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Homework Sign

This sign on the door lets friends know that homework is in progress. The flip side let’s you know that playtime is in session.


Shirt shaped paper mache sign*
Liquitex Basics Gesso
Black craft pen
Medium flat brush
Large scruffy paint brush
Acrylic sealer spray, matte
Acrylic paint:red, yellow and white


Paint the entire sign with one coat of Gesso. If you don't have Gesso, you can find it in the art department of any craft supply or hobby store. Alternatively, you can use a coat of white acrylic paint. Allow to dry completely.
Paint entire sign with yellow acrylic paint. Let dry and repeat with a second coat.

The stripes do not require a pattern, uneven lines add to the character of this project. After yellow paint has dried, use a medium flat brush to paint on wide red stripes, starting at the bottom of the shirt and working your way upward. Paint a red collar band and sleeve bands on as well. Repeat on the other side. Let dry completely.

Before this step, be certain that the red paint is completely dry or the white will turn pink. Use a large scruffy brush to dab on a white oval in the center of the shirt. Let dry and repeat. Let second coat dry completely.

Use a black craft pen to write "outside playing" on one side and "doing homework" on the other side. Spray both side with acrylic sealer spray and let dry overnight. Hang!

To use: Simply hang on your child's door, or on your front door. Have your child flip the sign to the approriate side when needed.

This craft reprinted courtesy of Amanda Formaro of CraftsByAmanda.com.

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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she’s not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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