe has gone through a health crisis and everyone has felt the consequences of germs. As quarantines are lifted and we begin to socialize again. Germs will be the top concern on everyone’s mind. Including your guests. Which means they should have no problem doing their part to minimize the number of germs they bring into your home; After all, wouldn’t they want the same respect at their house?

So, you have arrived at the conclusion that you would like your guests to remove their shoes and put on hand sanitizer.

Now for the tough part. How do you ask Your Guests?

Some may have no problem coming right out and stating their request to their guests. While on the other hand, others may feel uncomfortable giving their guests a command. As soon as they walk in the door. I completely understand! I do not feel 100% comfortable either.

welcomes sign sayings diy printable

Post COVID-19 Welcome Signs

This got me thinking! Which lead me to my design of some home decor accent pieces. I am naming them Decorative Reminders. A decorative accent piece that fits in with your style and politely states your request to your guests. While also camouflaging or decorating (whichever way you wanna slice it ;)) the hand sanitizer bottle. For in your front entryway, foyer, mudroom, command center, coat closet, side door, or back door, even in the garage! Set it on an accent table or hang it on the wall. No matter the location, a Decorative Reminder is a little visual notification, that it’s time to GermX.

The Decorative Reminders I Designed

If you want to make a Decorative Reminder of your own. I have included a FREE PRINTABLE with all the sayings! Don’t forget to get yours!

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Hand Sanitizer Welcome Signs Entryway Decorations with Friendly Reminders to Guests (and your family) to Disinfect.



What do You think!?!

I hope you liked my collection of Decorative Reminders and sayings! These are just an example of the endless possibilities of designs you can do. I used a very simple DIY method to create them. Which I have for you down below! Along with some other simple ideas. To make your own reminder that fits in with your style.


I am SO excited to pass along my idea! That I included a FREE PRINTABLE of ALL the Decorative Reminder Sayings for you!!! INCLUDING a BLACK FONT and WHITE FONT VERSION of each! So, you won’t have any trouble fitting into your design! Grab your freebie printable below!

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*Remember there is a black and white version of each. The pages that look blank have white text on them. You can refer to the file name to select the right one. If you highlight or click and drag your cursor over the page you can see the white text. Print out the one you want. *Remember to select only the page(s) you want to print in the page range section of the print screen so you don’t waste ink.


DIY a Sanitizer Reminder Decoration of Your Own

I hope you are feeling my #thenewnormal Welcome signs! Don’t forget to grab your free sayings! If not, write down your favorite saying to use later. Below you will find ideas for making your own Decorative Reminder with or without a printer! There are so many ways you can DIY the perfect GermX station for your home. Here is the easy method I used for the ones above. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive the newest ideas to your inbox!


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Simple DIY Method I used To Make Hand Sanitizer Reminder Accents

This is an easy DIY project using Mod-Podge. You will need the surface that you wish to “paste” your design onto. Just about any surface works with Mod-Podge; wood, a dry painted surface, paper, cardboard or foam board, glass, ceramic, acrylic, plastic, and even fabric.

First, get your FREE PRINTABLE SAYINGS, check your email and press CONFIRM. Go through the sayings and pick the one you want. *Remember there is a black and white version of each. The pages that look blank have white text on them. You can refer to the file name to select the right one. If you highlight or click and drag your cursor over the page you can see the white text. Print out the one you want. *Remember to select the page(s) you want to print in the page range section of the print screen so you don’t waste ink.

DIY Post COVID-19 Welcome Signs

Now, the part that makes this method easy, is the paper. The paper I used is called Vellum Paper. You can buy it at any Staples, Office Depot, Michaels, or other office supplies or arts and craft stores. It is like tracing paper, but thicker like card stock. It comes in standard letter size for easy printing. When you put it together with Mod-Podge you can make just about anything. This paper is honestly one of my favorite craft supplies!

Load however many sheets you want into your printer, and print like normal. Be sure the ink is dry when you start to handle it, so it doesn’t smudge. Then you can cut around your design if you wish.

White vellum paper to print for crafts
A DIY-er’s MUST HAVE Supply! You can do so much with this paper.

Don’t Forget Your Printable! 

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The Decorative Reminder Possibilities are Endless

You can use regular white paper or colored paper too! I used the Vellum paper because the Mod-Podge dries completely clear. That way you can print all the designs you want and they can be used on multiple surfaces with its transparent background.

Once you have the saying cut out and ready to use. Mod-Podge it onto the surface you want to use for your decorative reminder. For my collection in the pictures above, the surfaces I used were. A piece of wood I painted white and attached the sanitizer dispenser box and a hook for your guest’s coat. Two dollar store wooden sign craft blanks I painted white. A piece of foam board mounted to a piece of charcoal painted wood. Lastly, an upcycled wooden shadow box I didn’t use anymore.

