A Gentle Reminder, It Doesn’t Flush Itself

cow painting

My sister is a minister in a small rural community in Oklahoma. Last week I recieved a call from her asking if I would do her a favor. She needed a few signs that would give a few people a gentle reminder, It doesn’t flush itself!

After I stopped laughing, I asked her why she needed those signs?

There are a few groups of people using the outreach building during the week.

Without fail, almost every week, the cleaning committee would come in on Saturday to clean before church on Sunday and they would find that the toilets hadn’t been flushed.

In days.

You get what I’m saying.

Ain’t nobody want to deal with that!

ribbon, vinyl, wrapping paper, frame

The outreach center’s decor theme is Cowboy Chic.

Keeping that in mind, I wanted to keep the sign’s design rustic with a little bit of glam.

Also, I was on a tight budget!

A quick trip to Hobby Lobby yielded a large 12 x 12 wooden frame for $9.99.

Using my 40% off coupon brought the frame’s total to just under $6.00.

So much cheaper than a pre-finished frame!

I also found ribbon and some wrapping paper to match.

black frame

The first thing I did on this project was to paint my frame black.

frame , wrapping paper

Once the paint was dry, I took the wrapping paper and cut out a square the exact size of my black frame.

Mod Podge

I painted the frame with a generous coat of Mod Podge and then applied the wrapping paper.

black frame, painting mod podge

Tip: When using Mod Podge make sure you have a nice even coat applied to your surface.

Once you have your paper laid on top of the glue, take a clean brush and gently remove any air pockets or wrinkles.

Once that is done, apply another even coat of Mod Podge to seal the paper.

vinyl, tools, scissors, black yardstick

While the Mod Podge was drying, using my Silhouette cutting machine, I cut out the vinyl lettering for my sign.

After cutting my black card stock to fit inside the frame, I applied the vinyl lettering to the card stock.

And just like that, my sister’s gentle reminder, “It doesn’t flush itself” was finished.

It doesn't flush itself sign

My sister is picking up the signs this weekend.

I sincerely hope that the signs work, as the cleaning committee is all in an uproar about the lack of hygiene!

Every time I see these signs I can’t help but laugh.

Of course, I’m not the one that has to clean the toilets either or I just might be tempted to give a not so gentle reminder, IT DOESN’T FLUSH ITSELF!

Until next time….

 A Gentle Reminder, It doesn't flush itself sign

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  1. I cannot imagine walking into that every week! Yuck. Hope that adorable sign makes a difference. And she sounds super sweet. I would have had some way more serious words on that sign. 😉

  2. Hi Tammy,

    I can’t imagine having that appear every week, gross. You wouldn’t leave at home, do the same when out.

    Love the wrapping paper you found, very cowboy chic.


    1. We certainly hope that they aren’t leaving that mess at home, but you are so right. When you are somewhere else, you need to treat it like your home!

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