I have this problem of being in the lower level of our building. Well, let's be honest, I'm in the basement, walled in with a couple small windows and an open sunny area from the patio. Anyways, the basement. That's where I am. Except no one has figured that out yet (after 11 months of renting). My neighbors come barging into my studio at all ungodly times of the morning thinking it's the laundry room / storage room / utility room /etc. I'm not happy about this. I try to lock the door from the inside at all times, but sometimes I forget (like in a high, drunken-stupor. KIDDING
So, the end result, after the umpteenth-time of unwanted "trespassers" I birthed the studio sign in 20 minutes. Now it's firmly nailed in with some sharp black spikes that say (Hi, I'm a nice person, an artist, maybe a little eccentric at times ... don't leave your shit in front of my door, it's not my fault if you get scratches on your shelves if they're leaning ON MY DOOR and I happen to open said door. Please knock. I don't have attack dogs. Yet.)http://www.marked-expression.com/craft/sign/20070108_914.jpg
If anyone cares-
The Anti-Trespassing Tutorial.
-1 x Pre-sealed wooden artist painting thing (I swear I remembered the name 2 minutes ago!)
-3 x Pre-cut, pre-dyed bamboo pieces
-2 x glass globe beads (those marble-like things)
-Acrylic paints in various colors. I mixed red and purple to get the red that matches my walls. Otherwise I used black and bronze straight out of the tubes.
-Polyurethane or Similar Sealer (optional)
-something to hold up sign
-latex or similar gloves
-A big smile
INSTRUCTIONS (if it wasn't obvious enough...)
Paint the whole wood piece and let dry.
Paint sides in accent color and let dry.
Write name/words somewhere.
Paint random places on bamboo with black and bronze or other colors to match color scheme.
Paint glass beads with bronze or other accent color. Load it on thick and spikey to get texture. Needs about 10-15 minutes to dry.
If you're lucky and you have some "hairy" bamboo, snip or rip them off to use as "grass" later.
Before gluing position bamboo how you like. I chose a door, obviously. Make sure you like it, because once it's on, it's ON.
Glue down dryed bamboo pieces as you like with a glue gun. BE CAREFUL, those things are HOT.
Glue DRY (do a touch test first) glass beads on corners of bamboo pieces.
With normal, clear-drying glue, position and glue down bamboo rip-offs (grass).
Let the whole thing dry for a few minutes. Admire.
Put on some gloves, lay down newspaper, stir sealer. Find something to put under your sign so it's not touching the newspaper.
Paint one thin coat of sealer on top.
If you're lazy like me, this is where the project comes to an end. If you're really ambitious and you want your sign to bling-bling in your neighbor's eyes, add a couple extra coats - but leave enough time for drying in between.
Find hammer. Find nails. (alternative: hooks, see below)
Let your neighbors hear the joy of that sign being NAILED into the door. You officially exist. Your neighbors will, in the future, knock.
You made it to the end, congratulations!
Sarcastic tone to the side - crafty chics could put this on their craft-room door and alternatively make multiple signs that could be hung from two stationary nails and hooks attached to the sign. You could have things like... "Mom is working. Stay the $%(U)$% out or you don't get dinner tonight." You get it.
Thanks for looking!