Friday, January 10, 2014

Make This: DIY "Shoes Off" Large Entryway Message, Typography Message Art

I was searching for large art pieces for my entryway to warn visitors to remove their shoes before entering my abode but there was an absence in the marketplace. The solution: customize my own for a mere $1.64! I put the sign into action and without me having to say a word everyone takes off their shoes, it's a big bold warning and the MOFO makes the command authoritative yet irreverent. Make one, your floors will thank you!:


Step 1) What do you want visitors to feel, think, or see when they enter your home? Choose your words wisely, then browse sites like dafont or fontsquirrel to find your desired fonts.

Step 2) Use your image editor of choice to choose your sign size. GIMP is free. I use and recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements. Go to File -->> New Image and enter your image size in inches or centimeters and most importantly, change your Resolution (PPI or DPI) to 300 pixels per inch to ensure high quality printing!


Step 3) Arrange your fonts to your liking. I worked on mine for an hour on and off before I was satisfied.

Step 4) Comparison shop to find the best local printer. My first estimate for a 19" x 27" sign was $40.00, my second was $1.64! If you go for a simple black and white large print like I do you can slash prices dramatically. I printed mine at Office Depot.

Here it is in my new and improved entryway which had absolutely nothing but boxes in it before! 

Step 5) Hang your sign with pride. I decided mine looked better unframed and used a combination of binder clips and a vintage hanger to display it in my hallway entryway. Love the results!

I had so much fun making this piece that I decided to make it available in my Etsy Shop along with a whole series I call Morbid Motivation for indie business owners or anyone else who needs that extra kick in the ass on the job. Let me know if you have any questions or requests for future signs in the shop or DIYs. There's a Shoes Off one, too, of course!

What are some signs you'd love to hang in your home? I think I'll work on some more thrifting ones, next...
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30 comments:

  1. What a cool idea, and the possibilities are endless! I have a vintage "NO LOITERING" sign on my one and only bathroom door (doesn't seem to work much, but I like it).

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    1. Sounds awesome! I love old signs.

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    2. LOL I have a vintage porcelain "Danger Explosive Gas" sign on my bathroom door...

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  2. You're a crack up Van it's hilarious. You could go wild with all different signs. I hope they do well and you continue to come up with others.

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    1. Thanks Trudie, feel like I'm finally getting back to my old style. I used to make profane art/comics all over the place. Gonna keep making craziness!

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  3. Your signs are awesome! Love them!

    Gonna message you!

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    1. Glad you like the signs! Got your message too, thanks for the heads-up!

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  4. Love this.......................

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  5. You are so creative!!!
    How about "Seat Down, MOFO" for the bathroom?

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    1. That's perfection, I was raised with twins but have lived in an all-female household for so long I forgot how annoying that was. Boyfriend has perfect bathroom manners when he visits, haha ;)

      The signs are so effective, all have removed shoes before entering, including myself. It reminds -me-!

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  6. Those are awesomeblossom! The vegan seriously made me do a laugh snort thing. Boy if it ain't the truth....especially when you decide to only eat organic. Oy vey.

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    1. I go back and forth on organic, I know it's good for the world and myself but holy shit it's so expensive I DIE INSIDE. Gotta increase income so I can support organic guilt-free, haha ;p The more we buy it the lower it can hopefully get...

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  7. Love this Van. A lot. How about coming up with some cool toilet humor versions. I think they'd look great in a loo. I'm sure you could come up with something really fab about flushing, giving the bowl a scrub if it needs it, or not wasting loo paper! I'd buy one. Please contact me if you do...

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    1. oops, I didn't read Tilda's comment...great minds and all that! Ha-ha!

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    2. I will definitely make some and contact you with the results/update right here with the link to them ;) They're all getting more coherent descriptions and photos soon, too!

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    3. I made a few you can see here :D https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThriftCore?section_id=12706988&ref=shopsection_leftnav_10

      Scrub it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/175385972/morbid-motivation-poster-clean-the?ref=shop_home_active_4
      Seat Down: https://www.etsy.com/listing/175395947/morbid-motivation-poster-tinkle-sprinkle?ref=shop_home_active_2
      TP out: https://www.etsy.com/listing/175386620/morbid-motivation-poster-tinkle-sprinkle?ref=shop_home_active_1
      Sprinkling: https://www.etsy.com/listing/175386042/morbid-motivation-poster-tinkle-sprinkle?ref=shop_home_active_3

      I can make custom ones if anyone would like one!

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  8. I love your shoe rack...If you ever decide to change it up and sell it, shoot me a message

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    1. I'll let you know! May be expensive to ship though, quite large!

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  9. Hahaha. So cheeky and fun. I want to make one that says "No touching the cats mofo" hahahah. My cats are really aggressive so I think it would make people smile.

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    1. That would be cute! Despite appearances my Yuko's the same way hates strangers!

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  10. I love "Scrub" Van, and would absolutely buy one if postage wasn't so killer!
    I had a look and it's just too much for me. Sorry :(

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    1. Were you trying to order 8.5" x 11"? I always have to overestimate the shipping because I'll often end up making zero profit. I always then refund the difference. Yesterday someone found a listing where I didn't update shipping and I lost half the profit, boo.

      ANYwho, looks like it would actually be $6.55 to ship to Australia so I changed the postage. Thanks for letting me know about that, I didn't double check and weigh a print and a bubble mailer, duh! Let me know if that's too much for you.

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  11. That's much more reasonable Van - I'll order one tomorrow.Yay! Thanks for checking

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    1. No prob, thank YOU for letting me know about the error, oops!

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