The dishes in the dishwasher may be dirty, but that’s no reason to resort to boring and ugly methods for warning people about the bacteria-laden dangers slathered onto the plates and utensils inside. There are more aesthetically pleasing ways to protect the members of your family who reach directly into the washer and eat from the surface of whatever is inside. That’s why I’ve created a magnetic flower “sign,” which can be placed onto the door of the dishwasher when the dishes inside are dirty. Previously, we’ve just shoved a paper towel into the top of the washer and closed it so that it dangled around the front panel of the door, but I’ve walked by it several times and have asked myself, “Don’t we deserve better?” We do! We really do!
So, I’ve taken matters into my hands and have sounded an emphatic craft alert so that Nate, Alex, and the cat can take shelter or field trips—or anything they deem necessary in order to survive the 10-15 minutes it took for me to make this craft for the dishwasher. Here’s what you’ll need if you decide to make this project:
1) Magnetic backing/strips, which you can find in crafts supplies stores, OR: I used the magnetic “Student Driver, Please Be Patient Sign” that Alex no longer needs, since he has his driver’s license. Nate didn’t want him to remove this sign from his car, but I had planned ahead and bought “New Driver” magnetic strips to replace the “Student Driver” sign. Either way, Alex is still safe AND embarrassed. 😉
2) Origami or tissue paper—cut into square pieces—any size really.
3) Tape/stapler/ “Gorilla Glue.”
Use one square piece of paper—any color—as a background.
Then, just pinch the middle of the other squares and twist them around in any which way so that you end up with a free-form flower of sorts. Hold it together with staples or tape .Use any means necessary.
Tape, staple, or glue the “flowers” into the center of the background square.
“Gorilla Glue” the whole thing onto the magnetic backing/strips.
Unfortunately, Nate and Alex were busy when I sounded the craft alert, so they didn’t make it out of the house in time. However, after viewing the resulting craft, Alex gave me a very enthusiastic “thumbs up.” Nate, on the other hand, expressed concern about the message it was sending.
“Does the pretty flower sign mean that the dishes are clean or dirty?” he asked.
“If you see this magnet on the dishwasher, it means that the dishes are dirty. It’s the opposite of what you would think. That way it’s easier to remember.”
“Of course,” Nate said. “Of course.”
Then, he told me that while the flower was cheerful and festive and everything, there was no reason to sound the craft alert.
“Yes, there was a reason to sound the craft alert,” I argued. “We can’t keep dangling paper towels from the dishwasher door like they’re some kind of sad ‘surrender’ flag. I had to do something!”
“We already have something that’s even better,” he said with a smile.
Then, Nate opened the pantry door and took out a magnetic chip clip. He placed it onto the dishwasher door and at first, I didn’t think this was such a good idea, but then he placed a bag of chips into the teeth of the clip, and the whole look just came together.
“It’s perfect! It’s a look that says, ‘The dishes are dirty; have a snack that does not involve dishes. Just eat from a bag.’”
Still, I couldn’t let a good flower project that involves “up-cycling” a student driver sign go to waste. Also, there’s plenty of room on a dishwasher door to display as many signs as needed to get a “dirty dishes” message across. So, this is the new procedure for now—and I think it’s pretty clear:
–If the dishwasher door is displaying the chip clip with the flower magnet in its teeth, it’s perfectly fine to open the dishwasher door and use the plates inside. They are clean.
–If the dishwasher door is displaying the chip clip with a bag of chips in its teeth and the flower magnet is also on the door at the same time, the dishes inside are dirty.
–If the chip clip has both the flower magnet and the chips in its teeth, half of the dishes are clean and half are dirty. It’s up to you to figure out which ones are clean. Choose wisely.
–If more flower magnets suddenly turn up and the New Driver sign is missing, Alex, you’re in trouble 🙂
Your Turn: What’s a craft you’ve made recently?