Sunday, November 15, 2009

Honey? Are the dishes clean or dirty?

I don't know about you, but this is a common problem in our house. Just last week we accidentally ran the dishwasher twice in one day because someone didn't know if the dishes in there were clean or dirty.

Solution? A cheap, fun sign!

thin wood rectangle or other shape
mod podge (clear)
scrapbook paper
magnet stickers
optional: cute stickers or glitter

Paint your wood shape. It would also be cute to use an apple or cherry shaped piece of wood since it will be hung in the kitchen.

Measure and cut out scrapbook paper to cover the wood piece. Spread mod podge on the back of the scrapbook paper.
Press paper onto your wood piece. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. They're hard to get out later and it's worth it to spend the extra time on this.

When your paper dried, put a thin coat add mod podge on the top of the scrapbook paper. Don't worry, it will dry clear. Just make sure you don't leave any big globs of mod podge.

Add your "clean" and "dirty" letters with a marker or print them using a fun font on the computer. If you print them, use the same mod podge method to glue them on.

Some cute stickers or glitter would be cute if you want to dress up your sign.

When everything dries, add 2 small magnets to the back. I bought the magnet sheets that are sticky on one side, so they're super easy to use.

Hang it up and beg your family members to use it!


  1. Love it! We do have that same problem in our house too! Great project! :)


  2. That is a super huge issue at my house! I have four kids who would rather just toss in the sink than look inside the dishwasher (well, Hubby too). Thanks for the idea. Have a great day!


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