Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial and FREE Cut File: Great Gift for a New Mom!

It never fails: I put my son down for his morning nap, he squirms and sings and plays with Frankie the Monster Blankie for several minutes, then he slowly and peacefully drifts off into dreamland….only to be rudely awakened by Mr. UPS Driver ringing the dang doorbell!  Every. Single. Time.

Ok, maybe not every time (I have been told I have a flair for the dramatic), but more times than I’d like.  Not only does this make for a grumpy, sleep-deprived toddler, it also makes for a grumpy Momma because now I have to deal with said grumpy toddler AND I just lost my crafting time.  #sadfacesallaround.

So to try and avoid such fiascos and keep everyone happy, I decided to whip up a little not-so-subtle sign to remind all visitors to please announce their appearances QUIETLY.

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Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial and FREE Cut File: Great Gift for a New Mom!

Supplies:

  • Cereal box
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer paper
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors

The beauty of this project is that it is not only exceptionally quick and simple to make, but it’s also so inexpensive!  That’s because I used one of my favorite craft supplies as its core: a cereal box.  Yep, I love me some cereal boxes.  They’re my crafting BFF.  You can read more about why I love them so very much in this tutorial or this one.

[On a side note…..I used my Silhouette Cameo for this project, but you certainly don’t *need* one (although it’s my favorite crafting tool in the history of ever and I highly recommend everyone grab one of their own!).  This project could just as easily be made with scissors and scrapbook stickers instead of vinyl.]

 

Simple + Inexpensive + Needed = Great Gift Idea!

This door hanger would be the cutest little accompaniment to a baby shower gift for any new mom….I sure wish I would have had one during those sleep-deprived newborn days!  You could also easily personalize it too, or add something else to the back, like “No Visitors Please” for when the whole family needs some peace and quiet.

And you’re in luck because I’m offering this very cut file for FREE for all my lovely readers.  Just keep reading to find the download link!

 

Other Possible Sayings

Here are some other sayings I considered slapping on this door hanger.  Yes, some are {slightly} snarky, but so am I:

  • You ring that bell and I’ll ring your neck!
  • New Baby = Go Away
  • NO VISITORS.  Leave the goods and GO!
  • We’re all tired and won’t hear you knocking anyway.
  • No knocking or ringing please.  New baby inside!

This door hanger could also be used for many different purposes, not only at home but also at school or the office.  You could easily adapt the saying to cover things like:

  • Meeting In Progress
  • Testing In Progress
  • Sorry, we can’t play right now!
  • Class is in the Library

 

Step #1: Prep & Load Cereal Box

I first grabbed a pair of scissors and cut a large panel off of my cereal box.  Then I placed it onto my cutting mat and loaded it into my Silhouette Cameo.

Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Step #2: Cut Out the Door Hanger Core

I downloaded a free cut file for the door hanger from Bird’s Cards (this is a great site for lots of free cut files….I recommend giving it a looksie some time!).  I then used the ‘Coverstock’ settings in Silhouette Studio and cut it out.

[For a full detailed tutorial on how to cut out a design from a cereal box using a Silhouette, check out this or this….it’s SO easy, and hooray for FREE craft supplies!]

Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Step #3: Cut Out the Door Hanger Panels

A cereal box isn’t the prettiest of things, so it needed to be beautified.  I could have painted it like I did for signs that I made for several wreaths (my deco mesh Pumpkin Wreath, my NFL ‘House Divided’ Ornament Wreath, or my Monogram State Fall Burlap Wreath), but I decided to take the easy route and just slap some scrapbook paper on it.

To make the scrapbook paper panels back in Silhouette Studio, I duplicated my door hanger and flipped it horizontally so I now had two shapes (one to cover the front of the cereal box and the other to cover the back).  I then loaded a 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper onto my mat and cut out both panels.

Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Step #4: Cut Out Vinyl Words

Back in Silhouette Studio, I created my design with the saying “Please knock softly.  The baby is (finally) SLEEPING!” (subtle enough?).  I then loaded up my cutting mat with some white vinyl and cut it out then weeded it.

[Once again, if you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo, no problem!  Just use stickers or stencils, or you could even write the words on by hand….my handwriting is not nearly pretty enough for that, so vinyl to the rescue!]

Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Step #5: Attach Scrapbook Paper Panels

It was now time to assemble everything.  I first needed to attach the scrapbook paper panels to their respective sides of the cereal box core.  To do this, I grabbed my trusty can of spray adhesive and blasted one side of the cereal box cutout then applied its panel.  Then I flipped it over and did the same to the other side.

[Can we all just take a moment to appreciate my awesome action shot of applying this adhesive spray?!  I mean, just look at that: spraying with one hand while taking a picture and capturing the mist with the other…sometimes I amaze myself….]

Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Step #6: Apply Vinyl Words

The last step is applying the vinyl words.  For this, I first slapped some transfer paper over top and gave it a good scraping with my scraper tool, then slowly peeled the backing off.  Next, I eyeballed its placement on the door hanger, gave it another scraping, then removed the transfer paper.

Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

And my door hanger was now complete!  I am happy to report that this message has been received LOUD & CLEAR by visitors because, since displaying it during nap times, we have had ZERO ding dongs and accompanying grumpy tots (and mommas).  Mission accomplished!  The tricky part is just remembering to hang it on the door during each nap time….my memory is nothing to be envious of!

Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been
Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Make a Nice Gift for a New Mom with this FREE Cut File!

If you’d like to make one of these as a nice gift for a new mom (or one for yourself….why not?), feel free to download this Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Silhouette Studio cut file that I created.  Enjoy!

Sleeping Baby Door Hanger Tutorial & FREE Cut File | Where The Smiles Have Been

>>>Click here to download this FREE Sleeping Baby Door Hanger .studio cut file!<<<

(The Fine Print: This cut file is free for PERSONAL USE ONLY.  No commercial use or redistribution is permitted.  Thanks!)

 

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

Comments

  1. HI there,
    Wouldn’t taking the file into photoshop and adding the words work just as well? Think I will try this and do one side for the UPS man and one side the ‘we cant play’ for the neighbors lol

    • Hi Tara! Yep, that Photoshop plan sounds like a really smart alternative to vinyl! That’s a good idea to have a sign for playmates too…I’ll have to remember that for when my son gets older! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is a great craft! so practical and cute for any new mom!I want to share this in my weekly series called “Roll Out The Red Carpet Thursday” – I share bloggers’ amazing posts that I’ve found during the week. I hope that’ ok! Have a great day!

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