DIY Mod-Podge a Post COVID-19 Welcome Sign

If you are not familiar with Mod-Podge. It is like painting with glue, you want to apply smooth even layers for a flawless finish. Minimizing brush stokes and trying to avoid putting too much in one spot. The Mod-Podge is the “paint” or finish, but it is also the glue. So you brush a layer of Mod-Podge on the surface you’re placing your design on. Then you brush a layer on the back of your design. Once the design is positioned and smoothed out. You’ll apply another layer of Mod-Podge for the “final Coat” or sealer. Don’t worry it doesn’t need to dry in between. You can do all three parts and a few minutes one after the other.

To Get Started

First, roll the bottle of Mod-Podge back and forth to mix it up. Do not shake it or stir it up real fast, as for that will make bubbles. Apply a smooth even layer to the surface you are using. Then quickly apply a smooth even layer to the back of your design. The paper will start to curl up shortly after you apply the Mod-Podge so move quickly. When applying the Mod-Podge you want to start in the middle and brush outward towards every edge of the paper.

Line up the design on your surface and place the middle part down first. Then, slowly smooth out the rest of the paper. Pushing outward towards all edges, eliminating air bubbles. Since your hands usually get sticky while smoothing out the surface. I like to have a few clean nonporous items nearby, like a plastic cup, marker, or ruler. Anything smooth that you can use to “squeegee” the paper down and push out air bubbles. If you get some on your fingers, you don’t want to try to smooth it out because it will leave dirty marks from anything on your fingers. it dries rather quickly so work fast. You don’t want dried Mod-Podge getting onto the clean surface. Keep baby wipes or damp cloth nearby to wipe your fingers quickly. The moisture takes off the half-dried Modge-Podge, so you don’t leave fingerprints when you go back to your design.

Last Step

For the final step put one last smooth even layer of Mod-Podge over the top of your design. You can press down firmly with the brush to help smooth out any areas that may have a lot of Mod-Podge under them. Remember to start in the middle and work your way outward. Be sure to apply a generous amount to the top layer so no edges stick up. Seal the edges and corners really well by running long outward strokes, past the corners and edges of the design. Now let it dry! The longer it dries the more transparent the Mod-Podge becomes. So don’t worry if you have spots that are white. It will eventually dry clear. As long as it is left alone and the surface is not tampered with.

You can apply more coats and/or more layers depending on the look you are going for. After 24 hours you will be able to use it unless you did multiple layers or you used a stronger type of Mod-Podge. I didn’t go into all the details of Mod-Podge, but you can get the dishwasher safe version and it really holds up well, especially if you apply multiple coats.

 
 

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DIY Ideas to make your own Welcome Reminder

Let’s say you do not have a printer (or ink) and you don’t have Mod-Podge. No problem! You can write down your favorite saying, practice, doodling it in a few different handwritings. Once you are ready to write your final saying, grab a ruler to guide you, as you write above the straight edge. If you want to help writing straight lines.

If you’re like me, then you probably couldn’t stand to look at your own handwriting every day. You could ask someone else to write it or you could make a magazine clipping version. Cut out all letters in your saying from a magazine and paste them to paper or card stock.

Other no printer options are vinyl cut letters if you have a circuit cutter. Sticker letters, you can get decorative ones in the scrapbooking section of arts and craft stores. You could also stencil the saying on with paint.

More Creative Decorative Reminder Ideas

You can place your saying or design in a frame with or without glass. To sit on an entryway table or hang it on the wall. To get even more creative you could Mod-Podge or adheres your saying to the box you keep the sanitizer dispenser in. You could also Mod-Podge it right onto the Germx bottle itself!

Personally, my favorite is, a multi-purpose accent! Not only a sanitizer reminder but also a coat, hat, or key rack. Great if you have a small entryway! Hang it on the wall or from an existing hook. You could post it up at a command center or use a mail sorter pocket to hold the dispenser. What about a garage entrance or mudroom, next to your furry friend’s leash! 🙂 lol. I’m going to stop myself there! As you can see the possibilities are endless!

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We are all traveling through uncharted waters in this global pandemic and there is no doubt it has changed us all. We have already modified our cleaning routines and heightened our awareness of germs. So, I felt changing times and changing habits. Calls for a change in decor!! We walk through the door of our homes differently now and your guests do as well. To clear up the awkward greeting and put the tension at ease. Add a Decorative Reminder to your entryway decor so you and your guests can get on with their visit.

As we continue to write history, post-quarantine, and with our New standards for cleanliness. I hope you take along the idea of Decorative Reminders and you pass it along with a creative example of your own! Please comment down below and stop back by to share a design of your own! Show some love and subscribe to Detroit Deco and Follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

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