DIY Baby Sleeping Door Hanger Sign

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Aqua blue and grey baby sleeping sign | 11 Magnolia Lane

I’ve been getting crafty these last few weeks more than I’ve been decorating; part of that is because our Etsy shop has been keeping me busy cutting monograms.  I’m definitely not complaining, though!

I just put these darling “Shhh!  Baby Sleeping” signs in the store, but for those of you who have a Silhouette vinyl cutter, I wanted to give you the (very) quick and easy tutorial so you can make your own.  If you’re in the market for a Silhouette (they are *awesome* to have during the holidays), then they have a terrific bundle deal available for their Portrait machine from October 15-31.  Just scroll down to the end of the post for all of the details on the goodies that are included.

I’ve made similar signs before–our “Out of Treats” sign for Halloween and our sanity-saving “We Can’t Play” signs are made using the same raw materials.  You can read those tutorials here and here.   Please use them, pin them, and have fun–my only request is that you don’t use my ideas to create items that you plan to sell, because that’s kind of tacky.  I’ll admit that it was a little strange to see all the dead ringer knock-offs of my Out of Treats sign on Etsy, but my mom always said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

Pink and gray baby sleeping sign | 11 Magnolia Lane

Obviously, you don’t NEED a special sign to hang on your door when the baby’s napping, but isn’t this so much cuter than a sticky note?  I love giving these as part of a baby gift–if I’m dropping off a meal to new parents, this is a great little gift to tuck in with the creamy white chicken chili or macaroni and cheese. 🙂   If you have your own vinyl cutter, then these are so inexpensive to make.

Start with a wood plaque from the craft store.  Mine measure approximately 5-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ and I’ve found them at all of the craft stores, but the ones at Hobby Lobby come in packs of 4 for $2.99 (before the sale/coupon) and seem to require less sanding than the other ones I’ve used.

Lightly sand and paint your plaque.  The pink that I used is DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Baby Pink and the blue that I used is Folk Art Acrylic Paint in Sky Blue (#465).  Two coats will cover the plaque nicely and you don’t have to prime.  (Those are Amazon affiliate links but those paints are only $1 or so at the craft store–I just wanted you to be able to see the bottles and the colors).

The frame that I used is #2296 in the Silhouette store; it’s a square but I dragged it to measure about 4.2″ x 2.2″ (just measure to be sure your frame will fit inside of your wood plaque).  I cut this frame out in silver metallic vinyl (as seen on the blue sign).  I used the inside of the frame on the pink sign–how thrifty!  By the way, I use this frame for most of my chalkboard labels, including all the ones on the shoe boxes in my closet.  You can also ungroup the frame, delete the outer (or inner) line, and then you don’t waste the thin outline if you’re not planning to use it.

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The text is Boyz R Gross font and it’s a free download {here}.  I actually use two text boxes so I can put the lines of text close together, and then I make sure they’re centered and group them together.  I cut the font out in white vinyl.  This is a great project to use all of those tiny scraps of vinyl that accumulate!


I then put a #12 screw eye in the top of the plaque and used a grey Greek key ribbon (I got mine at HobLob) for the hanger.  I like the gray with both the pink and the blue, don’t you?  If you don’t know how to make a pretty bow, see my video tutorial on how to do it {here}–you don’t do it like you tie your shoes!  Use a little bit of fray check to keep the ends of the ribbon from fraying, and you’re all set.  So cute!

If you’d rather just buy one (I totally get that–sometimes it’s a time vs. money thing, right?!), then you can use the coupon code “SCARY” to get free shipping on any of the items in our Etsy store through October 31st.

Pink and try baby sleeping door sign hanger | 11 Magnolia Lane

OK, now on to the details of the October Silhouette deal.  First, I am a Silhouette affiliate and I have had a CAMEO for three years.  I absolutely LOVE my machine, although I’m pretty sure that it’s smarter than I am and there are about 10,000 things that it can do that I haven’t figured out yet.  But it has been worth the initial purchase price so many times over, because I use it constantly for gifts and home decor items.  In May alone I cut over 75 monograms for teacher and volunteer appreciation gifts!

The Portrait is only $149.99 until the end of the month (it’s usually $199.99) but you also get the dust cover, printable gold foil (!!!), printable silver foil, and vellum.  You have to use my coupon code, “MAGNOLIA” to get the deal.  The main difference between the Portrait and the CAMEO is that the Portrait’s maximum cutting area is 8″ x 12″ (the CAMEO’s is 12″ wide and 10 feet long), but the Portrait is also much less expensive.  Click on the photo to check out the deal:

Here’s a sneak peek at the latest thing I made on my Silhouette, and I’m kind of proud because I drew the design from scratch. It’s a Greek key design (I obviously love them) that you iron on a pillow cover.  I combined it with my round monogram (see the tutorial here) and I LOVE IT.  What do you think?  Do you want me to share the .SVG file I created next time I do a tutorial?

You can see some of my other Silhouette projects by clicking on our vinyl category here.

DIY Gold Greek Key Monogram Iron On for a Pillow | 11 Magnolia Lane


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  1. Karen larsen says

    Love the Greek gold pillow and would equally love for you to share the file for this?!

  2. This may seem like such a silly question, but how did you put the bow on your sign? Yours is centered so perfectly and I have not been able to do that.


  3. Could you also send me that link to help with putting the bow on the sign? I want to make one of these for a friend of mine expecting her first baby. Thanks so much 🙂

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