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DIY Can’t Play Sign

DIY Can’t Play Sign

Raise your hand if the neighborhood kids ring your doorbell every seven minutes asking if your kids can come out to play? Keep your hand raised if you have to tell said kids, “No, we’re doing homework right now,” or “No, we’re eating dinner right now, but they can play later.” Wouldn’t it be nice to have a sign so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing every seven minutes? If only someone had instructions for a DIY can’t play sign…sigh…

Oh, wait! We have those instructions. We’ve come up with the simplest DIY can’t play sign:

One side says: We Can Play.

One side says: We Can’t Play.

You may be thinking, But what about the kids who can’t read yet? We didn’t forget about them! We came up with the clever idea of having one side green (can) and the other side red (can’t). Hopefully, after explaining once (or twice) to the ‘hood kids, they will catch on and give your doorbell (and barking dog) a much-needed vacation.

Love this idea, but aren’t particularly crafty? Don’t worry! We made this nifty DIY amazingly simple because we know time is precious and you don’t always have time for elaborate Pinterest-y projects. We also offered two options for your personal preference/varying degree of creativity.

Note: Check to see what type of door handle you have before picking a project.

The Wooden Door Hanger Option


  • Wooden sign
  • Green craft/acrylic paint
  • Red craft/acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Permanent marker

DIY Can't Play Sign

Paint one side red. Let dry. Paint the other side green. Let dry. Using a permanent marker write “We Can Play” on the green side, and “We Can’t Play” on the red side. That’s it!

The Foam Door Hanger Option


  • Red foam door hanger
  • Green foam door hanger
  • Hot glue gun
  • Permanent marker

DIY Can't Play Sign

Using the hot glue gun, glue the green foam door hanger to the red one. With a permanent marker write “We Can Play” on the green side, and “We Can’t Play” on the red side. Done!

DIY Can't Play Sign

Depending on your front door handle, you may want to cut a slit on the side so it can fit around your handle. 

Optional Modification

If the ‘hood kids (or your own kids) have a tendency of getting the door hanger caught in the slamming door, you can always hang this DIY can’t play sign on a Command hook right next to the door (or not so subtly over the doorbell).

How simple was that? Let us know you tried this at home. Tag us on Instagram: @dailymommilitary with the hashtag: #DMMDIY

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DIY Can't Play Sign

Photo Credits: Renee Dolan Photography

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Katie is an elementary school teacher turned dance-and-yoga-instructor turned stay-at-home-mom to three kids but dreams of being a children's author and illustrator when she grows up. She lives in Southern California (for now, Because: Military) with her strikingly handsome Navy Flight Surgeon husband, who's never too cool for Random Dance Parties. When she isn't hiding from her kids in the laundry room, Katie loves creating art, being sarcastic, tagging friends in ridiculous memes, and going to the gym (but only if childcare is included). Katie openly shares her experiences with conquering Postpartum Depression on her personal blog, "<a href="http://katievanbrunt.com/" rel="noopener">Loyal, Loving, & Learning</a>" in hopes of inspiring others to live their best life.


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