Chalkboard “No Soliciting” Sign

Written by Cricket

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So we were sitting down relaxing the other day…

when suddenly we hear a knock on the door and the dog goes crazy! I’m sure you’ve experienced this if you have an embarrassingly untrained dog. One of us runs to the door to grab the dog while someone else carefully opens it to see who it is. Ugh! Another person selling Windows! Once again, we wonder why we don’t have a No Soliciting Sign!


But wait!

I can whip one right up. After all, I painted some boards the other day with my trusty “chalkboard” paint (you may recall the Chalkboard Garden Signs post.)





I think I’ll use the big board for this one. The others will be used for other projects. Oh, the lemons were just on the table so they found their way in the photo.




I looked on Pinterest to find the No Soliciting wording that I liked, and worked out the spacing on a piece of paper (two sheets taped together to fit). This is where my scrapbooking past comes in handy. Pencil it in or use regular chalk to write on the board if you are unsure of using the marker by itself.




Once I have the layout the way I want, I use a chalkboard marker to write it on the painted surface. You can use a permanent marker, but you can’t wipe it off when you mess up (although you could paint over it.)




Use a clear spray paint or acrylic sealer over the entire surface to keep the chalk from running and to protect it from rain. If you used permanent white marker or white paint you can skip this step.




just attach it to the wall outside of your door and hope people know what “No Soliciting” means. I wonder sometimes.


About the author


Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.