What you will make:
Doorknob hangers are a standard feature of every hotel. One side
usually says "Do Not Disturb" and the other side says something
like "Maid Service Requested". The guest places the hanger on
the outside doorknob to communicate with the hotel staff.
You can make a
doorknob hanger to communicate with your family and friends. One side
might say "Do Not Disturb, I'm Sleeping Late Today" and the other side
might say "Wake In Time for School." You could also make
hangers for when you are doing homework or to tell your brothers and
sisters to stay out. You could even make doorknob hangers for school
classrooms or study rooms.
This project is well-suited for family, group or classroom
craft time. With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this
project will go quickly.
Here's what you need:
- Poster board or cardstock
- Crayons or markers
- Milk jug lid or other 1½" to 2" lid
- Optional: Computer paper, clip art, glue,
stickers, rubber stamps and stamp pad
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Doorknob Hangers
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed for making the doorknob hangers. If you
are doing this project with a group of children, pre-cut the poster
board or cardstock to size.
- Step 2: Draw
Use the pencil and ruler to draw a rectangle on the poster board
or cardstock. Make the rectangle about 3½" by 9" inches.
Place the milk jug lid about ½" from the top of the
rectangle, centered. Trace a circle around the milk jug lid.
Tip: You could also print Aunt Annie's Doorknob
Hanger pattern onto computer paper. Another option is
to design and decorate the doorknob hanger using a graphics program
on your computer. Check the sidebar for details on these options.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out the rectangle and round the top corners. Cut through
one side of the rectangle toward the circle and cut out the
Tip: To cut a smooth, round circle, rotate the
rectangle as you cut—not the scissors. Move the paper into
the scissors blades as you cut.
- Step 4: Write Message
Think about what message you want to write on each side of the
doorknob hanger. It could be something as simple as "COME IN"
and "STAY OUT". Write your messages on the hanger.
- Step 5: Finish
Decorate both sides of the doorknob hanger using crayons or
markers. You could also use stickers, stamp images with rubber
stamps or print and glue clip art from the Internet.
That's it! Hang it up!
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