How to Make Your Own "Keep Out" Sign for Your Bedroom

Updated April 17, 2017

At times it seems that teenagers live in their bedrooms and they especially like their privacy. They delight in letting everyone in the house know that their rooms are off-limits. Personal signs are used by a lot more than just teenagers. You will usually see a "keep out" sign on tree houses and the like, or you may even find a sign conveying the same message at a place of business. Regardless of the material the sign is made from, it gets the message across plain and simple.

Sand all edges of the board including the front and back with the fine-grit sandpaper. Make sure the board is completely smooth.

Apply a basecoat of white craft paint to the front of the board. Let it dry and apply a second coat. Let it dry for an hour or two before continuing.

Mark off a 1-inch margin around all four sides of the front of the board. Use light pencil marks. Also mark the front of the sign board into eight equal sections.

Place one stick-on vinyl letter in the centre of the first four squares you have marked to spell out the word "KEEP." Skip one square and place the letters "OUT" in the next three spaces. This is a vertical sign to be hung on the door handle.

Attach the round screw-in hook to the top edge of the board. Tie on a piece of ribbon or cord for hanging the sign.

Erase all pencil marks and spray the front of the sign with varnish or lacquer.


If you are artistic you can paint on the letters. You can also add other decoration if you like.


Spray the varnish or lacquer in a well-ventilated area or outside in the open air. Be careful that wind doesn't blow the spray back toward you or toward other people or animals in the area.

Things You'll Need

  • Piece of wood (10 inches tall by 5 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick)
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • White craft paint
  • Medium size paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Vinyl stick-on letters (1 inch)
  • Round screw-in hook
  • Ribbon or cord
  • Varnish or lacquer
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Gracie Sprouse has been writing professionally since 1976. Her areas of expertise are in antiques, crafts, real estate, income taxes and small businesses. Her education consists of an Associate of Applied Science with a business and accounting major from Piedmont Virginia Community College.